Interview with Joe Booth – FIFA 08 Next-Gen Producer

Joe Booth

Joe Botth is the lead producer of FIFA 08 Next-Gen (for Xbox360 and PS3) at EA Sports Canada. In this interview, Joe Booth announces the key features of FIFA 08 Next Gen. He also talks about the fans’ feedbacks and the new ideas at pre-production level.

Clinical Finishing
A true next-generation ball-striking engine calculates shot success by combining an almost infinite number of different contexts, including ball spin, pressure from defenders, player attributes, and even air pressure to recreate the drama and unpredictable nature of shooting.

Intelligent Soccer
Now featuring AI with a 35-point decision engine which enables players to process 1,000 potential options and reactions every second in real time — more than 60,000 options every minute — via a dynamic “Threat Map” system to capture the excitement and realism of soccer.

Be a Pro: Offline Training
Think and react like a real professional soccer player. Play the entire game as a fixed player while getting real time feedback and analysis on the fly. A unique camera angle keeps both player and action in focus, zooming in when you’re on attack.

Pro Skills
A new, organic building-block system enables you to combine tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the real-world superstars or define your own style of play. Animations can be interrupted at any time to transition into a new move, just like real life.

Manual Controls
Dictate the play with new manual controls for through-passing and crossing. Now use the right-stick to quickly switch defenders and choose exactly who you want defending, when you want him.

Online Leagues
Create and organise your own multiplayer Friends Leagues and tournaments with all the tools in-game. EA SPORTS Interactive Leagues: Represent your club online against your rivals throughout the season in the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League or Mexican 1st Division. Features weekly in-game pod casts by the development team. Video Upload: Capture your best goals and highlights in-game and bring them online for the world to see. Upload your highlights to the FIFA 08 website to create the ultimate highlight reel to prove the stories you are telling your friends are all true. Because without the footage, it’s fiction.

Real World Soccer News
Receive up-to-the-minute soccer news and podcasts from media outlets, including ESPN SoccerNet.

Complete Authenticity
Dramatically more authentic and exhilarating with 620 licensed teams, 30 official leagues, and more than 15,000 players.

Tournament Mode
Play 60 tournaments, including 35 officially licensed ones, or create one of your own.

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