embassywvc | Making The Journey - FIFA 17 Developer Interview

Posted June 12th at 12:00pm.


Powered by Frostbite™, EA SPORTS FIFA 17's The Journey* for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC lets you make your mark on and off the pitch as Alex Hunter, a rising star in the Premier League. Developed over the last 18 months with the help of real players including Harry Kane and Anthony Martial, this new mode is the first story experience in the FIFA franchise. We spoke to Creative Director Mat Prior to better understand what went into the making of The Journey.

Why develop a story mode for FIFA 17?

It’s a side of football we have never been able to showcase before and is something we have wanted to do for several years - give the player the experience of living a professional football career on and off the pitch. We have done an amazing job of recreating football through gameplay but up until now we have never ‘peeked behind the curtain’ and brought to life what happens off the pitch. That side of the game has become more known about in recent years through social media and the countless number of websites devoted to the sport. Fans can digest football 24/7 and have a window into footballer's lives outside of matches that just wasn't available before. I think it’s a side of football people are very interested in now and it's a great opportunity to really innovate in FIFA 17.

It’s also a mode that will allow players to learn about the sport but just as importantly get familiar with the game - you can learn the fundamentals of FIFA and some of the more advanced functionality through playing. Any player that completes The Journey should not only have a great time but come out the other side with the ability to play the game at an even better level.

How long has it taken to develop The Journey?

We have been thinking about this for a long time and been plotting ideas for more than two years. We mapped out the story and all the features, then a large section of the team came together back over a year ago. Most of the EA SPORTS FIFA team have worked on an annual cycle. So for this, it was a pretty long production but at the same time, a very rewarding process.

FIFA 17 is the first in the series to use the Frostbite engine, how did it help shape developing The Journey?

Without Frostbite, a story this immersive doesn't happen. It really gave us the means to tell the story. We built our engine around delivering authentic true to life action on and off the pitch, but with the move over to Frostbite gave us the opportunity and the tools required to create scenes and environments necessary for this kind of mode. The Frostbite engine has given us a lot of incredible games many of which featured story modes and it was the perfect vehicle for us to bring a story into FIFA.

What were some of the exciting parts for you and the team as you were working on the mode?

I have been on FIFA for many years as have many of my colleagues, therefore, I think the most exciting part for us was delivering something very new and unique to the world of FIFA. We are all used to seeing the amazing players and stadiums we create every year but building new football worlds that have never featured in FIFA before like apartments, airplanes, and hotel rooms was an interesting change. Developing and casting the characters was also something new to us as we usually just recreate existing athletes. To create fictional characters both visually and in terms of personality and back story was an exciting change of pace.

The Journey revolves around the life of Alex Hunter, can you tell us a bit more about him?

Alex is a 17-year-old kid from humble roots in Clapham, a suburb of London. He has football in the blood and is the grandson of an English legend Jim Hunter and the son of a footballer whose career ended early.

What makes The Journey authentic to the sport of football?

Authenticity is, and always will be very important to FIFA. With a story-based mode, it also meant bringing that same level authenticity in a very different way. We did a lot of research, looked at real player stories and experiences to craft The Journey. We spoke to ex-players and worked with people who live and breathe football including Tom Watt who ghost-wrote David Beckham's autobiography.

In the later stages of development we also ran The Journey past a number of current young professional footballers, like Reece Oxford and Marcus Rashford. That part was particularly rewarding - all the feedback from those guys was about it feeling real and in many instances it mirrored many of their own experiences. Things like family being incredibly important in supporting them through the ups and downs of professional sport was something that they could all relate to. It was good to have that frontline feedback and confirmation that what we had created was authentic.

When someone starts playing, what do you hope sticks with them as they progress through the mode?

Hopefully, they get invested in the characters and the story and really care about what happens to them. We hope it also teaches players something about a side of football not seen every day. For the new and casual fan, we hope it gets them into both our game and the sport.

Are there any surprises or treats in The Journey you can tease us with?


That would be telling! You will have to play the mode and find out but a lot of what happens is in the hands of the player - your decisions change how Alex's career develops, meaning different players will have different experiences. #nospoilers

*EA SPORTS FIFA 17’s The Journey is only available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.


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embassywvc | Japan J1 League to Feature in FIFA 17

Posted June 23rd at 6:00pm.

We are proud to announce that Japan's top flight football league, the MEIJI YASUDA J1 League and J.League Cup tournament will feature in FIFA 17 when the game launches this September.

