The upcoming edition of EA's FIFA series of games promises to look and feel much more realistic thanks to some incredible AI-driven motion technology. FIFA 22 has been developed using HyperMotion technology, a new technique that combines real-world input and machine learning to allow the game engine to generate massively more realistic simulations of ball control, player contact and ambient behaviour.
The catch is that this feature is only available on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Stadia, which means last-gen console users and PC players will miss out on the benefits that HyperMotion technology promises to bring to the game.
Eurogamer spotted the information in a new Dual Entitlement FAQ listed on EA's website, where it outlines players' eligibility for the next-gen upgrade. "Dual Entitlement is only available with the purchase of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition," it reads on the site. "The Standard Edition of FIFA 22 does not include Dual Entitlement."
So what did they do exactly? EA had 22 professional footballers wear Xsens MVN Link suits on the field in order to record their movements during every touch, tackle, sprint and duel. They captured a vast bank of real movement data – 8.7 million frames of footage – to help define how players move in the new game.
If you're an EA Play member, you'll score an automatic 10% discount against FIFA 22, which means the Ultimate Edition drops down to $89.99/£80.99. Fans who pre-order the Ultimate Edition by August 11 will also receive an untradeable FUT Heroes player item from December 1. To boot, this edition includes up to four days Early Access, FIFA points, and more.