EA Sports is close to launching the "free-to-play" version of its footy franchise for PC, called EA Sports FIFA Online,
in Europe and North America. A closed beta begins February 3, and the publisher is looking for feedback to help shape the game before it goes into open beta this June. EA will allow 20,000 testers in the first phase, so sign up now if you're interested
. The game will officially launch "over the next 12 to 24 months" across "Europe and then in North America." FIFA Online
has been available in Asia for years
It's not like sales of "regular" FIFA are hurting
, so who is this game for? Executive Producer Kaz Makita says FIFA Online
is for the "large number of football fans who do not want a console gaming experience due to time and other priorities in their personal lives, but they still want to be able to play a top-quality football video game." Ohh, we get it now, it's the FIFA
game you play at work! Gotcha.