A joint press release from Electronic Arts and Microsoft has announced the formation of the FIFA Interactive World Cup. This will be a new series of tournaments combining on- and off-line soccer action from FIFA Football 2005
on the Xbox.
Starting this year, the Interactive World Cup will tour six continents from October to December 2004, with the finals being played at the "FIFA Player of the Year Gala" in Zurich in December 2004.
The Xbox will also become the "Official Licensed Video Game Console of the 2006 FIFA World Cup", to be held in Germany. Although by that point in time the next-generation Xbox will likely be Microsoft’s lead console.