It’s been only two weeks since the launch of the add-on UEFA Euro 2012 for FIFA 12 and EA Sports already offers the first details and images of the future FIFA 13. In an event held in London, David Rutter, game’s producer, presented the five major improvements that FIFA 13 will bring compared to its predecessor:
First Touch Control affects the way footballers can retrieve passes coming from teammates. Factors like pass power and speed, the height at which the ball is sent, and footballer’s technical skills can determine if the retrieval is executed successfully.
Player Impact Engine is in its turn improved in FIFA 13. All the unrealistic animations that used to occur in collisions between players have been eliminated and added instead several new areas of the body that can be affected by the game’s physics engine (such as hips or chest).
In FIFA 12, the player could dribble only by simply changing the direction of the footballer controlled. Thanks to the new Complete Dribble, this will no longer be possible in FIFA 13.
Using the new system called Tactical Free-Kicks, the way free kicks will be executed has been changed. Up to three players will be able to gather around the ball to disorient or to irritate the goalkeeper. It will be possible to simulate a shot to goal and, in the last moment, to change direction to a teammate who will detach from wall.
Attacking Al will change the behavior of the attacking footballers controlled by computer. They will be able to calculate the most efficient routes, anticipate the in-depth passes of their teammates and try as much as possible to avoid offside.
Rutter also mentioned a few additions he would like to implement in FIFA 13: new types of passes, new animations for goalkeepers, improved behavior for referees and changing public animations in order to display as much as possible the atmosphere seen at a football match.
Finally yet importantly, thanks to Dimensional Imaging, FIFA 13 graphics will be superior to previous games in the series.
Until further details about FIFA 13, please enjoy the first screenshots released by EA Sports.