EA Sports: FIFA 14 a 'massive difference' from FIFA 13

9:29 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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EA Sports' 'FIFA 14' video game.

Electronic Arts is looking to "Ignite" its FIFA pro soccer video game franchise with FIFA 14.  The game will be powered by the new EA Sports Ignite engine on next-gen consoles and is being promised as being drastically different from last year's FIFA 13.

"This game is a massive difference from what was FIFA 13," said Sebastian Enrique, a producer on the game.

Enrique credits this claim with four main points featured in the upcoming soccer video game:

  • Precision movement: This is supposed to take into account every step a player makes on the pitch, including planting, pivoting, cutting, and shifting momentum.  Player acceleration and deceleration is being designed to be more realistic with a game-changing effect on gameplay.
  • Pure Shot:  Players are being designed to have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position to score - even if they're off-balance when doing so.
  • Real Ball Physics: The game will now determine the trajectories of balls in game, enabling players to strike the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or swerving shots.
  • Protect the Ball: This is supposed to allow player to fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling.  Also, players should be able to out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the ball.
"Feedback we got from [FIFA] 13 was that the game was too fast and was box-to-box all the time," commented Enrique.  "But now with these features we're doing, you can really play a ball position game so it feels more rewarding all over the place."

To appeal to as large an audience as possible, core versions of FIFA 14 will have a number of play options.

"The people, even if they're from the same country and the same age, they love playing different things," Enrique explained.  "So we offer Ultimate Team, we offer online play, seasons, pro clubs, we have career mode, we have Kickoff for new people coming into the game.  We have what we call Skill Games, which is a fun way to play where you learn the mechanics of the game."

As far as multiplayer goes, exactly how it works in FIFA 14 is dictated by which platform on which the game is being played.  For example, online multiplayer is always capable of being a 22-player affair, but local multiplayer is limited to a max of seven players on PS3, five on PC, and four on Xbox 360.

FIFA 14 will release onto the following platforms on September 24 (or at hardware launch for next-gen systems): Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii (and, by proxy, Wii U), Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

The ESRB has rated this game "E for Everyone".


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