Some people are off the pitch - FIFA 17 reveals new storyline


Football title FIFA 17 will feature off-the-pitch drama as well as playing action for the first time, it emerged as the build-up to the E3 gaming show began in Los Angeles.

Developer studio Electronic Arts (EA) held the first of a series of events hosted by the gaming industry ahead of the three-day convention.

It revealed a new story mode in FIFA for the first time where players take control of a young footballer called Alex Hunter and must guide him through both the on and off-the-field aspects of his career.

It is the first time the series, which began in 1993, has focused on non-playing drama in addition to on-pitch action.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made a brief appearance at a simultaneous event in London to promote the new game, revealing his son has woken him up at night playing the series. 

Fellow gaming giants Sony and Microsoft - manufacturers of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles - will both hold their own showcase events on Monday before E3 opens officially on Tuesday.

The event is attended by over 50,000 media, developers and exhibitors as the biggest video games of the upcoming 12 months are viewed for the first time.

Microsoft are expected to use their press conference to unveil a new, slimmer version of the Xbox One console.

Images leaked on social media on Sunday night appearing to show the new console, suggesting it will be called the One S and be around 40% smaller than the current console, while also supporting 4K definition video output for the first time. 

EA also introduced new trailers for sequels to popular future-based war game Titanfall 2, as well as the First World War-based Battlefield 1.

The studio also confirmed that three new Star Wars games will be released over the next two years, including content taken from the new series of movies.