EA Sports Details New FIFA 12 Player Impact Engine

By Colin Tan on May 27, 2011, 9:37PM EDT
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EA is promising some "major innovations" with FIFA 12, assuring fans that it's easily "more engaging" thanks to the new Player Impact Engine. It's been in development for two years and will deliver "real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch."

"The transformation FIFA Soccer 12 has undergone is revolutionary not evolutionary," said Kaz Makita, Executive Producer for the FIFA franchise. "To create the best and most authentic FIFA game ever, we needed new technology to deliver on our vision. Fans will see, and more importantly feel, the significance of the Player Impact Engine immediately."

The new engine is said to process decisions in real time, creating just about any possible outcome from every collision in a natural and believable manner: "Players now feel more resilient, push and pull during the fight for possession, and recover form light challenges more easily."

FIFA 12 also promises other new features including the all-new Precision Dribbling which gives players a higher level of fidelity when it comes to ball control, Tactical Defending makes defending require just as much skill and strategy as attacking, and finally Pro Player Intelligence beefs up the AI for each and every player on the pitch.

"Players on the pitch have been infused with Pro Player Intelligence, a self-awareness and aptitude that enables them to make decisions based on their own skills as well as the strengths and attributes of their teammates," explained EA.

"Players who possess exceptional vision, for example, will see opportunities for through balls that other players won't. Real Madrid's Kaká will be more likely"”and quicker"”to pick out a run from a teammate farther away than a player with poorer vision. Additionally, teams will vary their attack based on the strengths of their players on the pitch, and the weaknesses of opposing players, creating a more authentic experience and greater variety of matches."

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