FIFA 22 is coming this year, but you probably didn't need us to tell you. An annual FIFA release is as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best-selling games every year.
The number one football festival remains a hugely lucrative business for EA, especially with its focus on the Ultimate Team game modes and FIFA 22 will be no different. But the biggest hurdle that annual sports games have to overcome is: what makes this version worth compared to the last?
Well, EA Sports is banking on its new HyperMotion technology, which is essentially a brand new motion capture and animation suite that EA says will have a transformative impact on the beautiful game.
Fortunately , the foundations of FIFA 22 are solid. FIFA 21 impressed us with its powerful attack gameplay, authentic visuals and player likenesses, plus a wealth of game modes to keep football fans of all stripes busy for hours.
It was far from a perfect experience, however. The FIFA franchise has flourishedwind turned out to be a matter of one step forward, two steps back. FIFA 21 was no different; while its positives shone, it still couldn't shake that 'annual update' feel (especially if you bought the shocking Legacy Edition for the Nintendo Switch ).
FIFA 22 must therefore step up a gear, and now that we're completely immersed in a new generation of consoles, EA has the opportunity to make the next FIFA game the best we've seen in years. Here's what we want to see in FIFA 22 along with a summary of all the recent news and rumors.
FIFA 22: Cut in pursuit
- What is it? A football simulation game with official FIFA support released annually
- When cans i play it? October 1, 2021
- What can I play? PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Stadia and PC.
FIFA 22 release date
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EA has announced that FIFA 22 will be released on October 1, 2021. The game will be released on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Stadia and PC.
The game is available for pre-order now, and those who opt for the FIFA 22 Ultimate edition will be able to play four days earlier starting September 27. You also get:
- Limited Time Offer - FUT Heroes Player Item
- Ones to Watch Player Item
- Double Right - Free Xbox Series X | S Upgrade / PS5 Upgrade
- 4600 FIFA Points
- Team player of the week 1 article
- Loan article from Kylian Mbappe
- Player pick on loan FUT Ambassador
- Local talent in career mode
FIFA 22 Standard Edition includes:
- Team of the Week 1 Player Item
- Kylian Mbappe Loan Item
- FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
- Career Mode Homegrown Talent
Those who subscribe to be to EA Play can access a 10 hour trial starting September 22, save 10% on your pre-order and claim these rewards from member:
- Ultimate Team Season XP Boosts
- VOLTA FOOTBALL Season Clothing
- FUT Stadium Monthly Custom Items
What is HyperMotion technology in FIFA 22?
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HyperMotion is a new gaming technology that promises to revolutionize FIFA 22. It uses a combination of cA breakdown of movement in real time, as 22 professional footballers stepped onto the pitch with Xsens combinations that enabled EA to record an "unprecedented volume of high quality real human movement data", which is fueling the way individual players and teams move around in FIFA 22.
FIFA 22 uses proprietary 'machine learning algorithm' which learns from over 8.7 million images of captured footage and creates new real-time animations to create "organic football realism," according to EA's website. This means that FIFA 22 will feature over 4000 new animations.
The catch is that this feature is only available on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Stadia, this which means latest-generation console users and PC gamers will miss out on the benefits HyperMotion technology promises to bring to gaming.
FIFA 22 News and Rumors
FIFA 22 at EA Play Spotlight
EA provided a better look at FIFA 22 at an EA Play Spotlight event. Three members of the development team shared their thoughts on the impact of HyperMotion technology on the game, as well as how FIFA 22 promises to be the most authentic representation of football. You can watch the full Spotlight above.
Alex Scott will be commentator
Former professional footballer Alex Scott, who played for Arsenal in the Women's Super League and with over 100 caps for England, will be the first female commentator in the FIFA series.
Scott to provide goal reports in the game, with Derek Rae and Stewart Robson being the main commentator .
The PC version lacks new featuresGeneration
EA has confirmed that the upcoming FIFA 22 on PC will not feature the gaming giant's new HyperMotion technology, which uses advanced motion capture and machine learning to overhaul the game's system. animation of the game.
The company has confirmed that HyperMotion technology will only be available on next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X / S) and Google Stadia.
FIFA 22 cover star revealed
EA has confirmed French football star Kylian Mbappe will return as FIFA 22 cover star after appearing on the covers of FIFA 21 l 'last year.
Mbappe was confirmed as the cover star of FIFA 22 by the official EA Sports FIFA Twitter account, which posted a cover photo of FIFA 22 Ultimate Editing. The cover features Mbappe in the center, back to the camera, designating his name on the back of his Paris Saint-Germain shirt.
Players feel more human
It seems that FIFA 22 relies more than ever on personalities on the pitch, as players will interact with each other based on of events occurring during a match. Players on the same team will be more welcoming and encouraging to each other, while opposing players might come across as more brash or argumentative.
Player expressions will also change depending on the current score of the match, so if you are down 4-0 expect the guys to look naturally bitter.
Huge gameplay improvements
Defense and AI goalkeeper should be greatly improved in FIFA 22. Defenders will now act more sensibly and try to maintain formation As they advance across the field.
