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EA Unveils the Future of Soccer on Xbox 360

The future of football was unveiled today at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany when Electronic Arts revealed the dynamic new engine that will debut in FIFA 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 football 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 football 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, Senior 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 football 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 07 that gives each individual player a ’football 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 week-in, week-out.

FIFA 07 allows 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.

“The FIFA 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 07 on the Xbox 360.

FIFA 07 also introduces new ball physics, a central component to the feel and finesse of a football 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 football experience beyond the videogame to truly deliver a complete media package for football fans is the online component to FIFA 07 which streams up-to-the-minute match results via real-time podcasts and news ticker. Nowhere else will football fans find such a comprehensive destination for football stats, information and real-world news.

With this new engine and licenses from the top leagues around the world, FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 will create the most refined football 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 football 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 “football”.

FIFA 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.

Source: EA

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DEIx15x83689d ago

It's kind of lame without a video or anything. Companies are great at saying things in a way that turn the stupidest thing into the greatest thing since sliced bread (sony). A video or demo will tell if it really is the future or just a nother lame gimick.

monoiceman3689d ago

wtf does that means then, that rtfw and world cup were just money making? they also said those were ''true next gen'' blablabla, this is just another way EA promises and promises like always, but in the end PES prevails...lets wait and see, but from what ive seen and compared, ill buy PES6...

SEER3689d ago

Guys, EA have unveiled the future for their sports titles to me. This is what a spokesperson said to me.
"We will continue making [email protected] games for the next decade. They will be bland, average to play, with a few graphical upgrades and gameplay innovations. You will notice that our efforts will be even more tedious when development starts for all the next-gen consoles. EA is in a fine position, and is the leader in quality....bla bla bla you know the rest. Oh, and all our future games will cost $200, because we said so and because we need profit."

mike_mgoblue3688d ago

12 MONTH OFFICIAL EXCLUSIVITY DEAL:

The OFFICIAL exclusivity deal says that the software will remain exclusive to the Xbox 360 for a period of 12 Months.

This website makes it clear: http://www.gamersreports.co...

The words "this year" do not just apply to the end of 2006. The contract SPECIFICALLY says that the soccer software will remain Exlusive to the Xbox 360 for Twelve Months.

The Twelve Month Exclusivity applies to both the EA Soccer game and the Konami Soccer game. The Xbox 360 was the official licensed sponsor of the Soccer World Cup. You can read about these things on this website: http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

Look at the times 11:26:06 and 12:29:21 at the bottom if you just want to read about the details of the Soccer games being exclusive for a 12-month period of time.

I am a HUGE fan of Soccer games, and I am REALLY looking forward to playing Soccer on the Xbox 360. The FIFA Soccer 2007 game uses a brand new graphics engine that took over two years to develop!!! This is the sort of game that will be ABSOLUTELY AMAZING in High-Definition video and 5.1 Digital sound that only the Xbox 360 offers to Soccer fans!!!

And with a new game development like this, you can bet that these soccer games will be FUN to play!!!

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