As one of the most popular leagues in Asia, the J1 League has a global fanbase and is one of the most requested leagues from the EA SPORTS™ FIFA community. All 18 clubs that make up the J1 League will feature authentic logos, kits, and rosters. Content from these clubs will be in our popular FIFA Ultimate Team™ (FUT) and other modes across FIFA 17.

The clubs of the J1 League:

  • Vegalta Sendai
  • Kashima Antlers
  • Urawa Reds
  • Omiya Ardija
  • Kashiwa Reysol
  • FC Tokyo
  • Kawasaki Frontale
  • Yokohama F. Marinos
  • Shonan Bellmare
  • Ventforet Kofu
  • Albirex Niigata
  • Júbilo Iwata
  • Nagoya Grampus
  • Gamba Osaka
  • Vissel Kobe
  • Sanfrecce Hiroshima
  • Avispa Fukuoka 
  • Sagan Tosu

In addition to all 18 clubs, Suita City Football Stadium, the new home of Gamba Osaka will be one of the new stadiums available in FIFA 17.

We’ll have more news on other leagues & teams, and stadiums for FIFA 17 closer to launch.


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embassywvc | Q&A with Marcus Rashford on The Journey - FIFA 17

Posted June 24th at 2:00am.

Powered by Frostbite™, EA SPORTS FIFA 17's The Journey for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC lets you make your mark on and off the pitch as Alex Hunter, a rising star in the Premier League.

After bursting on to the international scene earlier this year, EA SPORTS caught up with Marcus Rashford for an exclusive insight into his Journey to becoming a professional footballer.

EA SPORTS: You just watched some early scenes from the Journey in FIFA 17, what are your thoughts?

MR : I think it’s important that we get it into the game as it gives people at home an insight into what it’s like coming through as a professional footballer.

EA SPORTS: Does it remind your of your experience?

MR : Yeah it definitely reminds me of my experience, when you see Alex go into the manager’s office you don’t know what he’s going to say or what it’s going to be like, so it brings back memories.

EA SPORTS: Did it remind you of your managers office?

MR : Yeah definitely, he walks in and that’s actually what it’s like, it’s giving a realistic impression.

EA SPORTS: In ‘The Journey’ Alex has to choose which club he wants to sign for, can you just talk us through your decision to join your club?

MR : For me it was an easy decision because I support (Manchester) United and was involved at the Club from a young age.

EA SPORTS: In one scene we see Alex receiving texts messages and calls after a big announcement. Is that realistic? Do you monitor social media and reports online?

MR : Kind of, but you’ve got to do your best to block that out to be honest and just focus on playing and training.

EA SPORTS: When it comes to establishing yourself in a group of experienced players, does Alex’s experience mirror yours? Tell us what that’s like be the new guy in the squad?

MR : Its just about getting yourself in there, you’ve got to be yourself because that’s what got you there, so if you start changing you’re not going to experience it in the right way. There’s also a lot to learn from the experienced players, there’s a reason they’ve been at the top level for so long.

EA SPORTS: How do you think people will react to putting themselves in the shoes of a young Premier League player like Marcus Rashford and experiencing what you’ve been through?

MR : It’s something you (EA) have made possible in The Journey so I think a lot of people will be using it and looking forward to it.

EA SPORTS: Does watching Alex Hunter bring back memories of your debut and initial games?

MR : Yeah, definitely – there’s a real buzz and excitement around those matches and they are great memories for me.

EA SPORTS: You’ve been on an incredible journey these last few months, can you tell us how hard it is as a young English player to break into the league? Tell us a bit about what that journey was like?

MR : I was training and playing with the under 18s and under 21s. When I was called up to train with the first team I had to make sure I kept my performance consistent and then when you get your chance you’ve got to make sure you take it because you might not get another one. It’s important you show the manager what you can do.

EA SPORTS: When you watched what Alex’s is going through are there similarities to your struggles and also the satisfaction of your success?

MR : There are ups and down for all footballers and that’s shown in Alex’s journey. I just have to try to stay level throughout and not get too high when things are going well or too low when things aren’t quite as good.

EA SPORTS: By the end are you thinking, this Hunter, he’s in the league, I could line up against him next Saturday?

MR : Yeah definitely that’s the feeling it has on you, its what happens in real life so its only good for the game.

EA SPORTS: Watching those scenes, do you feel that this takes you behind the scenes and gives you a glimpse of what life is like for a modern day premier league footballer?

MR : Yeah you see Alex at home with his grandparents, his mum and his dad and that’s what its like, sometimes when you're down you need them to pick you back up and sometimes when you're up you need them to help keep your feet on the ground. So its what its like in real life.

