‘Revolutionary’ new gameplay features will make this year’s FIFA the best in the series to-date, says EA.
The game’s studio has implemented what it describes as ‘the deepest feature set in the history of the franchise’. These include an overhaul to the in-game dribbling, free kick and first-touch mechanics.
And FIFA 13 line producer Nick Channon told MCV that this will help the game recapture the excitement lacking from FIFA 12.
“These are very much game-changing features that wil usher in a gameplay revolution for the franchise,” Channon told MCV. “Whilst FIFA 12 is lauded as the absolute best in the series, at times it lacked the excitement and out of chair moments that FIFA 09 and 10 had.
“We’re putting those moments back in with gameplay features that create a true battle for possession and give you freedom in attack.
“With these features and others that we haven’t announced, this will be the best FIFA game we have ever developed.”
Channon also dismissed concerns that the advancements to the FIFA gameplay are making the football franchise inaccessible to novice players.
“We believe that most people who play FIFA, whether a hardcore gamer or a first-time player, wants to play a game as realistic and authentic as the games they watch every weekend,” he said. “We all want our football heroes to look, move and respond like they do in real life so our goal each year is to make the most realistic football game ever.”
Like with previous iterations of FIFA, FIFA 13 will feature heavy digital and service-based elements, including big changes to EA’s Football Club.
“We want to be the most connecting brand in the video games industry,” said EA Sports President Andrew Wilson.