Powered by Football™, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 22 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S moves the game forward with groundbreaking next-gen HyperMotion gameplay technology that elevates every moment on the pitch. HyperMotion integrates advanced full-team mocap data and machine learning to heighten gameplay in every match in FIFA 22, harnessing the power of next generation consoles to deliver the most realistic, responsive and fluid gameplay experience we’ve ever built. FIFA 22 brings a new season of innovation across every mode in the game; enjoy more consistency between the posts with a goalkeeper rewrite that brings more composure to the most important position on the pitch, live out your football dreams as you create and manage your custom club to glory in Career Mode, get rewarded for your flair with restyled gameplay in VOLTA FOOTBALL, welcome back football’s most memorable players as FIFA Ultimate Team™ Heroes, and feel the atmosphere of your next big game with the most immersive matchday experience ever seen in EA SPORTS FIFA.
HYPERMOTION GAMEPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Brand new for EA SPORTS FIFA and on next generation consoles, HyperMotion combines two technologies for the first time ever, revolutionising football gameplay:
Advanced 11v11 Match Capture: Xsens suits enable motion capture from 22 professional footballers playing at high-intensity for the first time. This unprecedented volume of high-quality real-human movement data powers how both individuals and teams move across FIFA 22.
Machine Learning: Our cutting-edge and 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.
The result is a more realistic, responsive and fluid gameplay experience in every match across every mode of FIFA 22 on next generation consoles:
Full Team Authentic Motion
A fundamental leap forward, Xsens Suits were used to record data from all 22 players playing at high intensity for the first time ever. Data captured from every touch, tackle, sprint, and duel results in the biggest animation refresh in FIFA history, with 4000+ new animations added - over three times more than in FIFA 21 - raising the footballing intensity, responsiveness, and physicality of every player in the game to unlock the most true-to-life movement in EA SPORTS FIFA history.
ML - Flow
Our machine learning algorithm reinvents how animations work in sports video games, delivering greater fluidity and visual realism than ever before. Learning from more than 8.7 million frames from Advanced 11v11 Match Capture, the ML - Flow 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.
Driven by the power of the new generation of consoles, Tactical A.I. creates deeper intelligence across all 22 players; giving each individual footballer the ability to better understand their teammates’ and opponents’ formations and movement to create a new level of tactical realism. In attack players can now make up to 6x more decisions per second, resulting in better awareness of their surroundings, smarter runs in build-up play, and more speed in reacting to loose balls. Rewritten defensive AI means teams now operate more as a unit, retaining their shape to move across the pitch and cover vacant space.
Kinetic Air Battles
Enhanced two player interaction technology syncs player animations, creating greater realism and responsiveness as they jump to battle for 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 as players fight to be first to the ball.
Composed Ball Control
Powered by the animation refresh, controlling the ball in FIFA 22 is more natural and fluid than ever before. Longer two-touch animations enable better control of aerial balls, more agility when trapping ground balls, and more strength in shielding situations to give you new ways to drive forward in attack.
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, along with updated intensity-based locomotion that matches players’ urgency to make FIFA more realistic and immersive than ever.
ADDITIONAL GAMEPLAY FEATURES
Goalkeeper Rewrite - 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. In FIFA 22, goalkeeper positioning personality replicates the different styles of keepers throughout the game - to represent the lightning-fast reflexes of world-class shot stoppers.
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 - 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 - New Attacking Tactics give you more control over how you want your team to play. Set up your team with different styles in each half of the pitch: 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.
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.
More information on new Career Mode features coming soon.
VOLTA FOOTBALL returns with more flair all over the pitch and new ways to express your style and connect with your squad in street football playgrounds all over the world.
More information on new VOLTA FOOTBALL features coming soon.
FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM
Build your dream squad and compete in the most popular mode in FIFA, with thousands of players to add to your club and countless ways to customise your Club on and off the pitch. Whether you want to play on your own in Squad Battles, together in FUT Co-Op, Online in Division Rivals, or against the best in FUT Champions, FIFA Ultimate Team™ (FUT) connects you to the world of football throughout the entire season with a range of content influenced by real-world performances and competitions including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and CONMEBOL Libertadores.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team redesigns how you compete in 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 best-loved players.
