Rejigged physics and Bruce Lee boost EA’s sport launches (Wired UK)

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EA’s E3 spotlight on its various sports titles had a surprise
guest — Bruce Lee. The legendary martial artist is to be featured
as a fighter in the new UFC game, with his signature Jeet Kune Do
style faithfully recreated to battle within the mixed martial arts
promotion’s iconic Octagon ring.

Elsewhere, the focus was somewhat strangely on the tech behind
the lineup. Hockey game NHL 15 boasts rejigged physics,
supposedly resulting in precision right down to the movement of the
puck across ice according to the impact of the stick. Similarly, EA
PGA Tour (the publisher’s golf staple, now without Tiger
Woods branded into the case) has adopted the Frostbite 3 engine,
which allows for more detailed worlds and better physics. The
difference was shown with a ridiculously over-the-top trailer
showing a golfer exploding a course with his drive. Probably
against the rules, that. Players can see if exploding golf balls
make the cut when the game is released in spring 2015.

Madden NFL 15 launches on 26 August, with a new focus
on the defensive positions, intending to make playing them more fun
to play. The sport is always weighted towards the quarterback’s
importance, so a way to make other team members shine will likely
be welcomed by fans.

The other football game, FIFA 15, billed its source
material as greatest drama on Earth, no doubt tapping into the
World Cup fever (which has even lead to bars across Los Angeles
screening games — impressive in a country famed for not getting
‘soccer’). Like Madden, it also shifted focus to the players, now
with AI providing them memories and reacting to victory or defeat
on the pitch. EA pushed new character models for the game too,
emphasising the athleticism of the real world players.

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9 June 2014 | 9:00 pm – Source: wired.co.uk
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