FIFA 13 debuts on Windows Phone 8 as Nokia Lumia exclusive

One of the bright spots in the games that are published by Electronic Arts are its series of FIFA pro soccer titles. The company has had a ton of success worldwide bringing the world of pro soccer (or football in rest of the world) to various gaming platforms. Today, the company released the newest port of its best selling FIFA 13, this time for Windows Phone 8 devices.

The Windows Store website has the information on the Windows Phone 8 version, which at the moment will be an exclusive for Nokia's family of Lumia smartphones. It's possible the game will be made available for other Windows Phone 8 products at a later date.

The game's description says:

Matches come to life with groundbreaking graphics and the most responsive controls ever delivered on Windows Phone 8. Featuring 30 leagues, 500 licensed teams, more than 15,000 players and 32 authentic stadiums!

The price for FIFA 13 is a very reasonable $4.99 to download. There are a few technical points to consider before you download the game. One is that it does require a smartphone with 1 GB of RAM, which means that the Lumia 520, 620 and 720 cannot play the game. Another is that there is no online multiplayer in this version. Finally, the file size for the download is a rather hefty 951 MB.

Source: Windows Store | Image via EA

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Lirodon said,
So much for not wanting to fragment Windows Phone...

A timed exclusive isn't much of a fragmenting. Now, if Lumias got WP8.*+1 while everyone else wad stuck with 8.*? That'd be more noteworthy. Or if only Lumias could use high-end parts.

And, honestly, there's NOTHING stopping Samsung or HTC from doing the same. Each OEM has their own selection of apps exclusive to their phones. Nokia is the only one really making a significant effort in this regard. The others probably just don't want to or think they'll get a worthy ROI on it. Nokia sort of has to hope WP improves its market position.

Timed exclusive helps Nokia. Eventual release to WP in general helps the platform. Seems fine to me.

Yeah, nokia has to do it, since it is only making WP smartphones now.

HTC and Samsung are not interested. HTC might be, if the rumors are try of htc one styled WP handset...

All Nokia exclusives are timed. They will all eventually reach the rest of the market.
Even Nokia's own apps like HERE Drive are available to everyone. Unlike some android exclusives.

Haha exclusive for lumia, doesn't really seem to be going that great for WP if you can't even get the biggest football game on a WP unless it's a nokia, just wow.

n_K said,
Haha exclusive for lumia, doesn't really seem to be going that great for WP if you can't even get the biggest football game on a WP unless it's a nokia, just wow.

Mirror's Edge was exclusive, and it spread out in time. I don't think its realistic for FIFA to remain a Lumia exclusive. And, really, I do suspect if it wasn't for Nokia, EA might not have bothered at all... Just a hunch, though.

Enron said,
Nokia pretty much is Windows Phone.

Yes but that doesn't mean they are ALL of windows phone.
This would drive me away from designing or making WP devices if I wasn't nokia as it looks like the company would be getting screwed for no reason and as a consumer I wouldn't get a WP device because of needless fragmentation because of the manufacturer of the phone.

sn0wbl1tz said,
All I see is Nokia making Windows Phone successful. They pretty much own the entire Windows Phone market.

This, WP8 would be nowhere if it wasn't for Nokia.
It isn't MS who's pushing developers to the platform, its Nokia dragging them in by their feet because MS refuses, or rather... fails to.
Also helps that even today, Nokia's build quality is unmatched.
I for one went with WP8 solely because of Nokia and waited for WP8 cause I knew WP7 was going to be dropped and no device would be upgraded. And one reason was Navifirm, so I do hope Nokia opens it up again cause I don't want a phone where I'm at the mercy of KPN. Last updates are still being rolled out and the period lasts until the new updates from MS/Nokia see the light.....
I could manually bypass it and upgrade last time, now with the next updates I most likely have to wait until frigging 2014.

FIFA13 not even available for android. EA probably makes more money selling it on Windows Phone. Things keep looking better and better for Windows Phone. We're also strating to see exclusives on the Microsoft platforms too, with releases such as Disqus, foursquare tablet app.

vcfan said,
FIFA13 not even available for android. EA probably makes more money selling it on Windows Phone. Things keep looking better and better for Windows Phone. We're also strating to see exclusives on the Microsoft platforms too, with releases such as Disqus, foursquare tablet app.

I suspect Nokia is helping to foot the bill for this. Also, the relatively samey hardware certainly makes it easier for EA to develop and test for... Doubly so since its a Lumia exclusive (presumably for a few months at least).

I remember reading that WP can bring in good revenue for games compared to Android, even though there are far fee users. Why? Because they were willing to pay more for the same thing as Android users. And I'm okay with that, although I have to admit I still am jealous of iOS's game selection

vcfan said,
FIFA13 not even available for android. EA probably makes more money selling it on Windows Phone. Things keep looking better and better for Windows Phone. We're also strating to see exclusives on the Microsoft platforms too, with releases such as Disqus, foursquare tablet app.
Where do you get your numbers from? I doubt EA makes more money on the Windows platform compared iOS. You're borderline starting a flame war for those who don't know any better. SMH

Edited by JHBrown, Jul 8 2013, 10:12pm :

It will get better as time goes by my friend. Windows Phone need more exclusives like these to make the platform attractive to everyday users.

JHBrown said,
Where do you get your numbers from? I doubt EA makes more money on the Windows platform compared iOS. You're borderline starting a flame war for those who don't know any better. SMH

EA goes where the money is, you obviously know nothing about gaming cause how EA operates is plain obvious and known throughout the world.

Shadowzz said,

EA goes where the money is, you obviously know nothing about gaming cause how EA operates is plain obvious and known throughout the world.
I've probably been gaming since you were a young lad, so I know exactly how the game is played. Again, I highly doubt Microsofts low market share sells more EA games than iOS. You might want to get your facts straight before making such a bold statement. Also this post is 24 hours old, move along troll.