You won't be Kinect-ing with FIFA 14

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Despite the fact that every Xbox One will have a Kinect, FIFA 14 will not be making use of it for controlling the game.  In spite of the fact that the new Kinect is more accurate, the motion control was not “additive to the core game experience”.

During EA’s E3 press conference, we got some interesting updates about new features in the sports games.  Better footwork, more realistic game play, and words like pivot, dribbling and cap which help lull Geoff to sleep at that point in the evening.  That said, this new FIFA won’t be using the Kinect as people imagine it should be used – not for lack of trying.

In an interview with Eurogamer, EA Sports boss, Andrew Wilson, explained:

“We never say never, and the teams are prototyping a series of things that feel like they’re additive to the experience. We don’t want gimmicks. We don’t want to do it just because it’s available. We want to do things that truly add to the experience.”

Nice not to want to be gimmicky.  However, FIFA 13 comes with voice commands, letting you activate tactics and even call for a pass.  However, if you use inappropriate language, the commentators might mention it and the referee might also respond.  While in part that sounds cool, I’m not sure that it falls under the feature column rather than the gimmick column.

In any event, while FIFA 13 uses voice recognition technology, don’t expect FIFA 14 to let you start running around your living room, doing your own bicycle kicks.  Actually, maybe they really should – the Kinect is watching and can record for the internet’s viewing pleasure!

Last Updated: June 21, 2013

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