Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled innovations to the greatest sports game on the planet that will enable fans to experience the emotion of scoring great goals when playing EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system and PC.
Innovations to the franchise’s award-winning gameplay will make FIFA 14 the complete matchday experience, introducing features that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictate the tempo of a match and create rewarding opportunities. Great football matches are achieved through measured build up and incredible finishing. A new feature in FIFA 14 called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating.
“FIFA 14 will play the way great football matches are contested with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created, and incredible finishing,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 14. “Opportunities in FIFA 14 will be rewarding and great goals will look stunning.”
Finishing has been transformed with Pure Shot so players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel more exhilarating and rewarding. New shot types include pure strikes, as well as off-balance and rushed shots. Plus, Real Ball Physics now determines the trajectories of balls, enabling players to kick the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or turbulent shots, just like real footballers.
Fans will be able to create rewarding build up to opportunities and have the tools to dictate the tempo of a match through four new features. Protect The Ball will enable players to fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed, or out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the pass, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities. Teammate Intelligence has been improved on both sides of the ball. New decision-making logic delivers tighter, smarter marking and improved run tracking where defenders recognize opportunities to provide support and win back possession, while attacking players have new ways to outsmart their opponents by creating space for themselves, running along the backline and checking their pace. Major changes to ball control add new tools to win the midfield battles. Sprint Dribble Turns enable players to turn in every direction at sprint speed while preserving momentum, delivering the control and confidence to take on defenders one-on-one. Variable Dribble Touches introduces variety on touches when sprinting. Skilled players will have better touch and more control when sprinting with the ball.
In addition to innovations to gameplay, FIFA 14 is introducing a game-changing new way to play Career Mode. The Global Scouting Network brings the world of professional scouting to life. Players now develop and refine a scouting network and search for talent year-round. Scouts can evaluate footballers all over the world to uncover the attributes and traits of every player in the game, in preparation for the transfer windows. Plus, a new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.
FIFA 14 will deliver engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club, making FIFA 14 football’s social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world. The game will also feature:
- Changes to the wildly popular FIFA Ultimate Team
- A new online Mode that will encourage social competition
- Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
- Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs.
FIFA 14 is in development at EA Canada and will be available in stores world-wide this fall. You can join the EA SPORTS football community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa or follow them on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hash tag #FIFA14.
Electronic Arts declared Germany the winner of UEFA EURO 2012 after running a tournament simulation using the market-leading football engine that drives EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 on the PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and PC. EA SPORTS was able to simulate the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship and test all 16 teams under the same conditions they will face in the weeks ahead. It was determined that Germany will defeat Netherlands 2-1 at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv on July 1 to win The Henri Delaunay Trophy.
The final itself saw the Germans fall behind 1-0 after Robin van Persie struck home a left-footed rocket from just outside the box in the 24th minute. Van Persie finished as the tournament’s top goal scorer with five goals. However, the Dutch lead did not last long as Mesut Özil leveled the score 12 minutes later, setting the stage for the golden goal from Mario Gómez, his fourth of the tournament. Gómez went high into the air between two Dutch defenders on a corner kick by Bastian Schweinsteiger to knock home the winner in the 78th minute, delivering Germany its fourth UEFA EURO championship.
Fans around the globe will compare these results to the real-world tournament as it unfolds beginning June 8. EA SPORTS has predicted that the Germans will win all three group stage matches, and maintain their form throughout the knockout phase, but it took a Miroslav Klose goal in extra time to propel the Germans past Italy 1-0 in the semi-final. Germany’s path to the Final included a 3-2 victory over Netherlands in the group stage and a 3-1 victory over Poland in the quarter-final.
Netherlands finished second behind Germany in the Group Stage after wins over Portugal and Denmark. Their road to the final included a 2-0 victory over Russia in the quarter-finals and a thrilling 3-1 semi-final victory over defending champion and pre-tournament favourite, Spain. In the semi-final match, Arjen Robben and David Villa traded first half goals before Van Persie put the Dutch ahead in the 64th minute. Spain had several efforts on goal in the final third of the match but couldn’t capitalize on its chances as they pushed all players forward in an attempt to draw even, eventually conceding a counter attack goal in the 86th minute from striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
England had its hearts broken in the quarter-finals. After an absorbing 2-2 draw with Spain, England went out 4-3 on penalty kicks. The fifth English shooter, striker Andy Carroll, was stopped when keeper Iker Casillas guessed correctly, diving to his right to get a hand on the hard low shot that propelled Spain into the semi-finals. Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard all notched goals for England in the penalty shootout while Carroll and Jermain Defoe were stopped. Spain goals came from David Silva, Xabi Alonso, Andrés Iniesta, and Fernando Llorente.
