A poster over at NeoGAF has gone live with some FIFA 13 information acquired at a recent EA Showcase in London, despite the embargo being set for the 15th of this month. Here are some of the major improvements set for FIFA 13:
First Touch Control
One of the first things to do at FIFA 13 was to implement a more realistic ball control. Now it will be more difficult to control a receiving ball with your player. It all depends on the strength, the speed, the ball height and the technical skills of your player to achieve the control of the ball and run with it.
Another feature that got improved is the player impact engine. There will be no more unrealistic animations in the players challenges! The engine has been optimized and new a set of impact values ??has been added at the hip and the upper body area.
In FIFA 12 you could dribble just by changing direction, in FIFA 13 this won’t be possible anymore
The free-kicks got a new free kick system. Up to three players can now gather around the ball and make fun of the opponent’s defense and goalie. You can now feint a direct shot and adjust it to a player who comes off the wall. Also the defense set pieces have been improved to go with the new free kick system. For example, you can make a defensive team with more players into the wall and send out a player to block the ball.
The offensive Artificial Intelligence got a huge improvement. The CPU-controlled players got better running routes and better guessing options of where you pass the ball. Also the strikers are smarter and move with the offside line of your defenders, waiting to receive the ball and run with it towards your goal post.
Gamestop have also jumped the gun, putting up a FIFA 13 listing with a release date of 29 September 2012. Almost certanly wrong (probably placeholder) seeing as the 29th is a Saturday this year. Try again Gamestop.