EA has announced that FIFA 17, the next instalment in its popular soccer franchise will be released on September 29 worldwide for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game will be powered by Frostbite, unlike previous FIFA entries which was powered by Ignite engine. A move that VP and executive producer Dave Rutter says “unlocks a whole new world of possibilities.” The studio used Frostbite on a sports title in last year’s PGA Tour release after employing it on Battlefield and other games. It will be very unlikely that the previous generation consoles will too be powered by Frostbite.
EA has been working for several years to shift all of its games to Frostbite. The introduction of Frostbite in FIFA 17 could take the series to the next level. Frostbite has been used in almost all of the EA games like Need For Speed, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront. The engine has provided enhanced responsiveness and interaction during large-scale online battles, across huge maps, where almost every object can be interacted with to some degree.
If you consider a football game is simply an 11-on-11 battle in a much smaller and contained area, one could expect even better results. Weather effects have been such a major focus of Frostbite’s power, so it will be awesome to see how rain, snow flurries and even wind are depicted in FIFA 17. As it stands, this year’s version will be an important one for the future of the franchise.
FIFA 17 will also benefit from the contributions of several real-life soccer/football players: Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus. They are said to have “influenced complete innovation in the action on the pitch,” but again, the specifics remain unclear.
The main reason of EA taking this big step is because of the heavy competition, it had been receiving from Pro Evolution Soccer. Pro Evolution Soccer uses Fox Engine’s full power and the recent entry has even introduced Dynamic Weather system. Metacritic ratings have been higher for the Pro Evolution Soccer series for the past couple of years. The joy of seeing the Frostbite Logo for the first time in the Reveal trailer gave me Goosebumps.
FIFA has changed drastically and you get to witness the change on September 29, 2016.
Watch Dogs 2
Ubisoft has revealed a teaser for Watch Dogs 2. The teaser didn’t show much as they have planned for the World Premier of Watch Dogs 2 on June 8, 2016 21:30 IST on their official YouTube page which can be viewed here:
We knew the game existed and was in development soon after Watch Dogs. This reveal trailer was just a confirmation of its existence. More details will be shown at E3 probably.
Ubisoft Montreal vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud admitted that Watch Dogs was a flawed game. They’re planning to make “radical” changes with the inevitable sequel. Hope they can improve upon maintaining the quality and hopefully no more downgrades.