EA Sports has said it’s ready to take on Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer in the next-generation footie race, saying the company is ‘working diligently’ on bringing FIFA to new hardware.
The company’s comments come in response to hints dropped by Konami last month that it had already put plans in place for its next-gen Pro Evolution Soccer title. Furthermore, it revealed future games in the series would be powered by Hideo Kojima’s lauded Fox Engine.
Speaking to CVG as to what EA Sports has up its sleeves, the developer’s Andrew Wilson commented:
"We are working diligently. We learnt a lot through the last transition and we have not rested on our laurels once. I think right now we are the people's game. We have a responsibility and an obligation to them to continue to deliver great games and in the advent of a new console cycle I think we are very well prepared to deliver against that."
Wilson also gave us a hint as to what we can expect from the new FIFA, and it’s pretty clear that social integrations such as Facebook are going to play a massive role in the next-gen footie outing.
"When we think of the next generation platforms it's about how we engage you while you're in front of the television and while you're away from the television," he explained, adding, "what part your iPhone plays in the overall experience, what part your tablet plays, how you rally an entire community on Facebook to do things that help you when you get back to your console experience.
"How does that become your central hub for the management of a whole world filled with millions of players that are getting promoted and relegated in virtual football leagues, that are impacted by the real world of football that are following the heartbeat of the season? That's what the future looks like, and the good news is, that's what we're doing now."
Wilson boasted that EA has got a “walk up start” on development of the next-gen FIFA “because we’ve worked diligently to do it now.”
"As we get more processing power and integrated connection between these platforms, our job only gets easier.
"The things that are challenging to us as we work around systems to deliver things... All of a sudden the doors fly open and we can deliver gamers even more compelling and engaging experiences that expand across platforms, geographies, business models and ultimately throughout years where again, what FIFA is doing this year you never have to reset your level again."
"I fully expect Konami and everyone else to come into a next generation console cycle doing the best they possibly can. We wouldn't expect anything different, but we're going to be right there."