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Everything we know about FIFA 22 including changes to gameplay, Career Mode, FUT

Electronic Arts have finally given fans a glimpse of what they can expect from FIFA 22, following the release of a brand new reveal trailer.

The FIFA 22 reveal trailer was shown off for the first time on YouTube on Sunday, July 11, 2021. The trailer features a number of world-class footballers re-imagined in the virtual world including Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son, Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior and of course, the FIFA 22 cover star Kylian Mbappe.

But the trailer also showed off a number of brand new features that fans can look forward to in FIFA 22, including big changes to gameplay, with a brand new technology called ‘HyperMotion’ that will be included on the next-gen version of FIFA 22, for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and Stadia.

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Following the release of the trailer, Electronic Arts (EA) also updated its website to include further details about new features in FIFA 22, including changes to Career Mode, Pro Clubs, Volta Football and FIFA Ultimate Team.

Here’s everything we know so far about the new features and changes to expect in FIFA 22.

FIFA 22 Gameplay

EA have confirmed that FIFA 22 will feature next-gen HyperMotion technology that brings football’s most realistic and immersive gameplay experience to life, in every match and across every mode on next-gen consoles and Stadia.

FIFA 22 will feature next-gen HyperMotion technology that brings football’s most realistic and immersive gameplay experience to life

EA say that FIFA 22’s HyperMotion tech will deliver the most realistic, fluid and responsive football experience for next-gen consoles and Stadia.

“Powered by HyperMotion, FIFA 22 combines Advanced 11v11 Match Capture and proprietary machine learning technology to deliver the most realistic, fluid and responsive football experience for next-gen consoles and Stadia, unlocking the raw emotion, passion and physicality of the world’s game.

“HyperMotion technology enabled the integration of the first-ever motion capture of 22 professional footballers playing at high intensity.

FIFA 22 will feature HyperMotion Technology
“Powered by HyperMotion, FIFA 22 combines Advanced 11v11 Match Capture and proprietary machine learning technology to deliver the most realistic, fluid and responsive football experience for next-gen consoles and Stadia, unlocking the raw emotion, passion and physicality of the world’s game.”

“Additionally, EA’s proprietary machine-learning algorithm learns from more than 8.7 million frames of advanced match capture, then writes new animations in real-time to create organic football movement across a variety of interactions on the pitch.

“Whether it’s a shot, pass or cross, HyperMotion transforms how players move on and off the ball.

Advanced 11v11 Match Capture

Xsens suits enable motion capture from 22 professional footballers playing at high intensity for the first time. The resulting unprecedented volume of high-quality real-human movement data powers how both individuals and teams move across FIFA 22.

HyperMotion transforms how players move on and off the ball
HyperMotion transforms how players move on and off the ball

Machine Learning

A cutting-edge proprietary machine-learning algorithm learns from over 8.7 million frames of advanced match capture, then writes new animations in real-time to create organic football realism across a variety of interactions on the pitch.

Full Team Authentic Motion

Xsens suits record every touch, tackle, sprint and duel from all 22 players playing at high intensity for the first time ever, capturing data that powers over 4000 new animations in FIFA 22 to raise the footballing intensity, responsiveness, and physicality of every player in the game.

Xsens suits record every touch, tackle, sprint and duel from all 22 players playing at high intensity for the first time ever
Xsens suits record every touch, tackle, sprint and duel from all 22 players playing at high intensity for the first time ever

Tactical A.I.

Deeper player intelligence driven by the power of next-gen consoles gives each individual the ability to better understand both attacking and defensive formations and movement, creating a new level of tactical realism.

In Attack

The ability to make up to 6x more decisions per second gives attackers more awareness of their surroundings, allows them to make smarter runs in build-up play, and lets them react to loose balls quicker.

In Defence

Rewritten defensive AI gives teams the ability to act as a tactical unit, retaining their shape to move across the pitch and cover vacant space.

ML – Flow

Learning from more than 8.7 million frames from Advanced 11v11 Match Capture, the ML – Flow machine learning algorithm writes new animations in real-time, enabling players to better adjust their stride and running cadence on approach to the ball to control or strike it more smoothly.

Kinetic Air Battles

Enhanced two-player interaction technology syncs player animations, creating greater realism and responsiveness as they fight to be first to the ball. See defenders and attackers push, pull, and jostle as they rise to meet crosses, clearances, and long passes, increasing quality in headed situations and creating cleaner outcomes.

Composed Ball Control

Longer two-touch animations make controlling the ball more natural and fluid than ever before. Take down aerial balls with more technique, get more agility when trapping ground balls, and enjoy more strength in shielding situations to give you new ways to drive forward in FIFA 22.

Player Humanisation

Powered by Advanced 11v11 Match Capture, new off-ball player animations and ambient behaviour help bring on-pitch characters to life. See opponents talk, point, and direct each other based on the action, while updated locomotion matches players’ urgency on the pitch to make FIFA more realistic and immersive than ever.

