Euro soccer only be available as FIFA 12 DLC

EA Sports is changing the way European soccer fans can get their gaming futbol fix based on the European Football Championship every four years. Instead of the traditional standalone UEFA Euro title this year, the 2012 version will only be available as DLC for FIFA Soccer 12.

The goal is to make the popular FIFA 12, which has already sold more than 10 million units, a year-round experience, EA Communication Manager Steve Frost told Gamasutra. "We felt this was the best way to extend that experience and deliver fresh new content to our fans."

The idea behind the move is to keep people excited about FIFA.

"We expect that some fans who may not have FIFA 12 will want to play Euro 2012 and therefore purchase both, but the bigger opportunity for us is to offer our loyal and passionate FIFA fans new content," Frost said.

The Euro 2012 expansion DLC with be available April 24.