FIFA 15 Trailer Shows Off Next Gen Goalkeeper AI And Animations, Tim Howard Motion Capture Pictures Posted

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Aug 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT
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FIFA 15 news has come spilling out of Gamescom from EA, including a new trailer showing off the improved, next generation goalkeepers.

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You can watch the video below, which shows off the new saves, decision-making, and A.I. that goalkeepers will be bringing to FIFA 15. It seems to be an overall effort to make keepers react and move more organically, with slight deflections and body adjustments playing a big part in the trailer.

EA has a full post about the changes on the official site, and details some motion capture sessions with U.S. and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

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"Goalkeepers have been completely rewritten for FIFA 15 with over 50 new save animations, improved AI and a new, realistic player model. Our Next Gen goalkeepers are more responsive and fluid when they move and look and think like real-life keepers.

"Keepers now read and react to gameplay situations, adjusting their movement if going in the wrong direction, and making last-ditch saves by reaching back or throwing out a leg. FIFA 15 also brings a new level of realism to the way keepers react to shots that are difficult to handle. Where previously goalkeepers would catch most balls they touched, you'll now see a new range of authentic deflections and tips as keepers try to make a save."

The goalkeepers are also meant to read situations better and more intelligently, commanding the box with more decisive runs off the line. This also opens up options to attackers, though, and hopefully EA has balanced the system--we don't want another game with the unrivaled power of a chip shot. Enjoy the new, somewhat melodramatic goalkeeper trailer showing off these changes below.

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