EA has revealed the new trailer for Fifa 16 - announcing that it will be the first video game ever to feature women's football as a playable mode.
But while the announcement has brought praise for EA at a time when Fifa was mired in its worst ever corruption scandal, some fans seem more annoyed about the former than the latter.
The announcement that women are "in the game", a play on the famous EA Sports tagline "it's in the game", has prompted a torrent of misogynistic jokes on social media - showing this is just one very small step towards equality for the sexes in sport.
As EA unveiled the trailer, Fifa itself was embroiled in a huge corruption scandal involving two criminal probes and the arrest of senior officials.
Women in FIFA now, really looking forward to using 29 rated players— Will Sparrow-Saunt (@sparrowsaunty) May 28, 2015
Is there any actual want from the FIFA players to play as women? I don' care that theyre there it's just so far down the list if priorities— Darius (@GuyWhoLikesAFC) May 28, 2015
FIFA 16 have introduced female players. Just imagine the violation you can give to your friends by beating them with a full women's team— Agton (@agtonfernandes) May 28, 2015
They're putting women in the next FIFA? Imagine that, playing career mode n one of your players are out for 2 days with a broken nail— . (@JxstJxrds) May 28, 2015
Why would they put women in FIFA when 95% of players are boys??? Makes no sense— George (@Ballacked) May 28, 2015
Whats the logic behind putting women teams in Fifa? It won't fix the game and more shit players will be there. Great logic EA— Mohammad (@MohMarshad94) May 28, 2015
Imagine the ratings for all the women players on FIFA 16, if it was done in comparison to the men they'd all be like 10-20 rated hahaha— Amor (@TommAmor) May 28, 2015
FIFA 16 career mode- 'Your star striker will be out for 9 months due to pregnancy'— BiblicalShart (@BiblicalShart) May 28, 2015
Imagine a career mode in FIFA 16 where you scout a 15 year old girl and get locked up and the game ends— Aidan (@Aidrianoo) May 28, 2015
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