Italy, after finishing second behind Spain in Group C with a 1-1-1 record, got a goal in the 77th minute from striker Mario Balotelli to defeat Group D winner France, 2-1, in their quarter-final match. Italy scored just four goals in the tournament and couldn’t generate any offence in its semi-final match against the Germans, finally succumbing 1-0 in extra time. The French suffered their only loss in the tournament to Italy, after drawing 2-2 with England and posting 2-0 wins over Ukraine and Sweden in the Group Stage.
EA SPORTS has a proven track record of correctly predicting winners using its game engines across all of its simulation sports franchises. EA SPORTS correctly predicted Chelsea would defeat Liverpool 2-1 to capture this year’s FA Cup and Spain would win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. (The Madden NFL franchise has correctly predicted seven of the past nine Super Bowl champions.)
EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012, the officially licensed videogame of UEFA EURO 2012™, is available now to purchase as a digital expansion pack on EA SPORTS FIFA 12. Visit http://www.ea.com/uk/football/euro12 for more information about the game features.
EA SPORTS UNVEILS REVOLUTIONARY SET OF GAME-CHANGING INNOVATIONS FOR FIFA 13
Electronic Arts Inc have unveiled five game-changing innovations that will bring revolutionary changes to EA SPORTS™ FIFA 13 along with the largest and deepest feature set in the history of the franchise.
“We are perfecting the best sports game in the world with innovations that capture all the drama and unpredictability of real-world football,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 13. “These are game-changing innovations that will revolutionize our artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and collisions to create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, and deliver freedom and creativity in attack.”
The most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever achieved for the FIFA franchise will drive FIFA 13 on HD consoles and PC. All-new Attacking Intelligence enables players to analyse space, work harder and smarter to break down defenses, and think two plays ahead. Players now possess the intelligence to create, curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings as they occur, make runs that pull defenders out of position to open passing channels for teammates, and better position themselves for new attacking opportunities.
In FIFA 13 every touch matters with the most comprehensive and intuitive dribbling system ever developed. Inspired by the world’s best footballer, Lionel Messi, Complete Dribbling enables players to face their opponent and use precise dribble touches combined with true 360° mobility with the ball, so it’s easier to be more creative and dangerous in 1v1 opportunities. Players change direction quicker, are more explosive accelerating with the ball, and are more effective shielding defenders for longer stretches. FIFA 13 1st Touch Control transforms the way players control the ball, eliminating near-perfect touch for every player on the pitch, and creating variety and uncertainty around ball control. Factors such as defensive pressure, trajectory of the ball, and velocity of the pass now impact a player’s first touch, creating more opportunities for defenders to win back possession.
The second generation of the Player Impact Engine expands physical play from just collisions to off-the-ball battles between players. Defenders push and pull for position, and use their size and strength to win possession or force opponents into poor touches and decisions before the ball arrives. FIFA 13 Tactical Free Kicks provides the tools to create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks utilising the most skillful players on the pitch. Position up to three attacking players over the ball and utilise dummy runs and more passing options to create elaborate free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot.
FIFA 13 will also feature:
- Improved Career Mode with major changes developed in response to requests from the most passionate fans of the franchise.
- New features to enhance the massive EA SPORTS FIFA online offering, including improvements to the wildly popular Head-To-Head Seasons mode
- Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
- Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs.
Additional new modes and features will be announced in the months ahead.
FIFA 13 will be available in stores throughout South Africa this spring for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system with Kinect™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Wii™, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch and other mobile platforms. The game has not yet been rated. Screenshots are available at http://info.ea.com.
EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 Digital Expansion Pack To FIFA 12
Gives Fans The Best Way To Experience The Drama Of The Real-World Tournament
Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS will celebrate UEFA EURO 2012 with the only officially licensed videogame of the 2012 European Football Championship which begins June 8 in Poland and Ukraine. EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 will be available as a paid digital expansion pack to fans who own EA SPORTS FIFA 12 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and PC. The videogame will be available to fans beginning April 24, 2012.
EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 recreates all the drama and excitement of the official tournament with all 53 UEFA member national teams, all eight official stadiums in the tournament, and all the pageantry and atmosphere of one of the largest and most-watched sporting events on the planet. Fans will be able to compete online* for national pride and glory as their favourite European country in the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament against rival nations in the group stage, progress through the sudden victory knockout rounds, and ultimately compete for the chance to be crowned UEFA EURO 2012™ champion. Plus, a live service will drive real-life story lines from the UEFA EURO 2012™ qualifying campaign and during the tournament into the game, enabling fans to relive dramatic moments with challenges based on real-life matches. Challenges will enable fans to earn experience points and level up their EA SPORTS Football Club profile.
“This game will tap into the passion fans have for their national teams by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, and re-creating all the emotion of the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament,” said Producer Sebastian Enrique. “We are utilizing the best-playing FIFA videogame ever, driving live, digital content created from the biggest headlines from the tournament into the game, and offering an exclusive new mode that will challenge gamers in unique and compelling ways.”
The all-new Expedition Mode designed exclusively for UEFA EURO 2012 enables fans to build, manage and compete with a customized team against other European nations, crafting the perfect strategy for European domination. Fans will choose their favourite European player or FIFA 12 Virtual Pro to captain their customized team, win matches to earn better players from defeated nations, and then defeat the best nations to earn the best players in a campaign quest to defeat all 53 countries and complete the journey to conquer Europe.
UEFA EURO 2012 is developed by EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C and is scheduled for release on April 24, 2012 in North America and Europe, and April 25 in other countries around the world. It did escape our attention that the screenshots feature up-to-date federation kits. The new Tango 12 Adidas match ball doesn’t feature yet and we expect all the boots on display to be replaced by the time Eur 2012 comes around. We expect Ea Sports to be up-to-date when the expansion pack is released however.
EA SPORTS invites football fans from around the world to free their game with FIFA Street, available in retail stores today in South Africa for the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, and for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system. The community buzz and appetite for an authentic street football game has pushed the FIFA Street demo to near-record levels of global excitement. More than 2.1 million people have downloaded the demo in the past two weeks, making FIFA Street the second most downloaded demo—behind only FIFA 12—released by EA SPORTS over the past year.
FIFA Street is the first street football videogame that authentically replicates the way the game is played around the world. It is described as “spectacular” by Official Xbox Magazine, earning an Editor’s Choice award and a review score of 9 out of 10. PlayStation: The Official Magazine calls the action, “chaotic, tense, and above all, super fun.”
From the creators of the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA franchise, and powered by the revolutionary FIFA gameplay engine, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of authentic street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles. Utilize the groundbreaking new Street Ball Control to experience the highest fidelity of touch on the ball and responsiveness ever developed by the FIFA franchise. Compete everywhere from parking lots to prestigious 5v5 futsal-style tournaments on the streets of the world’s most renowned cities. Enjoy unique and entertaining game modes like Panna Rules and the new Last Man Standing, which were created exclusively by the FIFA Street team. Play with and against the stars of the most popular clubs in the world—or real-life street players—and compete at more than 35 locations in the world.
World Tour story mode, where gamers create a team of friends and compete in a connected world against other FIFA Street gamers’ teams, is described by Official Xbox Magazine as “setting the standard for all other sports games.” In the mode, players will be able to follow each other’s journey as they build their squads, unlock new tricks, and progress through the story of their pursuit of street football glory. Players will be able to share and compare progress with friends directly in the Street Network and it will also broadcast in-game videos like “Goals of the Week”, and alert friends to each other’s accomplishments throughout the game.
FIFA Street delivers a unique, fun experience where everything from the environments to the gear to the music is true to street football and its culture. Hand-selected to bring the beautiful game back to the streets, the FIFA Street in-game soundtrack features 24 songs gathered from around the globe, including artists like Foreign Beggars What’s Good Feat; Lazer Sword; Spank Rock Feat; Santigold Car Song; Kano All + All Together Feat; Hot Chip; The Big Pink Hit The Ground (Superman); Wretch 32 Unorthodox Feat; Example; Drop The Lime Let’s Go; and a brand new Moguai Remix to reinvent the classic Fat Boy Slim track “Ya Mama”.
