Pro Clubs was basically my most played game mode in FIFA 14. Admittedly, I’m the exception rather than the rule, with FIFA Ultimate Team easily the dominant game mode in the series these days, but it’s still quite disappointing to see EA announcing that the last generation versions of the game on PS3 and Xbox 360 will be missing out on the Pro Clubs game mode. If you want your Pro Clubs fix, that’s for the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions only.
In a statement from EA, they said:
We’re very confident in the amount of innovation and depth we’re delivering for FIFA 15 on PS3 and Xbox 360 but there are some things we couldn’t do for FIFA 15 on PS3 and Xbox 360, either based on the limitations of these consoles, or our time and resources. Most notably, Pro Clubs will not be a mode in FIFA 15 on Xbox 360 and PS3.
Considering its inclusion from last year, it definitely feels like this one has been removed to save on time and resources, rather than console limitations. Certainly, it’s going to save on the amount of time these versions of the game have to spend in testing, as it removes one tricky part of the game to test and code, but there’s also the savings on server time that EA will find.
Eurogamer has a handy list of the game modes that will appear in the PS3 and 360 versions:
- FIFA Ultimate Team – Loan Players, Concept Squads, Friendly Seasons and Legends (Xbox One and Xbox 360 only).
- Career Mode – managing your squad.
- EA Sports Football Club – share news and interact with your friends, and shop for unlockable items using the new EA Sports FC contextual widget.
- Tournament Mode – returns to FIFA 15 with all new tournaments.
- Online Seasons – compete online in a season format. Now with the Guest Play option to compete with friends on your team.
- Online Friendlies – compete online against your friends.
- Co-Op Seasons – compete online with a friend in 2v2 matches.
- Skill Games – new Skill Games added to the popular practice mode including four new games that cover the basics – dribbling, shooting, passing, defending.
- Kick Off – jump straight in to play head-to-head offline against a friend or the AI.
- Learn-to-Play (FIFA Basics).
- Practice Arena – practice 1v1 situations against the keeper.
On the plus side, the PS3 and Xbox 360 haven’t been relegated to being “Legacy Editions” just yet, so there are going to be some game improvements that are making the jump. If you want the best overall game though, and want to dive into a spot of Pro Clubs, you’ll be looking for the PS4, Xbox One or PC versions of the game.