EA preps Korea-exclusive FIFA

Considering that soccer will be the world's sport, it's only fitting that Electronic Arts' latest game of footie is undoubtedly an international effort. Redwood City, California-based EA today announced that the EA Canada development studio is challenging at work with Korean publisher Neowiz upon an online-only PC version of the FIFA Soccer series.
Neowiz, whose past titles include Special Force and Yogurting, will lend its knowledge in the Korean market on the project. That insight is going to be especially crucial as EA is developing the action specifically for your Korean game-room market.
The partnership with this project looks to capitalize about the FIFA 19 Coins popularity of soccer within the country (Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan), the recent game room phenomenon, plus the strength in the FIFA Soccer make of games, which EA touts as being the best-selling sports franchise of time in Korea.
"Developing a web based game that's designed to fascinate Korean gamers' tastes and culture may play an important role even as extend our business online further into Asia," said Jon Niermann, president of EA Asia Publishing in the statement.

But while EA may seem to approach the agreement as a way to further boost its Korean operations, Neowiz is looking at it to be a way for making its name in the evening country's borders. Neowiz president Sung Kyun Na stated that FIFA game (currently supposed to be exclusive to your Korean market) "will define a fresh dimension of free online games for worldwide audiences inside the near future."
While no firm release date is set, EA expects to get the game installed and operating in time to the June 9 start from the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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