FIFA 15 Features Replays That Emulate Real-World Goal-Line Tech

The next entry in the FIFA series will include new replays that emulate the goal-line technology recently implemented in the World Cup.

Occasionally, a goalie will slap a soccer ball away from the goal line at the last possible moment. In these instances, it's often hard to tell if the ball crossed the line or not. Soccer teams across the world have begun implementing "goal-line technology" to eliminate this uncertainty and make far more precise replays.

Now, Electronic Arts is bringing this same presentation to its newest soccer game, FIFA 15. Developer EA Sports is trying to make even virtual goals impossible to doubt, so it has made a replay system for FIFA 15 that looks identical to real-world goal-line tech. "Goal Decision System will leave no question as to whether or not the ball crossed the line," a press release states. "Replay animations will emulate TV broadcasts playing after close calls and goal line clearances."

This comes as a part of a larger deal with the Barclays Premier League, the most competitive soccer league in Great Britain. EA and the Premier League are attempting to create the most realistic representation of the league's teams and stadiums as possible. This includes three-dimensional head scans of 200 Premier League players, broadcast graphics identical to television broadcasts, audio of fans and crowds taken from real-life games, and every Premier League stadium modeled for the game.

EA Sports has made it clear that it is striving for realism with FIFA 15. In recent weeks, it has revealed that shirt-pulling and player-specific movements are coming to the game, in addition to visible breathing and hair movement. But if you want to play as Brazilian clubs, you're out of luck: EA Sports could not secure enough player licenses to include some teams.

FIFA 15 launches September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe, and September 26 in the UK. What do you think about all these improvements? Let us know in the comments.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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darthvandersag
darthvandersag

I'm done giving money to FIFA and EA in general. I was extremely disappointed with FIFA 14. Definitely not a buy this year.

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

The game knows if the ball has crossed the line! The goal line tech is used to emulate what happens  on TV coverage when the ball is close to crossing the line. You guys complaining obviously don't know much about the sport.

Saladudo
Saladudo

Though I found it dumb too, this could come in handy. I have one friend that complains at every F***ING edge ball situation, either on the goal line, the sides or the off-sides and forces me to explain over and over again the PC referee makes no subjective apreciations, ever.

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

LOL about as dumb as it gets. There is no need for goal line tect in a video game LOL


How about they do good gameplay instead.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Goal line tech? In a video game? Where everything is electric? Helloooo...?

foodrules
foodrules

So realistic.....meanwhile Wayne Rooney and any old average player will still be able to throw out elastico's, rainbow flicks etc like it's Fifa Street.

schizoidman007
schizoidman007

Blimey, They are trying to depict real life football not complicate things by proving or disproving whether a ball has or hasn't crossed the line.  If it ads to the realism then I'm all for it.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

I hope they re define camera angles. i like ent to end camera but its not perfect, every camera should have more custom set options.

Deaho
Deaho

The topic says "REPLAYS That Emulate Real-World Goal-Line Tech" not that EA going to use goal line technology to help them know if the ball cross the line or not.I don't know why a lot of people are so upset about that and start to attack EA anyway.

elheber
elheber

Next on EA's Research & Development: a technology using a virtual finish line camera in Need For Speed that will allow the game to finally get an accurate read on who crossed the line first. Genius!

bksonic123
bksonic123

As others have said, it's very easy to determine whether the ball crosses the line or not. However, I imagine they are referring to how the game will show replays if the ball is really close to the line, or if there is a goal line clearance. Obviously the game will already know whether it's a goal or not, but by showing a replay when it appears to be a close call from the player's perspective, it adds a sense of realism to the game. It all feels like a waste, really. If it's a goal, it's a goal; I'm sure many players don't care to see a replay if the goal isn't given.

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

They can now detect when a ball crosses a line? Holy crap this makes fish A.I look really stupid! Right guys?... Guys?...

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

Serioulsy EA, no modern football sim that I know ever had the problem of "illegal" goals. Why present a solution to a problem that never existed? As sdemondogx mentioned, a line of code is all it takes.

demondogx
demondogx

What a load of bullox, a simple line of code tells if the ball crossed the line or not
And if they really wanted to add as mutch realism as possible they would actually program it that some goals that really where a goal dont get seen by the ref, and some that actually were not a goal do get seen as a goal by the ref

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

"Jabber, Jabber, Jabber... you'll buy our sh*t like you always do... Jabber, Jabber"

xcollector
xcollector

So humans create goal line tech to assist with human judgment errors from human refs.

EA copies idea to assist with human error in judgment by computer refs that never error like humans.

So now one subroutine is going to ask the other for confirmation before making it official?

This is hard to fathom. They're saying that by default computers don't compute, but EA figured out how to make it happen exclusively in their product? 

EA can't go very long without saying something stupid can they?

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Surely goal line technology has always existed in Fifa, considering its...you know, a fucking game. I'm thoroughly confused

FastRobby
FastRobby

Great song choice, favorite song of the new cd

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Wait isn't this a video game, why would you need goal line technology in a game? lol

Am I missing something here? I don't play these games but shouldn't a computer generated ball over a computer generated goal line, pretty much remove any need for this?

Are EA seriously trying to flog this?


Jallakebab
Jallakebab

I want to know what they've done with the career mode, not this shit.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Err.... So are you telling me I shouldn't have trusted any previous FIFA game when they give a goal that was close-to-call??? Because, up until this point, I thought that.... You know... It was programmed??? Please EA.... Please do something with the game that won't get filtered down to the "Gimmick" category 

chuckles471
chuckles471

What?  It is a video game. This has never been a issue, even Kick off had it.


Anything to market the game I suppose.

mattcake
mattcake

Now do the opposite and add the "they were level" human judgment to offsides and the game might actually flow a bit.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

You mean that same technology that determines you are a pixel offside?  Great work EA.  We are so impressed with your basic programming skills.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Umm... thought the scoring are determined by the game engine's trigger box and not the on field computer AI referee...

zinten
zinten

This goal line technology is used to correct errors in human judgement, what previous football video game actually implemented human judgement to decide if a goal was allowed or not ? I m guessing none since they were all pixel precise anyway.

So advertising about goal line tech being in fifa just doesnt make much sense to me.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

If Space Invaders knew for a certainty when your ship got hit, why are goals in dispute in FIFA?

hystavito
hystavito

@bksonic123 Meh, immersion I guess? :)  Sports games often incorporate elements from the real world coverage and people often think it's cool.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@darkmask1991 GameSpot is the one at fault here. The original quote is simply stating that they are trying to make the game as real as possible and this includes mimicking the new REAL LIFE goal detection technology. Obviously the game knows if the ball crosses a specific coordinate. The point is that now players can see the whole replay/call thing adding to realism.

Gamespot, like usual, decided to be sensational and make everything sound a lot dumber than it should of.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@xcollector No. They are making it mimic the real games. It's purely for show and to increase the realism of the game. They are spending a lot of money to make Fifa 15 look and play like a real live game.

FastRobby
FastRobby

@punksterdaddy I don't get it either... Or they use some kind of randomness to include human mistakes. But I've never seen this happening, not even with off-side

chuckles471
chuckles471

@mattcake Nah, the through balls are broken as it is.  Attacking doesn't need anymore help.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@olddadgamer  One line of code could tell you whether it's a goal or not. I guess they have to start pulling selling points out of their a-holes now.