Video games released annually are destined to stagnate, and that’s precisely what’s happened to EA Sports’ worldwide FIFA series over the last five years. Mostly unburdened by any real market competition, EA Sports seemed content to roll out minute, non-gameplay tweaks to a FIFA game series that hadn’t undergone any substantive overhauls since FIFA 11.
So it has been ever since. We tell ourselves FIFA 17 will change mostly without believing. And now Jose Mourinho is telling us football is changing and we’d like to believe FIFA is too.