It's not likely that a massive number of people will buy both current-generation and next-generation versions of Madden NFL 25 or FIFA 14, but those who do will be able to transfer Ultimate Team items between them, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.
Ultimate Team is a mode in which you build a fantasy team with digital trading cards of real-life players, and compete with those teams online to earn in-game currency that you can spend on card packs.
Madden Ultimate Team users on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be able to take up to 1,100 items — 100 active items (55 players, 45 additional items) plus 1,000 reserve items — and bring them over to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can only do this from PS3 to PS4 and from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, and you can only do it once on each set of consoles. What's more, the transfer only goes one way: Once you've brought over the items, you'll still be able to use them in Ultimate Team games on your current-gen console, but you won't be able to auction them off or trade them.
The FIFA developers at EA Canada have built a much more complete intgration between the current-gen and next-gen versions of FIFA 14: Your full Ultimate Team will carry over from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, and from PS3 to PS4. That includes your roster, in-game coins and items, as well as any trophies you've earned; any changes you make on either current-gen or next-gen are reflected across both. You'll also maintain your divisional rank in Season mode when you go from current-gen to next-gen, and the mode will let you make a one-time transfer of accumulated FIFA Points (another in-game currency).
Owners of the Amazon-exclusive Anniversary Edition of Madden 25 will receive an additional bonus for doing the transfer: six All-Pro card packs for use on a next-generation system.
This year's iterations of both Madden Ultimate Team and FIFA Ultimate Team emphasize chemistry between teammates and competition between users and their friends. Madden NFL 25 will be released Aug. 27 on Xbox 360 and PS3, while FIFA 14 will launch Sept. 24 on PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Both games will be launch titles on Xbox One and PS4 this fall. Check out our hands-on impressions from E3 of early next-gen versions of Madden 25 and FIFA 14.