At the EA press conference we were given an update to Fifa 17. It was the London half of the conference that gave the news for Fifa 17. After a short montage of where the series started we got some live theater acting to promote the story mode called 'The Journey'. The focus seems to be on a character called Alex Hunter. The trailer for 'The Jounrey' shows the kind of story they are going for. This is something EA have never done in a Fifa game and could be pretty ambitions for a sports game.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9LHzVEPodg
They also announced that for the first time ever, Premier league managers will be in the game. They showed Mourinho, Wenger and Klopp. Mourinho himself even took to the stage just for a light chat apparently.
Aaron Mchardy then came on to give more info on the gameplay. There will be 4 big changes in this years Fifa. 1. Set Piece Rewrite, changes to penelties, free kicks, corners and throw-ins give more options in dead ball situation. 2. Physical Play Overhaul, changes the way players physically interact in every situation. 3. Active Intelligence System, off the ball players wil have more options. 4. New Attacking Techniques, gives new options in attack and new ways to finish in-front of goal.
A trailer showed off some of these changes to gameplay and how the game looks using the frostbite engine. Fifa 17 will be moving to the frostbite engine this year for the first time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fjoe5Njpc
With EA adding 'The Journey' to Fifa this year, they are adding a drastically different mode which could be interesting if done well. It seems to the main thing EA are focusing on as the big new thing in this years game.
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