Wednesday 06 August 2014
The Premier League and EA SPORTS have extended their existing agreement until the end of the 2018/19 season and the deal now incorporates the sponsorship of the League’s Goal Decision System.
"The agreement brings our award-winning game to new levels of authenticity and realism"
As a longstanding partner of the Premier League, EA SPORTS has been connecting to real-world football through a number of partnership initiatives, including the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, an in-depth statistics matrix measuring a player’s all-round contribution, and the Fantasy Premier League game.
The new agreement will showcase the Barclays Premier League as the most authentic league in EA SPORTS FIFA 15, with an unprecedented level of detail in the players and all 20 stadiums, as well as the integration of broadcast-quality graphics, audio and commentary that ensures FIFA 15 fans will feel the emotion and intensity of the most popular football league in the world.
The deal gives EA SPORTS access to all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs to enable the FIFA 15 team to capture 3D head scans of more than 200 players, build realistic stadiums for all 20 League clubs, and capture the emotion of the crowd by recording live match atmosphere during the 2013/14 season.
"We’re extremely pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with the Premier League, the most played league in EA SPORTS FIFA," Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Arts, said. "It brings our award-winning game to new levels of authenticity and realism, and enables fans to immerse themselves in the drama and emotion of the league. And as a life-long Liverpool FC fan, I know exactly how that feels!"
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, was pleased to extend the existing agreements with the long-term licensee of the Premier League as well as add new elements to the partnership.
"They have worked with our clubs to enhance the Premier League element of FIFA 15 like never before and, combined with their sponsorship of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index and our Fantasy Premier League game, they continue to engage with football fans in a variety of innovative and exciting ways," Scudamore said
Among the features that the new agreement enables in FIFA 15 are broadcast-quality overlay graphics that are synonymous with international TV broadcasts and will communicate to fans the important game information such as team sheets, formations, score and clock, next fixture, player stats, and more.
"EA SPORTS continue to engage with football fans in a variety of innovative and exciting ways"
The atmosphere and cheers of more than 20 Barclays Premier League matches have been recorded and implemented into FIFA 15 to bring realistic audio to goals, misses, whistles, and crowd-specific chants. The Barclays Premier League Anthem will also play at the start of each League match-up.
Every stadium in the Barclays Premier League is in the game and looks, feels, and sounds just as it does in real life, including authentic representation of animated LEDs and advertising boards.
Using the latest 3D scanning technology, the FIFA 15 development team visited every Barclays Premier League club during the 2013/14 season to scan players and capture their likeness. More than 200 new player heads will be scanned into FIFA 15, giving them the most realistic player model possible.
Making its debut in FIFA 15, Goal Decision System will leave no question as to whether or not the ball crossed the line. Replay animations will emulate TV broadcasts playing after close calls and goal-line clearances.