FIFA 14 is officially a thing, which comes as a surprise to just about no one. Certainly none of you readers, given yesterday's FIFA 14 teaser. So what's the word today? What did EA's big reveal turn out to be? Game details and a good helping of debut screenshots.
The highlight of the announcement are probably the new gameplay features:
- Pure Shot - Players can now adjust their stride and approach angle for the best finishing position for hitting the back of teh net. New shot types include pure strikes, and off-balance and rushed shots.
- Protect the Ball - Lets players fend off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling, or force opponents out of the way before receiving the pass, and turn defenders for more opportunities.
- Teammate Intelligence - Sounds more or less what the name implies. Intelligence has been improved on both sides of teh ball, with better decision-making logic, smarter marking, improved run tracking. Defense and offense players will feel a greater sense of freedom.
- Sprint Dribble Turns - Turn in any direction at spring speed without losing momentum, for overall greater control.
- Variable Dribble Touches - More variety on touches when sprinting. More skilled players have better touch and control while sprinting with the ball.
In addition to the new features, FIFA 14 has an entirely new ball physics system, dubbed "Real Ball Physics," that aims for more realism on the field.
In Career Mode, you can play around with the new Global Scouting Network that emulates professional scouting. Players can "develop and refine" a scounting network and seek out new talent throughout the year. Scouts may evaluate players to uncover special attributes and traits, and a new hub should make for easier navigation without so many interruptions and live reports.
Yes, online features are a thing, through the EA Sports Football Club, a FIFA social network of sorts. EA is boasting some new features and benefits for the Club, along with unspecified changes, a new online Mode to "encourage social competition", and over 500 officially licensed clubs.
Says FIFA 14 creative producer David Rutter:
“FIFA 14 will play the way great matches are contested with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created, and incredible finishing. Opportunities in FIFA 14 will be rewarding and great goals will look stunning.”
If you're wondering about platform, we're assuming that FIFA 14 will (like its predecessors) wind up on every platform imaginable. EA hasn't confirmed a next-gen release or anything, but the game's Fall 2013 release window suggests the game will be on current-gen machines.