In what could perhaps be among the least surprising pieces of news today, EA said that it’s working on FIFA 16 and FIFA 17, even before FIFA 15 ships.
Video games usually take longer than one year to be developed. This is a little different however with iterative games like the FIFA series, considering that most of the baseline tech and gameplay employed by those games don’t go through drastic changes year to year. A sentiment which is reflected by EA’s Peter Moore in an interview with CVG.
“There are two phases to [development],” he said. “There’s the core game itself. We have several hundred people working on that and it’s a staggered development process, so there are already people working on FIFA 16.
“I think some people have the misconception that you finish the game and the entire team goes off for two weeks before starting on the next game, which isn’t how it works.
“You have parallel development that goes on where you have frontrunners that are thinking about what FIFA 16 is and in some instances FIFA 17 because there are development and engineering and tech decisions that need to be made.”