With FIFA 12 bringing with it a ton of new features both visually and underneath the hood no one would fault EA Sports too much if they put this year’s entry, FIFA 13, on autopilot. Luckily for futbol fans out there, that’s not what EA Sports plans on doing, not in the slightest.
At a recent London-based event, EA Sports’ David Rutter detailed some of the changes that are coming to FIFA 13 and while most of them are improvements rather than the significant upgrades made for FIFA 12, they will still dynamically impact the on-the-pitch play. Furthermore, we have some first look screenshots of the game for you, but let’s be honest, this game is starting to look the same.
One of the most important improvements that are being made for FIFA 13 involves some key changes to the impact engine – the collision system introduced for last year’s iteration. While it oftentimes delivered some truly realistic player collisions, the impact engine also lead to some head-scratching player tie-ups that, while hilarious, were extremely frustrating.
Player AI is also being significantly upgraded for both teammates and opponents. Opposing strikers will now move with the defenders to remain onside, and will also try to anticipate through passes in order to get a one-on-one with the keeper.
Teammates will also give players a helping hand, as they will now better anticipate ball routes and pass attempts. Obviously these AI teammates aren’t psychic but at least they won’t constantly just run to the same spot over and over.
Free kicks are getting a huge improvement with a handful of new set piece options being available to help confuse the opposing team. Players can set up to three players near the ball to add confusion as to who is making the kick, and teammates will run off the wall for an easy dump off pass.
And finally comes word that ball control will be both more realistic and harder to execute. FIFA 13 will take into account each individual player’s skill and speed to determine how they would handle a ball played to them. To spice things up a little more dribbling will also be a little less simple, with gamers not being able to change direction and instantly dribble.
Yet again it looks like FIFA fans are in store for some changes that the casual gamer might never even notice, but are still important to improving the overall experience. It’s hard to tell from the screenshots just how much of a visual upgrade the player faces have supposedly received, but if the game looks and plays as well as last year’s iteration, and somehow improves upon that, the fans will definitely be happy.
Which of the new changes coming to FIFA 13 are you the most excited for? What changes yet to be announced do you think are a must for FIFA 13?
Source: Dark Side of Gaming