FIFA 12 (also titled FIFA Soccer 12 in the North American market) is the nineteenth installation in the popular online sports series by Electronic Arts. The game is being developed by EA Canada. FIFA 12 will feature a number of changes from previous games including a different look and feel to the front end menus.
While a number of new features will be included with FIFA 12, the most prominent three will be the Impact Engine, Tactical Defending and Precision Dribbling. The Impact Engine is designed to bring more realistic physics to the game which will impact momentum and collision results (also resulting in more realistic injuries). With these enhanced physics, the game will be more organic than past versions and will offer a more exciting and believable gameplay experience.
The Tactical Defending feature requires more manual action in all phases of defense including positioning, intercepting and tackling. Developers state that more emphasis will be placed on slowing down offensive team members and players will no longer be able to automatically send AIs after other players. This will increase the level of skill needed against other players.
Precision Dribbling will allow for dribbling in more circumstances including while shielding and moving. Tighter control is another feature of Precision Dribbling; players will be able to make smaller touches to more precisely control the ball.
Another feature which will add realism to the game is Pro Player Intelligence. This will enable analytical decision making in AI players; AI players will be able to look critically at their teammates’ skills and their own before making tactical decisions. While running in Career Mode, AI players will display added realism on the field related to off-field events such as transfers, wages, and the media. Online modes have been overhauled as well and now include Head-to-Head Seasons, flow modes for multiplayer matching, and improved social networking through EA Sports Football Club. Players will participate in clubs which distribute XP points across their memberships, adding an exciting cooperative element to the game.
FIFA 12 will be released in North America on September 27, 2011, and in Europe on the 29th and 30th of September, 2011. Platforms for FIFA 12 will include PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, PS2, PS Vita, Xperia Play, PS Portable, 3DS and iOS. The game will be available three days early to EA Sports Season Ticket holders. All gamers can pre order Fifa 12 now.