FIFA 14 on PS4 aims to create “the most comprehensive database of everything football”
FIFA 14 executive producer David Rutter wants the megaton footy series to reach a point where every single player has their own unique personality and AI on PS4. A lofty ambition, no doubt. But surely worth it if we end up with a hyper realistic David Goodwillie (insert schoolgirl titters) who shanks shots unlike anyone else in the game.
FIFA on PS4 aims to eventually create unqiue AI for ever player
Rutter is overseeing both the PS3 and PS4 versions of FIFA, with the latter boasting ten times the animation of the current-gen game thanks to the power of EA’s next-gen Ignite engine. This power could also potentially be used going forward to create a vast database that would allow for truly individual player AI on a grand scale.
“You know we go around catching the cream of the talent with our head capturing rigs,” says Rutter during an exclusive chat. “And it’s the same thing with the AI stats; we’re slowly but surely going about capturing absolutely everything. We want to create the most comprehensive database of everything football.”
That future of having thousands of truly individual players is a good way off, though. But at least FIFA 14 will have individualised AI for all 11 different positions on the field. ” The players on the pitch now operate as individuals that recognise what their team mates are all about, which is, I guess it’s a big freeing moment for us,” Rutter admits.
“That basically means you know if your left back is looking at going on with the ball as it becomes closer to him and he starts to react, the rest of the team is still following, if you like ‘basic orders.Now we can actually have the centre back worry about what’s going on with the left winger and the left back or the left central midfielder also being involved much more in the play, just reading what is going on.”
“We are starting to get more deeply
into creating those customised
players and personalities on the pitch”
Big name stars in FIFA 14 will also be more unique this season. “If you’re talking about the individuality of, say the difference between a Messi and a Ronaldo, then definitely we are starting to get much more deeply into creating those customised players and personalities on the pitch.”
Rutter once again affirms it will take a long time to expand this feature to accompany every player from League Two jobbing part-time plumber all the way to preening Portuguese mega star. “With the breadth and the depth of FIFA it is going to take us a very long time to have a catalog of every player. But totally we are all about trying to create those individual moments in our game.”