FIFA World Cup game Xbox One

EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil screenshotEA has explained the reasons behind its decision not to release the upcoming FIFA World Cup game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, saying that it wants to "make the best game we can for our largest audience, which is still on 360 & PS3."

In a series of tweets responding to questions from puzzled fans this afternoon, EA Sports said:

"Why isn't our World Cup game on X1/PS4? We are making the best game we can for our largest audience, which is still on 360 & PS3. For fans on X1/PS4, #FIFA14 will have a range of World Cup content and tournaments within FUT. More news closer to the tournament."

Its decision to limit the game to Xbox 360 and PS3 comes as a surprise, however, particularly given comments made by EA last week who said that it had experienced a "much sharper decline than anticipated in demand for current-generation software" at the tail-end of last year.

UPDATE: In addition to posting the above tweets, EA Sports has provided VideoGamer.com with a more detailed explanation behind its decision to skip PS4 and Xbox One, posted below.

"EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is coming exclusively to Xbox 360 and PS3 as a fully featured console game, " said EA Sports. "For our fans on the new generation of consoles and playing FIFA 14, we will have a range of engaging content, promotions and tournament within FIFA Ultimate Team so that those fans can experience the World Cup in unique and fun ways.

"When we made the decision we considered a number of factors but most importantly we wanted to create a great game within our development resources that could reach as many people as possible and the way to do that was make our best game yet on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We gave our team the mandate of setting a laser focus on building the highest quality game for X360 and PS3 they could, and that’s exactly what they are doing."

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Q&A

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How many games are played at the FIFA 2010 World Cup?

64 total games will be played.
There are 32 teams with 4 teams per group in the group stages of the tournament. The group stages are in the round-robin format with each team playing the other teams in their group once giving us 4C2 (6 games) per group leading to 48 matches in the group stages. The top two teams in each group on points qualify for the knockout phases of the tournament.
The 16 remaining teams are paired up with the winners of each game moving to the next round leading to 8 + 4 + 2 + 1 (15) games being played to determine the winner of the competition. There's also a game t…

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