August 23, 2006
EA UNVEILS THE FUTURE OF SOCCER WITH FIFA
SOCCER 07 ON XBOX 360
State-of-the-Art EA SPORTS Engine will Transform The Way Athletes and the Ball
Move, Play and Feel
The future of soccer was unveiled today at the
Leipzig Games Convention in Germany when Electronic Arts revealed the
dynamic new EA SPORTS™ engine that will appear in
FIFA Soccer 07 on the
Xbox 360™ system
and lead the franchise into the future.
Two years in development, the new engine is the
single largest investment EA has ever made in the soccer business. The engine is
poised to redefine the way sports videogames play and feel. A physics-based and
data-driven technology, the engine delivers individuality of player movement,
authentic athletic motion and an unprecedented level of responsiveness.
“Get ready for the first real next-gen soccer
experience. FIFA 07 on Xbox 360
will deliver athletes that move as fluidly, as realistically and as intuitively
as athletes in real life,” said
Andrew Wilson, Producer for FIFA 07
at EA. “This engine is the most sophisticated sports
technology we’ve ever produced – it gives us the ability to transform soccer as
it is played today but more importantly, it is a dynamic technology that
promises to deliver new innovations for years to come.”
The new engine creates a decision-making layer
in FIFA Soccer 07 that gives each
individual player a ’soccer brain’ – a level of intelligence never before seen
in a videogame. Player characteristics are now based on brand-new traits and
twice the number of attributes, so no two players move in exactly the same way.
Instead, they behave like the individual athletes we see gracing the pitch
FIFA Soccer 07
players to recognize their favorite athletes by the way they move. The human
biomechanics of each athlete are taken into account and replicated in the game
because the new engine is data-driven — the player motion is driven by
individual attributes, physical characteristics and for the first time, traits.
Soccer 07 engine unlocks ultra realistic player motion and delivers
complete responsiveness due to its ability to branch animations and the
real-time calculation of real human biomechanics. Essentially our software
engineers are writing human decision-making code,” said Hugues Ricour, Producer
for FIFA Soccer 07 on the Xbox
FIFA Soccer 07
also introduces new ball physics, a central component to the feel and finesse of
a soccer game. For the first time, the ball is alive with its own independent
physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay. Now any type of pass or shot
is possible and goals will feel natural and unique.
Bringing the soccer experience beyond the
videogame to truly deliver a complete media package for soccer fans is the
online component to FIFA 07 which
streams up-to-the-minute game results via real-time videos, podcasts and news
ticker. Nowhere else will soccer fans find such a comprehensive destination for
soccer stats, information and real-world news.
With this new engine and licenses for the top
leagues from around the world, FIFA Soccer
07 on the Xbox 360 will create the most refined soccer gameplay
experience to date.
“EA SPORTS is focused on gameplay
and online innovations. We believe fans will feel the difference in
FIFA 07 on Xbox 360 the first time
they pick up the controller,” said Clive Downie, VP, Marketing, EA Europe.
Developed at EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., the
team is composed of soccer fans hailing from around the world. Drawn from
France, England, Japan, Brazil, Russia Australia and beyond, the team may cross
10 different languages but they all speak “soccer”.
FIFA Soccer 07
on the Xbox 360™
video game system from Microsoft will ship to
stores this Fall in North America and Europe. The game is rated
is rated “E” (Everyone) by the
ESRB and 3+ by PEGI in Europe. Learn
more about the game at