EA SPORTS: And that’s fascinating isn’t it because the public focus on what goes on on the pitch but perhaps what they don’t always appreciate is all the hard yards, the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making it away from the pitch, and the sacrifices that you make physically but also emotionally?

MR : The fans see the glory, they see you scoring a goal or winning a tournament, they don’t always see what you’ve done to get there behind the scenes, so its good that this is included.

EA SPORTS: What does it mean to you to represent your country?

MR : It means a lot to me to represent my country at any level, it’s an honour to do so, but to do it at senior level it’s a big thing so I am just glad to be given the opportunity.


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embassywvc | Set Piece Rewrite - FIFA 17 Developer Interview

Posted July 7th at 10:00am.

FIFA 17's Set Piece Rewrite lets players inject personality and experience control in every dead ball situation. To better explain what's been changed and introduced in FIFA 17 we sat down with Sam Rivera, lead gameplay producer for FIFA 17, and asked him to go in-depth about how set pieces have changed.

What is Set Piece Rewrite?

Set pieces in FIFA had used the same system for many years and it was time for a change. We've looked at every aspect of set pieces in the game - free kicks, penalties, corners, throw-ins - to give players greater freedom and control in how they take them.

For example, our corner kick mechanics in FIFA 17 is very different from earlier years and feels really fun. There are now many more ways you can take a corner, leading to more scoring chances or other attacking opportunities.

Just how different are corners?

First of all, the aiming is different. In the past, the longer you held a button, the further the ball travelled because of the added power. Now, using the left stick allows you to aim exactly where in the box you want the cross delivered. This works by moving a reticule on the screen that represents the target of your cross. Tapping the button results in a ball that has a loopy trajectory, good when aiming for the far post or taller players. However if you hold the button longer then you'll have a more driven trajectory ball, for a near post move, or a flick on.

You can also switch to and control players in the box, which allows you to adjust where they are in the area. You can move them around to create greater space and a better attempt on goal.

What about penalties?

Penalties are really cool this year. You can now adjust your starting position and control how you approach the ball. Obviously the faster you approach the ball the more power you have in your shot. It's also more likely you could mess up the shot, so there is a decision to make before taking a strike. When you power up you will have the same shooting mechanic as in regular gameplay - the longer you power up, the higher and harder the ball travels.

Is this the same for free kicks?

Yes, it's very similar for free kicks. You place yourself behind the ball where you want to start your run. Your placement behind the ball will affect the spin. The further back you go, the more power you can get in your shot. You can decide to shoot from the inside or outside of the ball to adjust your shot. As with penalties, the longer you hold, the more power and elevations you get in each shot.

What about throw-ins, anything new there?

We have a few new thing with throw-ins. In the past, players did not have the freedom to move along the touchline. Now, the thrower can walk the line to gain a better position on the throw.

You can also do fake throws. This works in the same way as when you take a fake shot; you start your pass but a quick press of another button stops your throwing motion. This allows you to fake out your opponent and potentially pass the ball to an unmarked player.


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FIFA 17 Release Date Details on embassywvc

Posted June 6th at 11:00am.

FIFA 17 officially launches in North America on Tuesday, September 27 and releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game hits store shelves in Europe and the rest of the World on Thursday, September 29.

EA Access* members on Xbox One and Origin Access* members on PC can play the game early with Play First Trials. Stay tuned for more information, including launch timing and game availability.

Details on FIFA 17’s minimum and recommended specifications for PC coming soon!

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*CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEE EA.COM/EAACCESS/TERMS AND http://www.origin.com/store/origin-access FOR DETAILS.


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embassywvc - Twin Saga: New Feature Mobile House Terracottage Detailed Breakdown

Twin Saga, the anime MMORPG from developer X-Legend Entertainment and publisher Aeria Games, will feature a fresh spin on the concept of player housing. A detailed breakdown of the Terracottage – the mobile house that all players will be able to access early on – has been released.

Twin Saga: The Terracottage

The Terracottage allows for fast travel in a technological marvel across the vast continent of Meridia. But it also doubles as a player's home, with several floors designed to fulfill all of their adventuring needs. The main floor is completely customizable; collectible furniture and wallpaper can be placed and adjusted to a player's preference. It is also where friends can visit and jointly open up a community chest that offers loot for all!

embassywvc - Twin Saga: New Feature Mobile House Terracottage Detailed Breakdown

embassywvc - Twin Saga: New Feature Mobile House Terracottage Detailed Breakdown

embassywvc - Twin Saga: New Feature Mobile House Terracottage Detailed Breakdown

Steam Summer Sale: 5 Recommended MMOs to Purchase and Play on embassywvc

Steam has kicks off annual Summer Sale today. It's an opportunity must be taken if you are looking for something new to try. MMO players have some sweet deals to check out, too. Below are 5 games that you should pay attention to. Keep in mind that the Summer Sale 2016 ends on July 5.
 