FUT Heroes - Celebrate some of football’s most memorable players with FUT Heroes, new items that represent the unforgettable moments that made them fan favourites. Whether it’s Robbie Keane lifting the League Cup in 2008, Diego Milito’s brace in the 2010 UEFA Champions League final to cement an Inter treble, or Mario Gomez’s goal to set up his team’s 2007 Bundesliga title victory, FUT Heroes offer new squad-building opportunities with league-specific chemistry and a chance to recreate the nostalgic moments that earned them a place in the squad of FUT 22 Heroes.
More information on new FIFA Ultimate Team features coming soon.
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.
More information on new Pro Clubs features coming soon.
Experience unrivaled authenticity in FIFA 22 with the most true-to-life experience of The World’s Game featuring football’s biggest stars and teams. With 17,000+ players across 700+ teams in more than 90 stadiums and over 30 leagues, FIFA 22 is the only place you can play the iconic UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, brand new UEFA Europa Conference League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamericana, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander.
What a year of football we have had! Fan-less stadiums, beloved players taken ill on the pitch and the emotional journey that was the Euros. FIFA 22 introduces HyperMotion, a gaming mechanic with a new ethos: to replicate the game we love in the most realistic way to date.
Football is coming home! OK, it didn’t come home in the way English fans thought it would, but it is coming home insomeway, and it does so on 1stof October: the day that marks the release ofFIFA 22. Exciting as the new release is, I am a little crestfallen that I have to say goodbye to my Ultimate Team. So long fellas, nice knowing you. Just one of those things, trying not to think about it. As the new season approaches, Ben White is now securing the back four at Arsenal, Varane and Sancho have joined Manchester United and Daka is set to overtake Jamie Vardy as the attacking flair of Leicester. Manchester City are about to spend £260 million on England duo Jack Grealish and Harry Kane; it will be averyinteresting season in the Premier League - FIFA 22 cannot come soon enough.
My Initial Thoughts
I will be honest with you, I was a little disappointed byFIFA 22’sreveal trailer; nothing lookedobviously different in the close-up video shots of our favourite attacking through on goal, and we should have been able to discern at leastsomething. FIFA 21, while a great game I gave days of my life to, had room for improvement. Fans want more than a mere squad update fromFIFA 22, a 15-second download could achieve that. Almost three weeks later, EA released an in-depth gameplay trailer detailing where the game would make alterations to its forerunners –thiswas more like it.
How is FIFA 22 any different?
FIFA 22has been described as EA’s ‘biggest animation refresh in the history of the franchise’, with most of those alterations resulting from the integration of machine learning into the physics of the games engine. To input data into a machine, EA needed appropriate subjects to monitor, subjects wearing Exo-suits with myriad kinetic sensors attached to them whilst playing a match, so the developers organised a full 11 versus 11 squad comprised of professional players to do so. In the same way one can discern what a jigsaw puzzle might display the more pieces they have arranged, the more data given to an algorithm the better effective that algorithm will be. The people down at EA decided to take this rule and riff on it, giving 8.7 million data frames and4000new animations to feed the ML-Flow AI Engine, software designed to generate the most realistic physics possible, maintaining true-to-life player interactions. I was concerned thatFIFA 22would resemble previous titles enough so to feel like a futile buy, yet to know that the revolutionary use of machine learning will have a similarly revolutionary effect on gameplay suggests thatFIFA 22is to be a turning point in the life-cycle of our favourite football gaming franchise, a maturation if you will.
'The people down at EA decided to take this rule and riff on it, giving 8.7 million data frames and 4000 new animations to feed the ML-Flow AI Engine, software designed to generate the most realistic physics possible.'
Can ML-Flow be applied to all players on the pitch?
Problem is, what would be the point of machine learning if it appliedonlyto players on the ball, how about the other 21 players? Could the ML-Flow engine be applied to players who we, at any given moment, don’t have control over? If we are jockeying Riyad Mahrez with Luke Shaw, how do we know what Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are doing in the middle? This was where I feltFIFA 21fell short, my defenders didn’t see or track the runs I saw from the view in the stands so when a pacey striker got on the end of the ball, they left John Stones, and myself, looking very stupid indeed.FIFA 22, however, integrates machine learning into the intelligence of players controlled by AI, meaning that players all over the pitch are quicker to perceive, better tailored to read the game and act accordingly. EA have gone as far as to suggest that players, notably attackers, are up tosix timesmore active in their off-the-ball movement compared to previous games. If true, how can we evencompare FIFA 22to prior titles?
