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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