How the World Cup Influenced FIFA 15 on PS4

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How the World Cup Influenced FIFA 15 on PS4

“We picked the winner of the Brazil World Cup with our simulation.” It’s a lofty claim to make, but one that Nick Channon, Senior Producer on EA Sports FIFA 15, doesn’t make lightly.

“We do a simulation every year and we actually, before the tournament, picked Germany. I’m not sure too many people agreed with us. A lot of people were looking at Argentina or Brazil as the favorites.”

When talking to Nick backstage at Gamescom this year, talk inevitably kept returning to this summer’s footballing extravaganza over in Brazil and perhaps unsurprisingly, it becomes clear that the tournament had an impact on how the final game is turning out. One area in particular — goalkeepers — came in for special attention as the tournament wound to its conclusion.

“It felt for a lot of the World Cup that the standout position was the goalkeeper,” explains Nick.

“Tim Howard from the USA had the record for the most saves in a game. That was something we didn’t see coming — just how the World Cup became a story of the goalkeeper. In many World Cup tournaments before, you’ve seen the story of a specific striker or two that are going for the golden boot. This year it felt much more like the goalkeepers were stealing the show.”

Nick went on to explain how goalkeepers have arguably been neglected in many football games — and that that wouldn’t be the case in FIFA 15.

“We’ve been working on goalkeepers for two years — it’s a very complex position both in the real world and in FIFA 15. We wanted to provide something that felt very different.”

Key to overhauling the way goalkeepers react in-game was the raw horsepower on offer with PS4.

“Previously, if we wanted to add more animations around the goalkeeper then we needed more memory. What we’ve now got with PS4 is a system where the goalkeepers are evaluating significantly more often, so obviously they’re more intelligent.”

So how does that play out during a match?

“Previously a goalkeeper would make a decision and had to stick with it because we didn’t have the processing power to constantly analyse how things are changing. If a cross came in, the goalkeeper decides to catch it, he was going to try and catch, even if in that split second it was probably better to punch. At times this grated a little bit because it made you question why the goalkeeper would do certain things. Now the goalkeeper will make those decisions on the fly depending on the situation.

“We can now branch animations at any point. Previously if the ball was heading to the top left corner of the goal, but takes a deflection along the way, the keeper would dive for the top left corner. Now you’ll see the keeper try and get back the other way. These are only things that we can do with the power of the new generation of consoles.”

EA Sports FIFA 15 arrives on September 23rd for PS4.

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  • Looks great.
    Will we be getting the official license of UEFA Champion’s League this year?

  • No, it´s an exclusive license of Konami, as you can check in the PES 2015 cover

  • @1 No, Konami owns the rights to the UEFA Champions League and uses it quite well in Pro Evolution Soccer.

  • UEFA license would’ve definitely been announced by now.
    Still, 15 is looking insane, can’t wait.

  • It sure looks great, but there´s not enough new stuff that would make it reasonable for me to spend that much money every year. I´m happy with FIFA 14 and as long as that is the case i see no need in buying a new part.

  • Any chances you’ll stop making FIFA Legends exclusive to X-Box One? Let’s face it, PS4 is selling better, not just here, but in precious Europe where Microsoft was trying to gain ground with this exclusive. I’ve been buying FIFA for 17 years on a Sony system, I’d like to see the same content on the Playstation.

  • Damn it, really want that UEFA license already.

  • @4 I feel the same way about all sports games, however, I do see a reason to buy FIFA 15 even if you have 14. It basically boils down to FIFA 14 still being developed as a PS3 game, but with enhancements for PS4. FIFA 15 seems to me like it is a truly next-gen game.

    – The graphics are new-ish, with different player models and animation and lighting. There are even more scanned players, so you’ll see more recognizable faces. The pitch gets worn down as the match progresses. All of the Premiere League stadiums are present.

    – Like the article describes, the goalies got revamped. And the players have an emotion thing going on and react to calls made by the ref

    – The ball physics are improved (there are videos on this, it’s really cool). So there’s more realistic dribbling as well as players keeping the ball closer to them when they tackle or steal the ball, as opposed to how the ball goes 15 yards ahead of the defensive player when they steal it in 14.

  • – It’s pointless to buy Fifa Points instead of whoring coins. If EA allowed us to transfer 3-4 players every year to the next FUT and increased card weights, and also doubled Fifa Point amounts, Fifa Points would make much more sense to buy. I would be much more tempted to buy them. There’s no point in buying them right now since card weights are awful, coins are way more effective (since they get you a sure IF) and they are free, and reasonably easy to get in large quantities.

    – We could use Legends on PS

    – EA should make 15’s Ultimate Version preordering available through PSN’s digital store.

  • Please can someone answer me.. have been asking this question everywhere and am not answered..when will fifa 15 ps4 ultimate edition become available for preorder on the ps store?

  • Sooooooo basically it’ll be even harder to score goals :(

  • luce excelente esas mejoras, pero espero que al hacerlo mas realista no sea mas complicado y tedioso hacer un gol.

  • The Beautiful Game

  • @ 10 khal1dftw,

    I don’t know. But I’m sure you will see the banners all over PSN. I’ve never pre-ordered anything in the store, but maybe you can see when other games’ pre-orders went live and see if there is a pattern (maybe 2 or 3 weeks before the game launches).

  • me2cool: preordering physical is already available since 2 months ago. We want the digital preorder with the bonuses. What the **** EA… I don’t want to wear my PS4’s lens off with your game.

  • I NEED THIS GAME! Why is it the EU already has it for pre-order digitaly and we don’t!!!

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