Now that the World Cup is over and with not long to go until the start of numerous domestic football leagues, EA Sports has decided it is time attention was turned back towards upcoming title FIFA 15. Today they released the second gameplay trailer for their annual football title. This time around the video focuses specifically on a renewed focus of emotion and intensity split between two in-game areas: the on-pitch action and the crowd itself.
All 22 players on the pitch will be connected throughout the match via an emotional intelligence feature, EA Sports' most advertised addition in FIFA 15. That means each player will possess a different attitude and feeling towards another depending on in-game events. For instance, an opponent repeatedly fouling or tackling too hard may cause a reaction from the player on the receiving end. That leaves me to wonder about all kinds of scenarios involving tackling Real Madrid defender Pepe. This system isn’t just contained to opponents, however, as teammates persistently fluffing chances may draw the ire of their fellow players, just as those doing well will receive encouragement.
The attempt to ramp up the intensity of a FIFA match doesn’t just stop at the players on the pitch. The atmosphere of the crowd in the stands has also been boosted. Now each crowd within a different region, league or club, should be distinguishable from elsewhere. This is achieved through the chants, cheers and even specific activities unique to certain clubs. A perfect example is Poznan Celebration performed by fans of Manchester City and Lech Poznan, which may even be picked up on by the commentators during their narration of matches.
FIFA 15 will be releasing September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe and September 26 for the UK on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and even PS Vita. Unfortunately, not all versions will have access to the Ultimate Team Legends feature, as this is once again an Xbox exclusive. It’s a huge shame to see a company limiting the exposure of certain features on their game like this, but it’s not an unexpected move considering it's EA.