EA has brought forward the PS2 version of FIFA Football 2003 to clash directly with Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2 on October 25th, a move aimed at, well, who knows? FIFA 2003 is a big step-up from previous iterations, particularly 2002 FIFA World Cup, which even the developer has described using foul four-letter words we can't print here, but surely it can't hope to give Konami's incredible footy simulation a race down the wing?
Pre-orders for PES2 are already enormous, whereas EA has made this change at the last minute. FIFA's trump card is its accessibility, but PES2 has unparalleled realism - it really is football.
Xbox, GameCube, PC, GameBoy Advance and PSone versions of FIFA Football 2003 are due out next Friday, November 1st.