Time to start your season.
With a yearly series like EA Sports FIFA 13, what everyone really wants to know is what’s going to be new this year? Well it seems like EA Sports are focusing on the organizational aspects, like game modes and presentation, where last year the actual football got most of the upgrades. I realize that sounds a little boring, but keep reading, because if you’re a frequent player you’re going to be interested in what’s going on here.
First off, the FIFA Ultimate Team career hub is getting a visual overhaul as well as an introduction for new players with tips on how to build the best squad you can. Don’t worry veterans, you’ll be rewarded with a few special perks if you’ve played FIFA 12 but EA wants new players to feel welcome when they start out in FUT.
The addition of Seasons to FUT will be the most noticeable difference; instead of just playing game after game in an attempt to up your rank, you’ll be placed in a division and ranked based on a timed season. There will be five divisions where you can rank up, or down, and prizes will be awarded at the end of each Season. Season’s will be available online or in single player, with a separate two player co-op season available for online play.
Football Clubs will also be following the Season format now and your Online Pro’s stats will now be saved on the server, not locally, so you won’t have to worry about hackers anymore. Clubs will have a few new online features like matchmaking options, AI teammate progression that’s in line with yours and the ability to play Drop-In matches.
FIFA 13’s main menu will look something like the image above and aims to put all of the most popular options at your fingertips, so you can hit the pitch as soon as you load up the game, or easily manage your squad.
Gameplay is getting a few updates this year, the most striking of which is the changes coming to the morale system. Neutral is now the default morale state for every player and you’ll have to raise it by winning and doing well. To balance this out, players now recover more quickly from low morale. EA didn’t get deep into specifics on the Fitness system, but changes have been made to make Fitness recovery items play a larger role in the game.
EA also confirmed the FIFA 13 release date would be September 25th in North America and September 28th in Europe, with a demo hitting Xbox Live, Origin and the Playstation Network on September 11th. See you on the pitch!