EA Busted Selling Reskinned Games As New

This won’t surprise those of you already predisposed to expect the worst from this particular company, but for the rest of you still posessing of some level of credulity, prepare to be shocked, SHOCKED, by a display of mendacity so blatant and lazy you’ll barely believe it happened. IGN has verified that FIFA ’13 for Wii and Vita is actually just FIFA Vita (last year’s FIFA game for Vita), “cynically reskinned” and marketed as the newest installment in the series.

To prove it, IGN has posted the following screencaps comparing FIFA Vita to FIFA ’13 for Vita:

FIFA Vita:

FIFA ’13

FIFA Vita

FIFA ’13

As you can see, each screen is identical, the only difference being that FIFA 13 has a different color outfit and new haircut for the soccer player. The backgrounds are identical, so too is the menu. The same mendacious packaging has also been verified for the Wii version of FIFA ’13 by Nintendo Gamer. When pressed, EA issued this statement to IGN:

“FIFA 13 on PS VITA features 30 leagues, 500 officially licensed teams and 15,000 players all wearing this year’s kits and playing for their current teams. It is the same great FIFA gameplay for the PS VITA, including touch-screen controls, and also features popular modes like Career Mode, Be A Pro, and a deep set of online features. We felt it was important to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience on PS VITA.”

Yes, each game contains some slightly new content, but they are essentially repackaging an old game and selling to players again at the same price. You’ve been warned.

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15 Comments on EA Busted Selling Reskinned Games As New

SweetPea

On October 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

What happened to IGN? First they criticize the Leviathan DLC for ME3 and now this?
Seems like EA stopped paying them.

Blarty

On October 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Can someone explain exactly how if FIFA vita was released in February of this year, how exactly is it last years FIFA?

Annual sports franchise releases, across the industry, have nearly always been incremental and minor updates, and if somehow a background screen being the same has somehow now caused the scales to fall from the eyes of the Internet, then you’re far more gullible and/or deluded than it at first appears. The key thing is, is the game itself any better? Has gameplay improved? Have issues from the previous outings been addressed or at least in some way tackled etc, Whether a background graphic hasn’t been changed or menu icons are the same is irrelevant compared to the actual amen lay itself, especially when it comes to the vita as its the first chance to really improve on the game.

Blarty

On October 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

… And from what I’ve read, the gameplay and modes are pretty much the same which is utterly shameful, but again if you’re fooled by different screens and slightly better looking grass and then when these don’t change you then reach for the pitchfork then I believe it is already too late for you. I don’t play FIFA but my son did, and got a couple of the games on release days and last year he left it until after Christmas, and this year isn’t bothered in he slightest, for precisely the reason that changes are pretty negligible…. And he can see it at the age of 11

SupremeAllah

On October 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Repackaging the old to sell as new?

Why, that sounds like the Call of Duty marketing stratagy!

At least it runs at 60fps, as does any game that was coded a decade ago on current hardware! Blarg!

Michael

On October 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Hey IGN.
Its their artistic integrity.
LMFAO.

Amagoi

On October 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

@SweetPea. My thoughts exactly. The most surprising part of this story is the fact that IGN reported it first.

Mike

On October 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hey IGN.
Its their artistic integrity.
LMFAO.

Michael, you win the internet.

Axetwin

On October 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Id like to point out that this story is NOWHERE on IGN’s front page. Which means them reporting on it was just a red herring to make themselves appear more unbiased, but then quickly buried the story.

bfskinner

On October 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

Well, you have to ask yourself: “if people are willing to pay for the same re-skinned content year after year, then wouldn’t it run counter to the ‘maximize shareholder value’ imperative for EA not to do that?” I’m not defending EA, just pointed out that if your customers are morons, you kind of have to take advantage of that.

R.J.

On October 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’m not really that surprised. Sports titles aren’t really known for innovating with each iteration, so seeing EA just reskin one of these games isn’t too shocking. My guess is that they figured between the fact that sports titles generally only make minor, if any, real changes and that they were targeting smaller markets with the Wii and Vita, EA probably thought nobody would notice.

And as Axetwin pointed out, if not for Game Front, I wouldn’t have known about this. IGN might have discovered it and followed up by questioning EA, but it’s nowhere to be found unless you know to search for it. Usually this is the type of thing that a journalist loves to come across, and yet they let it slip away.

Cho

On October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I knew this already, frankly I was amazed that Official Playstation Magazine saw fit to mention this considering they were one of the most personal and vehement attackers of anyone who found fault in Mass Effect 3,

Kevin

On October 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

It was on their front page on Friday at 18:50 EST. I know because I was the one who tipped the GF staff off to it. :)

GT

On October 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

A similar story about the Wii version was posted last month.

http://m.nintendo-gamer.net/2012/09/27/fifa-13-wii-vs-fifa-12-wii-the-shocking-truth

R.J.

On October 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

EA’s attitude in response is ridiculous. They act like it’s the customers’ fault for wanting something more than what could have been provided in an update. Oh boy, it has a bunch of licensed teams and players. Wait a second, that is the minimum one would expect from a licensed sports game. Try again, EA.

Wesker1984

On October 16, 2012 at 2:03 am

I dont care, i dont play, dont want, dont like, dont buying sports games.