Ark: Survival Evolved
Available for $16.5, which is 45% off
 
Being one of the best indie games you can play right now, Ark: Survival Evolved is a dangerous but charming world. You'll tame, train and breed dinosaurs and other creatures, and you can ride your dinosaurs into the battle. Build your shelter with friends or alone, store your supplies because food and water is crucial factors for survival. You have unlimited ways to play this game but play together is the golden rule in survival games.
 
>> Ark: Survival Evolved Steam page 
 
Steam Summer Sale: 5 Recommended MMOs to Purchase and Play on embassywvc

Steam Summer Sale: 5 Recommended MMOs to Purchase and Play on embassywvc

embassywvc - Survarium Beta Review - Honest Game Review

embassywvc - Survarium Beta Review - Honest Game Review
Survarium
 is a post-apocalyptic shooter set in Earth, and more precisely in Eastern Europe. The planet is being plagued by a deadly viral pandemic which has killed billions of people already and the few survivors that still live are scraping the land for resources with occasional skirmishes with one another.

Mother Nature has begun taking back what is rightfully hers and now the bigger part of the planet is covered by an anomaly which the survivors call the Forest. According to them, no man is able to get inside the Forest and come out unscathed. That’s why the survivors choose to avoid those anomalies whenever they can

You!
As a player, you take on the role of a survivor and join one of the 4 factions that fight over the few resources that survived the aftermath of the calamity.

The 4 factions are:
embassywvc - Survarium Beta Review - Honest Game Review
The Scavengers: Free travelers, mostly normal every day men and women with little to no military training who have  banded together in order to survive and will do anything to keep themselves alive, even if that means that they will lose a part of their humanity by doing so.

The Black Market: A group of Nomads who after a long time of wandering have finally established a base of operation where they anyone is welcome to do trade as long as they behave themselves.

The Renaissance Army: Former military regulars who belonged to USSR. Before the catastrophe they had a plan to conquer the world, but the apocalypse thwarted their plans. It was then that the ex-USSR soldiers and officials decided that the ones to blame for this mess were the Western people, so after tasting defeat once they united once again with the purpose of creating a  united super-state.

The Fringe Settlers: They are the people who live at the border between The Forest and what’s left of the inhabitable world.  Their founding belief was that people should learn to live harmoniously with the Forest and not fight it, that’s why they decided to leave so close to it. Out of all the factions, the Settlers are the ones who willingly travel inside the Forest in order to study it.

Sounds cool, right?
Apocalypse, mysterious phenomena, survivors, factions, all of them sound really cool and exciting, but if I were you, I wouldn’t get my hopes up at least not until the game comes out of Beta.

embassywvc - Survarium Beta Review - Honest Game Review
Personally, I was pretty excited about playing Survarium, thinking that I would experience the same excitement as I did when I was playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R since it is being developed by the same people. If you don’t know what that game is, I suggest you look it up. I totally recommend you buying that game. It is easily makes my  my top 5 games' list. It has a great storyline, two expansions and an active player base in case you want to try multiplayer.

The problem is that the game is not an MMO, but an online shooter with litte to no lore or story whatsover. I thought that I will be playing an MMO FPS set in the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R , a game I grew up with and loved, but unfortunately that wasn't the case.

I should mention though that the developers have stated that at some point they will add a large PVE map and a main story quest, but we don't have a definite date about those features yet.


There are 4 match modes:

Team Deathmatch: Self-explanatory.

Battery Retrieval: Batteries spawn across the map, you find them, pick them up and carry them back. Team with most batteries wins.

Research: Basically point control. Capture a point, defend it for some time, score points. Team with most points wins.

Artifact Hunt: Capture the flag, find that Artifact and get it in your base, before the other team.

Dragon's Dogma Online (2.0) ~ Major Update - embassywvc.org

Dragon
Next month, Dragon's Dogma Online will get a huge content update which includes an abundance of new quests, dunegons, bosses, and story to uncover. Besides the new update patch, the game is also refining their old original content to give the players a better experience for those who are just starting out. This update is scheduled to release for players on June 30th, so start preparing. Also, below is the new 2.0 update trailer. Enjoy!~


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Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade Into the Warp Livestream - Episode 65 on embassywvc

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade Into the Warp Livestream - Episode 65

On: May 24, 2016

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