Fans Select Reus over Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez, and Eden Hazard for FIFA cover honour
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced that fans chose Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund to be the global cover athlete of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17. Over the past two weeks, fans have voted on the official FIFA Cover Vote Website for their favourite player among four FIFA 17 ambassadors, James Rodriguez of Real Madrid C.F., Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC, or Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund. Fans cast over 3.1 million votes, with Reus emerging as the victor.
Reus is a highly-decorated winger, and is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous attackers in Europe. Reus was named Footballer of the Year in Germany in 2012, and has 29 appearances with the German National Team. Reus was also recently named captain of Dortmund, and will be wearing the captain’s armband in the coming season.
“It is incredible to see how fans get behind their favourite player – Marco plays for a great club, is really fun to watch, and he is very popular in FIFA Ultimate Team, so it makes a lot of sense that the fans picked him,” said Nick Channon, Senior Producer for EA SPORTS FIFA. “ Reus joins an elite group of international football superstars who have appeared on the cover of FIFA over the years.”
“I’m honored to join a very distinguished group of footballers to appear on the cover of FIFA,” said Reus. “Most of all I am humbled that the fans have chosen me, and I will strive to make them proud with my performance on the pitch.”
All four players featured in this year’s cover vote are global ambassadors for FIFA 17 and influenced key gameplay features to bring innovation to the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, take set pieces, and use new techniques in attack. Reus serves as the face of the new Active Intelligence System, which impacts off ball activity and the way players move, read and react.
With innovative gameplay features that let fans own every moment on the pitch, FIFA 17 brings an overhaul to Physical Play, a Set Piece Rewrite, New Attacking Techniques, and a brand new Active Intelligence System.
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 is developed by EA Vancouver and EA Bucharest, and will be available in North America on September 27 and worldwide on September 29 on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3. The game is not yet rated.