EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the only officially licensed video game of this summer's football World Cup, will be released on April 17 for Xbox 360 and PS3, EA has announced.

No other versions have been announced.

The game promises multiple innovations and improvements to the gameplay of FIFA 14, including the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction quickly on and off the ball.

7,469 players from 203 nations will be brought to life with one hundred new animations, including passing, saves, and penalty kicks. The game also features 19 officially licensed managers and 21 new stadiums including all 12 from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

New Features

World Class Control - all-new control system which includes additional dribbles and flicks. New passing animations, including both ground and outside of the foot curling passes, will open the door to more attacking options.

Set Piece Tactics - Use the D-pad to command your teammates and strike fear from set pieces and corners.

New Penalty Kicks - New save animations and shot tuning puts players in control of their nation's fate. Keepers can throw off kick-takers by performing different animations including wobbly-knees, matador, and shoot-it-there points.

Over-the-Back Headers - Now defenders can leap over attacking players to clear the ball to safety.

adidas Ball Physics - We've partnered with the official football supplier of the FIFA World Cup to ensure the Brazuca and other adidas footballs behave as they would in the real world.

In Road to the FIFA World Cup mode players can choose from any national team and play with one to 32 players locally through the qualifying rounds, and on to the group stages of the FIFA World Cup.

Road to Rio de Janeiro is an all-new online mode that lets players win their way across a map of Brazil's 12 host cities in licensed and authentic stadiums.

Other game modes include:

Captain your Country - The popular FIFA game mode returns. Work your way through the squad list and lead your country through qualifying and to FIFA World Cup glory.

Story of Qualifying - Over 60 real scenarios taken directly from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Relieve, recreate and/or change the outcome of some the best matches.

Additional Modes - 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kick Off, Skill Games, Online Friendlies, EA SPORTS Football Club.

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Given the success of FIFA 14 on PS4 and Xbox One it seems bizarre for EA not to release the new World Cup game for these platforms. Those gamers enjoying the gameplay advancements of the new generation games are also unlikely to switch back to PS3 and Xbox 360.

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