As previously promised, EA has revealed the first details on FIFA 22 with the latest version of the football franchise getting an October 1 release date.
The star player this year will be the game’s ‘HyperMotion’ technology. Said to bring the most “realistic, fluid and responsive football experience” yet, the technology allowed the studio fully capture for the first time ever a complete 11v11 game of football “at high intensity” to get the most realistic looking animations for players yet. On top of this, EA’s bespoke machine learning technology analysed 8.7 million frames of capture, and then filled in the gaps to write new animations in real time.
While the HyperMotion technology will be restricted to the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and Stadia versions of the game, there’s still plenty of other things for football fans to get excited about regardless of format. Career Mode, Pro Clubs, Volta Football and of course FIFA Ultimate Team are all set to make their return. There’s a new goalkeeper system, a new Create a Club experience and FIFA Ultimate Team Heroes in terms of new features too.
With 700+ teams, 90 stadiums and 30 leagues, there’s plenty of players and teams present and correct in competitions like the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League and Bundesliga to name but a few.
However, it is worth noting that Dual Entitlement, allowing you to upgrade from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to the newer console version, won’t be free this year. According to a Dual Entitlement FAQ, only the Ultimate Edition will be entitled to the free upgrade, and if you buy the Standard Edition on the older consoles, you’ll have to buy the full game again on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 in order to take advantage of the HyperMotion and other next-gen features, it seems.
You can check out the debut trailer for the game below. FIFA 22 is scheduled to launch on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia and PC on October 1, 2021.