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FIFA 17 Adds Story Mode With Alex Hunter's Journey

E3’s procession of press conferences brought the news that FIFA 17 [official site] will be getting a story mode and I’m… kind of excited about that.

The mode is called The Journey and the E3 trailer follows Alex Hunter (which manages to be both an EXTREMELY videogames protagonist name and an EXTREMELY footballer name). He’s been causing flurries of excitement at the exit trials (they’re sort of showcase matches for young players hoping to catch the attention of scouts from various clubs) due to his footballing prowess.

The early part of the trailer is kind of reminiscent of some of the football fanfic I used to read back in the day (yeah, that’s a thing – some of it went really weird places and you left with MANY questions but some was just really sweet Mary Sue-type stuff where kids would clearly just want to be an amazing and famous footballer, scoring goals on their debut and living in fancy houses).

BUT THEN! Things take a darker turn. We are told that this fame and glory can disappear “just like that”.

Now it’s all off-target shots and José Mourinho and wanting to fight for your place and suits and shoving.

“For the first time ever in FIFA, live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play on any club in the Premier league, for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on the planet. Experience brand new worlds in FIFA 17, all while navigating your way through the emotional highs and lows of The Journey.”

The FIFA site indicates that choice will play a big part in how the story unfolds, so you can choose to pursue personal glory or be more of a team-player. In case you’re interested a number of Premier League players acted as “authenticity consultants” and the actual writing was by Tom Watt who ghost-wrote David Beckham’s autobiography.

I’m wondering if you absolutely have to be a star striker or whether you can just be a really solid defender. Like, do I have to be Beckham/Shearer or can I be a Moore or a Maldini?

FIFA 17 is due out on September 29th, but hopefully Adam will return from LA with answers sooner…

Don’t miss the rest of our E3 2016 news this week.

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