Praised by critics like IGN.com as “spectacular to watch and play,” FIFA Street is the most authentic street football game ever made. From the creators of the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA franchise, and powered by the revolutionary FIFA gameplay engine, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of authentic street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles. Utilize the groundbreaking new Street Ball Control to experience the highest fidelity of touch on the ball and responsiveness ever developed by the FIFA franchise. Compete everywhere from parking lots to prestigious 5v5 futsal-style tournaments on the streets of the world’s most renowned cities. Play with and against the stars of the most popular clubs in the world—or real-life street players—and compete at more than 35 locations in the world.
Now EA SPORTS™ have announced a new feature in FIFA Street called the Street Network* that will encourage social competition among players when the game launches at retail stores (in South Africa on March 16, 2012) for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system. Through the Street Network, players will be able to capture video of their best tricks and share them in-game with friends, showing off their personal favorites and embarrassing their opponents. In addition, friends will be able to track and compare each other’s progress throughout the game, including World Tour story mode and Head-to-Head Online Seasons, and follow each other’s status in EA SPORTS Football Club.
“Street football is all about the one-on-one battle, when you pull off a trick to roast your opponent,” said producer Sid Misra. “The Street Network brings that real-world swagger into the game by enabling players to capture video of those moments and share them with everyone in their street network to see, and providing friends with a way to compare each other throughout the game.”
The Street Network will enrich the World Tour story mode, where gamers create a team of friends and compete in a connected world against other FIFA Street gamers’ teams. Players will be able to follow each other’s status as they build their squads, unlock new tricks, and progress through the story of their journey to street football glory. Players will be able to share and compare progress with friends directly in the Street Network and it will also broadcast in-game videos like “Goals of the Week”, and alert friends to each other’s accomplishments throughout the game.
Featuring Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi on the cover, fans who pre-order FIFA Street from leading retailers around the world will receive exclusive in-game access to an adidas™ all-star team featuring Messi and 12 of the greatest footballers in the world. The pre-order offer also includes exclusive access to the Lionel Messi Barcelona venue, an environment inspired by street footballers playing in and around the Plaça de Catalunya in the historic center of Barcelona, that Messi helped design. Fans with EA SPORTS Season Ticket will get full-game digital access to FIFA Street three days in advance of launch.
For the latest news on FIFA Street join almost seven million fans in the EA SPORTS FIFA community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/easportsfifa. For more information you can also visit: http://www.ea.com/uk/football/fifa-street.
We aren’t that far from the launch of the new EA Sports Fifa 12. We are huge fans of the Fifa franchise here at TRW and cannot wait for our copy of Fifa 12 to arrive. Here in South Africa we were originally going to get the UK version cover featuring Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshire but have instead opted to go with Rooney and Kaka.
Fifa 12’s PC version promises to be better than ever as for the first time ever it features the award-winning gameplay and modes identical to PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®, powered by the all-new Player Impact Engine.
FIFA 12 brings to the pitch the game-changing new Player Impact Engine, a physics engine built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch. Revolutionary gameplay innovations inspired by the real-world of football make FIFA 12 deeper and more engaging. All-new Precision Dribbling delivers a higher fidelity of touch on the ball for attacking players, while Tactical Defending fundamentally changes the approach to defending by placing equal importance on positioning, intercepting passes and tackling. Plus, CPU players have been infused with Pro Player Intelligence, the next generation of player intelligence and performance.
We are eager to get playing the new Fifa 12 but more importantly, we are eager to see if there are any boot surprises in the new game. Puma gave us a sneak peak at an unrealised colourway in Fifa 11 and we wonder if there will be any surprises this time around.
We recently received a copy of EA Sports newest football game Fifa 11. We are big fans of the Fifa franchise and were really excited to try out the latest incarnation. Game play and general enjoyment aside however, we were looking forward to doing some boot spotting, to see if any of the brands left us some little surprises. The good news is, they did!
When EA Sports released a few screenshots and then the Fifa 11 demo a few weeks ago, we were alerted to the new colourways Nike have subsequently released. All of the newly released Nike colourways featured in the game are available, except for the Black/Yellow/White K-Leather version of the T90 Laser III.
