First Matt Prior talked about the graphical enhancements of the game with the new Wii U hardware. Matt Prior said that the Wii's hardware set them back in previous installments to the FIFA series, but with the Wii U they plan to create a much better experience.
“…and there are a couple of features that we have been able to graphically enhance. It’s not going to be miles ahead. But two things we have improved just in terms of the fidelity and quality are the pitch. If you have a look at the pitch texture there’s a lot more detail in it and we’re working on that as we speak to hopefully improve it even further.”
Prior went into detail the focus his team has given when trying to implement an online feature to the game, with online play being a staple to popular video games Prior's team made sure that online game play would not be left without new content.
“We wanted to make sure we got the most popular feature in [versions for] 360 and PS3. Either online or offline, the most popular feature in it is an online mode called Online Seasons, so that’s in the Wii U [version]. Some of the more advanced modes that took many years to kind of come onto 360 and PS3, things like Ultimate Team, they aren’t on it at launch, but the biggest one in terms of popularity is.”
The most interesting part of the interview was the new features taking advantage of the Wii U's touch screen Game Pad. Friends can now be be invited to a match or send a message by the tap to the touchscreen. Prior also stated that with the new controller his team programmed new controls for the Game Pad.
“You can tap an invite to them, or you can tap a message to them. Obviously, touch screen messaging is much better than the 360 Live virtual keyboard where you’re moving it up and down. …we really want to connect friends and allow people to game with friends as easily as possible.”
“Because you can manage, you don’t really need that high-intensity twitch gaming where you’ve got to be concentrating all the time. It’s kind of ‘kick back, maybe put it down, and do a few management changes’. You don’t need to be panicking all the time.”
FIFA 2013 will be a launch title for the Wii U later this year, and overall EA has done a great job of adding new game play to it's next installment of the FIFA series and we should all look forward to this promising title.