At E3 2014 last month we got our first taste of FIFA 15 in action, including a live presentation on the game’s new features and some hands-on time with the Xbox One version. Now, EA Sports has released just a small portion of the presentation we saw at E3 2014 that focuses on the visual improvements for this year’s game.

As expected, EA Sports is looking to improve upon the player representations in FIFA 15 to more accurately portray these real life footballers. Real time lighting, animated hair, and evolving kits (jerseys) are just a few of the improvements EA Sports has added to make players look as close to their real life counterparts as possible.

On top of that, FIFA 15 boasts what EA Sports is calling a “living pitch,” which means that the field will degrade as the match progresses. In past games, the pitch would remain pristine from minute 1 to minute 90, but now players will be able to see the wear and tear that comes from a sport where players literally slide through the grass.

We certainly came away from our FIFA 15 demo impressed with EA Sports’ visual presentation from top to bottom. Players looked more lifelike, and thanks to the emotional intelligence system they interacted in more realistic fashions; the pitch showed felt like a real playing field; and the stadium/crowd reacted to on-field play in a dynamic fashion. When you’re looking at sports games year after year it’s the little touches that make a difference, and it appears EA Sports has put the little touches at the forefront of development.

FIFA 15 Visuals Trailer

As the video mentions, visual improvements are just one of a number of key areas that EA Sports is revamping for FIFA 15. The developers are also looking to improve on-the-field play, ball physics, and they even teased some potential new modes, or changes to fan-favorite modes, but fans will have to settle for this brief video.

With the World Cup in full swing, EA Sports has a unique opportunity. If the position FIFA 15 right, they could capitalize on the world’s increased interest in the sport of soccer.

What other improvements do you hope to see in FIFA 15? What do you think of the game’s visual presentation?

FIFA 15 releases September 23, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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