The Sapphire Blue/White/Black CTR360 boots were on all the usual suspects, including Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder reverted back to the original Red/Black/White version after the World Cup. He is currently out with injury and it will be interesting to see whether he sticks with the original colourway or changes over like his Fifa 11 incarnation.
Hugo Rodallega is always an intriguing player to watch as the Wigan Athletic striker seems to chop and change almost weekly. Fifa 11 decided to give him a pair of Cactus/White Superfly II boots. This colourway isn’t officially available on the game but has been assigned to Rodallega as a ‘default’ boot.
There were the usual and expected spots such as Messi in his own Gold/White/Black AdiZero colourway and David Beckham in his Red/White Predator X DB boots.
The current hot topic is Nani and the White/Black/Pink AdiZero boots he has been wearing. He was obviously still in Nikes when the game was developed and so he was sporting the new Cherry/Silver Superfly II boots. Nike have only made the Superlfy II available in the game and so Nani isn’t even in Vapors – which he wore before switching to the AdiZeros.
Darren Bent has been a consistent performer for Sunderland and we got very excited when Umbro released the new GT boots with the England star. Unfortunately, he seems to prefer the Speciali as he only wore the GTs for a single game.. EA Sports have put him in a pair of GTs however, and we think he should wear them in real life too.
Another player who was stuck with a pair of boots he doesn’t wear is Ryan Giggs (and Tierry Henry for that matter). Reebok only made the Instante Pro II available for the game so both players have to accept this Blue/Silver version.
Our biggest disappointment came in the boot choice of Samuel Eto’o. Puma left us a little surprise (which we will get to later) but also left us very disappointed. There are no Puma V1.10 SL boots in the game. We were looking forward to playing with Eto’o and seeing him slot home with the eye-catching V1.10 SL Lightning boots he currently sports. Eto’o has to settle with the White/Black/Royal Blue V1.10 instead.
We were glad to see a few of the lesser known (or worn) boots make an appearance. Fulham stopper, Mark Schwarzer gets to wear his Mitre Rafale boots. Also making an appearance are American based company, Under Armour. The new Create II Pro as well as the Dominate Pro boots are both available in a choice of colourways.
The second last interesting spot (before we get to the real humdinger) almost went by completely unnoticed. In the game, intro video and marketing material, Kaka is wearing a pair of the new Blue/White/Silver AdiPure III boots. In the game menu however, the Brazilian is wearing a pair of Blue/White/Silver AdiPure II boots. We can only assume that this was just the developers colouring-in an old picture as the AdiPure IIs were never released in that colourway.
And now for the boot spot that got us really excited! We first noticed these boots when playing with Tottenham Hotspur and spotted Peter Crouch, Vedran Corluka and Benoit Assou-Ekotto all wearing boots we didn’t recognize. They turned out to be these White/Orange/Black PowerCat 1.10 boots. We are big fans of the PowerCat at TRW and look forward to the release of this new colourway. We assume it can’t be too far away as Puma has allowed them to be in the game.
Stay tuned to The Right Winger for updates on this new colourway.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 11 is available in stores throughout South Africa beginning October 01. Localized into 18 languages and available in 51 countries, FIFA 11 is the most popular^ sports videogame in the world. It will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, Wii™, PC, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation2, PSP. FIFA 11 for DS will be available throughout South Africa on Oct. 8.
FIFA 11 reinvents player authenticity–on and off the ball–with all-new Personality+. Individual abilities are now reflected in-game, allowing clear differentiation for every player on the pitch. Plus, players will experience true freedom in man-to-man interactions with 360° Fight for Possession that transforms physical play from lateral jostling to full 360° collisions and new Pro Passing, where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch.
My Live Season premium service for FIFA 11 on PlayStation 3, which enables subscribers to feel the weekly pulse of football with dynamic updates of real-world information, will be available beginning Sept. 29. The My Live Season premium service will feature weekly updates of player form, transfers, injuries, suspensions, fixtures, results and league standings for Barclay’s Premier League, La Liga BBVA, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and Serie A. My Live Season is valued at €4.99 for the ongoing season on PlayStation Network for each individual league. A package of all leagues is available for €9.99 for the ongoing season on PlayStation Network.
FIFA 11 will feature Online Pass*, a one-time use registration code with each PlayStation 3 copy sold new at retail which allows access to online services and features.
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