How will the introduction of machine learning affect gameplay?
More, another advantageous outcome following the mapping of real player physics is a higher responsiveness in 50/50 battles, particularly airborne ones; fiercely competitive corners can end up going either way in a joust not solely governed by strength attributes, and this time around your defender won’t uncontrollably sky a header; corners will havecleaneroutcomes as more commonly seen in real matches. Yet another plus lies in the upgraded agility and control seen in attacking players, ‘taking it down like Foden’ as EA put it: a general improvement in the sway players have over the ball which, when partnered with the new Explosive Sprint system, can lead to a vastly diversified method of attack. I foundFIFA 21repetitive in this way, a broken record if you will, using the same short pass, through ball, 1-2 driven cross and finesse or special finish in order to go 1-0 up in the 3rdminute. It sounds as thoughFIFA 22will break the mould in this regard, which is not to say thatFIFA 22will cause a dearth of goals, only that the process of creating said goals will be assorted, a step closer to indefatigable.
'Yet another plus lies in the upgraded agility and control seen in attacking players, 'taking it down like Foden’ as EA put it: a general improvement in the sway players have over the ball.'
Football spins and goal-keeper's top bins, the nuances of gameplay:
RecentFIFAtitles have done a stellar job of reflecting the distinctive manner of motion some players possess, the running styles of Raheem Sterling and Erling Haaland being two salient examples. There is a particular position on the pitch that hasn’t had the same treatment though: the goalkeepers. Put Donnarumma, Lloris and Mendy next to one another and it is easy to see how differently they move, despite all three being world-class keepers.FIFA 22gives credence to this variation in style, injecting the game with an all-new goalkeeping physics layout. I am sincerely hoping that Pickford mouths ‘no problem’ every time he is faced with a penalty, that would be neat. That said, there is another side toFIFA 22set to make keeper’s jobs harder, perhaps the ulterior motive behind the re-vamped kinetics: convincing ball physics. A football spins, it glides through the air depending on how it rotates in revolution, how it was struck; all factors affect how a ball bounces, does it bounce and veer off unexpectedly to the side, or does it merely skim the surface as a stone does the sea?FIFA 22aims to accurately demonstrate the answer in its gameplay, delivering a ball that is responsively versatile.
A new commentator team:
To the delight of some of the more critical fans, the commentator team has had a re-shuffle, now comprised of Derek Rae, Stewart Robson, and the first female commentator in FIFA history, Ex-Arsenal and England Right-Back, Alex Scott. Going hand-in-hand with a novel range of theatrical stadium displays, known as Dynamic Gameday Atmosphere, the range in pundits gives an auditory and visual presence that accurately captures the buzzing milieu of a football stadium. Think pre-game light shows, dramatic goal celebrations and impassioned commentators,FIFA 22is a game that grabs the lightning of the stadium atmosphere and sticks it in a bottle, or a disc in this case.
'Going hand-in-hand with a novel range of theatrical stadium displays, known as Dynamic Gameday Atmosphere, the range in pundits gives an auditory and visual presence that accurately captures the buzzing milieu of a football stadium.'
Will Career Mode or Ultimate Team experience any changes?
We are yet to fully understand the alterations made to Player Career Modes, although they are rumoured to be extensive, but it has been confirmed that in Manager Career Mode we will be able to create a brand-new Club, a Stadium, of which fans will leave early if the team underperforms, and the clubs individual Kits.FIFA 22aims to, in the style of the time, allow users further abilities to personalise the subtleties of their careers, a feature I am tremendously excited for. OK, we know subconsciously if we are playing at Town Park or Anfield, but often we don’t pay attention to the stadium we are nestled in, yet we can appreciate our surroundings if we are responsible for designing them. Many other smaller changes to gaming modes, like Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Robbie Keane appearing as Heroes in Ultimate Team, are set to be announced in the near future, so keep an eye on our socials to remain in the know!
FIFA 22looks to be a turn in the road, a shift in the tracks if you will; a game that acknowledges the virtues of the games that came before it, but a game that looks to shake up the mix a bit.FIFAfans have long been stating that they desire differences year on year, which is not to say gaming modes can’t return as VOLTA football did, and EA look as though they are going to reply to fan’s wishes by giving them a good deal of what they want. Time will tell, but in the meantime you can pre-orderFIFA 22here.