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Electronic Arts today announced the release date of EA Sports’ UEFA EURO 2012, the only officially licensed game for the upcoming European Football Champion which begins June 8th in host countries Poland and Ukraine. Unlike previous editions of UEFA EURO, which were released as stand alone titles around the same time of their corresponding tournament, UEFA EURO 2012 is set to be a digital paid expansion to the hit EA Sports title FIFA 12, which has dominated the UK game charts since its release last year.

EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 recreates all the drama and excitement of the official tournament with all 53 UEFA member national teams, all eight official stadiums in the tournament, and all the pageantry and atmosphere of one of the largest and most-watched sporting events on the planet. Fans will be able to compete online* for national pride and glory as their favourite European country in the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament against rival nations in the group stage, progress through the sudden victory knockout rounds, and ultimately compete for the chance to be crowned UEFA EURO 2012™ champion. Plus, a live service will drive real-life story lines from the UEFA EURO 2012™ qualifying campaign and during the tournament into the game, enabling fans to relive dramatic moments with challenges based on real-life matches. Challenges will enable fans to earn experience points and level up their EA SPORTS Football Club profile.

“This game will tap into the passion fans have for their national teams by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, and re-creating all the emotion of the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament,” said Producer Sebastian Enrique. “We are utilizing the best-playing FIFAvideogame ever, driving live, digital content created from the biggest headlines from the tournament into the game, and offering an exclusive new mode that will challenge gamers in unique and compelling ways.”

The all-new Expedition Mode designed exclusively for UEFA EURO 2012 enables fans to build, manage and compete with a customized team against other European nations, crafting the perfect strategy for European domination. Fans will choose their favourite European player or FIFA 12 Virtual Pro to captain their customized team, win matches to earn better players from defeated nations, and then defeat the best nations to earn the best players in a campaign quest to defeat all 53 countries and complete the journey to conquer Europe.

UEFA EURO 2012 is set to release on the 24th of April in North America, while the rest of the world will be able to get it from the 25th and 26th of April. The suggested price for the expansion is 1800 Microsoft Points (XBOX 360), 2500 FIFA Points (PC) or $19.99AUD (£15.99).