It would appear that EA intend to make good on there promise of providing a more immersive football game by making players seem that little bit more realistic by mapping player emotions (how they actively emote on the pitch) to an artificial intelligence.
Speaking to mmgn.com about their upcoming footy title, Nick Cannon, the games producer has said, “Yeah, it’s AI driven now. It wasn’t previously. It was more flavoured to tracking the emotions of the players and their reactions. So if someone makes a mistake, or a great play, you’ll see the reactions from players, really trying to put players into that moment.”
Nick even acknowledges that the jump to 8th gen hardware that players are expecting a higher level of player representation, in part due to the poor feedback received from the NBA Live graphical issue, “I think with the transition to the new consoles, animations now are even more important in ensuring a game feels, well, as realistic as possible. NBA Live struggled with responsiveness and execution because the animations were so bad.”
The last NBA Live title had some seriously janky animations that made some players struggle with playing the game, citing it as unresponsive. Understandably, the concern that this might reoccur carries over to Fifa 15, but Nick says, “A lot of the animations have been changed and some new ones added. Those are the fundamentals set in last year’s game that we focused on this year, which is something we work on year-to-year.”