EA details ‘revolutionary’ changes for FIFA 13

Electronic Arts today unveiled five "game-changing" innovations coming to this year's highly anticipated FIFA 13.

“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.”

Leading these sophisticated artificial intelligence changes include an all-new Attacking Intelligence.  This enables players to "analyze space, work harder and smarter to break down defenses".  The ability to create, curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings, make runs that pull defenders out of position to open passing channels, and better position yourself for new opportunities will now all be possible in FIFA 13.

EA also claims to have the "most comprehensive and intuitive dribbling system ever created"in FIFA 13 thanks to a new Complete Dribbling feature that enables you to face your opponent and use precise dribble touches combined with true 360 degree mobility with the ball.  Players will change direction quicker, are more explosive accelerating with the ball, and are more effective shielding defenders for the longer stretch.

FIFA 13 1st Touch Control will transform the way you 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.

FIFA 13 will also introduce the second generation of the impressive Player Impact Engine.  It 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 utilizing the most skillful players on the pitch. Position up to three attacking players over the ball and utilize 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.

Other features include:

  • 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 this Fall for PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii, PC, Nintendo 3DS, iOS devices, and PSP, along with other mobile devices.