During the publisher’s pre-Gamescom press briefing on Tuesday, EA Sports producer Dave Rutter unveiled the title’s new “Match Day” feature, which will link the in-game action even more closely to the real-life season, regardless of which league you want to follow.
Elements such as injuries, suspensions and team formations will all be taken from the actual sport on a daily basis and fed into your FIFA game, potentially affecting your approach to team selection and tactics. While this sort of functionality was previously restricted to the “Live Season” mode, it now seems to be an integral part of the FIFA experience. Rutter made sure to mention that “Match Day” will only be available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA 13.
On top of that exciting news, real-life soccer/football events and trivia will make their way into the commentary, so announcers Martin Tyler and Alan Smith will, as an example, mention how important a particular player has been during the season, with stats appearing on screen.
During the onstage demo, The Match Day mode was shown using a recreation of last season’s Manchester City vs Queen’s Park Rangers and Manchester United vs Sunderland matches, cutting between the two to show the commentary reacting to events in the other game.
EA Sports also announced updates to the popular Ultimate Team mode, with a tutorial element for newcomers, as well as Team of the Week feature and weekly challenges based on the real ongoing season. Meanwhile, it was also announced that big improvements to the “Head to Head Seasons” feature that debuted in FIFA 12 will now be called simply “Seasons” and welcome two-versus-two ranked co-op.
Seasons last 10 games, squads can be persistently saved, there’s a trophy cabinet to show your winnings in. There’s also online matchmaking to make sure you’re matched up with someone of your skill level.
Add this to an already intriguing feature-set, including much smarter attacking AI, more controlled dribbling and a bunch of fresh modes including Skill Games, FIFA 13 is looking to be the best FIFA game in quite some time.
FIFA 13 is out onSeptember 25th in North America and September 28th in Europe. You can pick up a demo on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 11th, though.