Guardians are also increasingly varied. The wallsBricks like Manuel Neuer will be really tough to beat, and goalies as a whole will see a similar injection of personality to that of the rest of your squad.
Finally, players can also use an explosive new sprint option. . This means that particularly fast players will become even more of a threat on the pitch, exploding at speeds slower players simply cannot. That said, the skill will be hard to master and much harder to control than a regular sprint, but it could make all the difference when the chips are low.
Online career mode?
A huge upgrade to FIFA The basic corporate career mode could be on the maps, if the deion of EA's online software engineer job list is to be taken tocash.
In the job deion is the following line: "As an online software engineer, you will help build our network game development team, whether in our online career mode , our ultimate team or our core online systems and protocols. "
While it is not clear what this wording will ultimately lead to, It would be great to finally see a substantial overhaul of FIFA's career mode. It could come in the form of an online integration into the existing career mode format, or maybe even an entirely separate online mode. .
EA Play 2021
EA a confirmed that its annual summer games showcase, EA Play, will move forward in 2021. Rather than its usual June position alongside E3 , this time the show will take place in July, specifically July 22.
Now EA has not confirmed which games it will actually be talking about during the show (more details on EA Play are expected closer of the hour), but that does mean there's a good chance FIFA 22 will make an appearance at the show. It's usually a good time to release the game's first footage before its traditional launch period. in September / October.
EA is planning a "massive year of innovation " across its range of sports titles (of which the FIFA franchise is a part.)
During a conference call in May 2021 (via GamesRadar ), EA CEO Andrew Wilson has made big promises for the titles of EA Sports and simultaneously confirmed the arrival of FIFA 22 by stating, “All of our new EA Sports games are designed for next-generation console platforms including FIFA, Madden, NHL and EA Sports PGA Tour. We are very excited to bring baseball fans around the world the addition of Super Mega Baseball from Metalhead Software and MLB Tap Sports Baseball on mobile. EA Sports is also releasing the world's top rated sports franchise with F1 2021, our first title from our recent acquisition of Codemasters. "
It 's no surprise that EA wants to make another FIFA, given that Wilson noted that EA ' s 'FIFA experiences continue to involve over 100 million players around the world. Over 20 million players have played FIFA Ultimate Team in the past year.and FIFA Ultimate Team matches have increased by an incredible 180%. "
Regarding Ultimate Team specifically, EA COO Blake Jorgensen noted that gro with this mode has increased by 30% year over year and said" we have improved. more and more in this area during the life of the product, and we will continue to do so and we are optimistic for the coming year and many years to come. "
What we 'd like to see from FIFA 22
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For the past a few years, EA often took a “good enough” approach to FIFA. Our FIFA 21 review bears witness to this. It's not unusual for annual sports titles, of course. However, fans are surely looking for something a little more substantial for the new generation of consoles.
In FIFA 21, attacking and hitting felt fantastic, providing perhaps the tightest gameplay we've ever seen in this area. Unfortunately, the game's defensive options left a lot to be desired. The system is more than showing its age at this point, and maybe a complete defensive overhaul should be considered for FIFA 22.
As mentioned inOur review, dispossessing attackers was much more difficult than it should be, with groups of defenders struggling to manage a single attacker. Therefore, the improvements to attack largely eclipsed the outdated defense mechanics, which often led to unbalanced matches.
A brand new engine
FIFA 17 was the first game in the series to use EA's internal Frostbite engine. At this point, it gets a little bit long in the tooth, and player frustrations with the game and engine from all those years ago are still present today. However, a new generation of consoles could come with a new engine for EA 's sports endeavors.
According to Gfinity, EA chose to stick with it to the Frostbite engine for FIFA 21, as well as other recent games such as Need for Speed Heat, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This could signal that a new engine is waiting in behind the scenes or at the very least in the works for the next generation of consoles. We hope that a new engine will allow EA to improve FIFA to an unprecedented degree.
Ultimate Team Changes
As has been the case since the mode 's introduction, Ultimate Team was the main focus of FIFA 21. Controversy, a Heavy microtransaction feature draws players in with its attractive pack opening system. EA is no stranger to the loot box phenomenon, and it's clear that won't change in FIFA 22.
FIFA Ultimate Team has been heavily criticized by fans as being too focused onfrom EA, neglecting other modes that could be revitalized such as Career mode and Pro Clubs.
Another aspect of the controversy is the advantage given to players willing to open their wallets on new shiny player packs. One can be successful as a non-paying player if he is skilled enough in the game, but for the casual FIFA player there is a clear difference in quality between teams bought with real money and the ones that aren't.
FIFA 21 has made some positive progress when it comes to Ultimate Team. The co-op feature was added to Ultimate Team in this game. However, this was related to the single player experience, which provided another path of imbalance, as single player players could very easily be matched with more than one player. acting as opponent.
A fully dedicated co-op mode would work wonders here. FIFA 21 did not allow the use ofe cooperation in FUT Champions, which our review has declared to be a missed opportunity for the game. Hopefully FIFA 22 adds this much requested feature.