New off-ball player animations and ambient behaviour help bring on-pitch characters to life. See opponents talk, point, and direct each other based on the action, while updated locomotion matches players’ urgency on the pitch to make FIFA more realistic and immersive than ever.
New off-ball player animations and ambient behaviour help bring on-pitch characters to life. See opponents talk, point, and direct each other based on the action, while updated locomotion matches players’ urgency on the pitch to make FIFA more realistic and immersive than ever.

“FIFA 22 offers millions of fans around the world a chance to engage with the sport they love in an unprecedented way,” said Nick Wlodyka, GM, EA SPORTS FIFA .

“Each player experiences FIFA in their own way but on-pitch gameplay is the unifying constant, so we’re excited to offer deep innovation there. HyperMotion elevates that even further on next-gen consoles and Stadia and completely changes the feel of the game”.

In addition to HyperMotion, EA have also confirmed these new features for FIFA 22 gameplay.

FIFA 22 will be released on October 1, 2021
FIFA 22 will be released on October 1, 2021

Goalkeeper Re-Write

A brand new goalkeeper system brings a new level of intelligence to the last line of defence, unlocking more reliable shot-stopping and smarter decision-making between the posts. Goalkeeper positioning personality replicates the different styles of keepers throughout the game.

True Ball Physics

Real-world data imported into FIFA 22 takes the game’s ball physics to a new level of realism. Tuned parameters including speed, swerve, air drag, air resistance, ground friction, and rolling friction mean every touch, trap, shot, volley, pass, and dribble will look, move, and fly like the real thing.

Explosive Sprint gives you more control over acceleration when dribbling or defending
Explosive Sprint gives you more control over acceleration when dribbling or defending

Explosive Sprint

A new gameplay mechanic that changes the dynamic of one-on-one situations, Explosive Sprint gives you more control over acceleration when dribbling or defending. Lure opponents in and choose when to unleash your full speed to get away from the defender as you drive your team forward in attack.

New Attacking Tactics

Set up your team with different styles in each half of the pitch with new attacking tactics that give you more control over how you play in FIFA 22: keep the ball in your half and explode into attack with fast build-up in the opponent’s, play direct from box to box, or line up in your own unique style.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

EA are also promising big changes to the most popular mode within the FIFA video game franchise, FIFA Ultimate Team. Here’s what we know so far.

EA are also promising big changes to the most popular mode within the FIFA video game franchise, FIFA Ultimate Team.
EA are also promising big changes to the most popular mode within the FIFA video game franchise, FIFA Ultimate Team.

“FUT 22 redesigns Division Rivals and FUT Champions to create a more accessible way to test your skills and progress against other players, gives you even more ways to make your club your own with new depths of customisation both on and off the pitch, and introduces FUT Heroes – the return of some of football’s most memorable players.”

EA have confirmed nine FUT Heroes that will be coming to FUT 22.

  • Mario Gomez
  • Tim Cahill
  • Diego Milito
  • Jorge Campos
  • Fernando Morientes
  • Sami Al-Jaber
  • Robbie Keane
  • Abedi Pele
  • Clint Dempsey

“Celebrate some of football’s most memorable players with FUT Heroes, new items that represent the unforgettable moments that turned them into fan favourites.

FUT Heroes have unique league-specific chemistry which is tied to their specific hero moment, providing a green Club link to any player within the same league as well as the usual nation link, giving you new ways to build your dream squad and recreate some of football’s most famous moments in FUT 22.”

Players who pre-order the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition by August 11 will get an untradeable FUT Heroes Player.

FIFA 22 Career Mode

Career Mode hasn’t really had any significant update for a number of years, but that could all be about to change for FIFA 22, with EA revealing that players will be able to create their own club.

Live out your football dreams in FIFA 22 Career Mode as you create a club and lead them from relegation candidates to global giants
Live out your football dreams in FIFA 22 Career Mode as you create a club and lead them from relegation candidates to global giants

“Live out your football dreams in FIFA 22 Career Mode as you create a club and lead them from relegation candidates to global giants, and enjoy an overhauled Player Career experience that gives you more ways to progress, achieve, and immerse yourself in your Pro’s journey through the game.”

FIFA 22 Pro Clubs

Pro Clubs is one of the most enjoyable and socially engaging modes within the FIFA video game franchise, but like Career Mode, the mode hasn’t been updated for a number of years, but EA are promising changes for FIFA 22.

Pro Clubs is one of the most enjoyable and socially engaging modes within the FIFA video game franchise, but like Career Mode, the mode hasn't been updated for a number of years, but EA are promising changes for FIFA 22
Pro Clubs is one of the most enjoyable and socially engaging modes within the FIFA video game franchise, but like Career Mode, the mode hasn’t been updated for a number of years, but EA are promising changes for FIFA 22

“With new customisation options to make your club stand out in the stands and on the pitch, a new player growth system that puts you in control of your Virtual Pro’s development and streamlined social play that makes it easier than ever to find your next game, it’s time to get the squad together for a new season of Pro Clubs.”

Powered by Football, EA SPORTS FIFA 22 brings the game even closer to the real thing with a new season of innovation across every mode and groundbreaking next-gen HyperMotion gameplay technology on PlayStation5 that elevates every moment of the match.




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