Yesterday on Twitter an EA community manager was marveling that people were calling the FIFA 11 screenshots he uploaded to Facebook “fake” because, well, perhaps they just look that damned good.
To go with the screenshots, EA formally announced FIFA 11, the follow up to what Icrontic reviewer David Kenkel calls “An almost perfect football game.”
First, a bit from the press release:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today revealed that its top-selling* franchise from EA SPORTS™ will redefine player authenticity when FIFA Soccer 11 launches this Fall on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system. FIFA Soccer 11 reinvents player authenticity—on and off the ball—for every player and at every position on the pitch with Personality+, an all-new feature that sees individual abilities reflected in game, enabling clear differentiation for every player.
Personality+ is an attempt to bring more highly individualized characteristics to every single player on the field; no more mindless AI-controlled players all doing the same two or three pre-set animations and moves. EA has taken unprecedented steps to digitize every aspect of individual players, and claims to have a database containing 36 “attributes” and 57 “traits” for every player—information painstakingly gathered by a network of over 1700 scouts who have analyzed individuals from the sport.
If true (and well executed), this will provide what will probably be the most remarkable sport video game ever made, as every single player in-game will basically act like a real human being. In his review Kenkel stated, “After having played FIFA 10, I can’t see how much bigger, badder, meaner, and more enjoyable it can get.” It appears EA may have an answer for you, sir.
Another interesting new feature is called Pro Passing, where passing accuracy is determined by dexterity and skill on the game controller. They also announced new passes including the swerve pass.
FIFA 11 is slated for a fall release for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. PC, Wii, DS, PSP, and PS2 releases have also been announced, but not yet dated.