In an interview with Fifplay.com,EA Line Producer David Rutter reveals new Fifa 09 details. Below are some selected details that might interest you Fifa fans out there.

New Features

Fifa 09 willadd 250 key additions from Fifa 08

Custom Team Tactics. The goal for the feature when we set out to do it was to distinguish the teams in our game by making each of them play differently according to how they play in the real world. In the process of building this feature we figured out that this is something that should also be exposed to the gamers so that they can adjust the way that the team plays to suit their own personal style too.

– ‘sliders’. This allows you to tweak and tune the way your team plays as if you were the first-team coach or manager. There are 11 sliders and options in the game, broken down into ‘Defending’ and ‘Attacking’ sliders. Attacking is then broken down further into ‘Build Up’ and ‘Chance Creation’ sliders.

David Rutter then said “There are roughly 140 attacking and 40 defensive options. One example is to adjust the Defensive Mentality – in a high setting you’ll have nine players pushing into your opposition half trying to cut-out play in much the same way as in the team pushing for a win,desperate to get the ball no matter how vulnerable that leaves you defensively. To counter this, the opposition could play a long, lofted ball over your last man and their striker might have 30 yards of space to run into between the last defender and the goalkeeper. The opposite example is low Defensive Mentality. Choosing this setting would mean your defensive line is deep leaving very little space for the attacking team to play in your half of the pitch. An attacking team is going to be met with a 10 man defense – so they’re going to need to use some pretty inspired quick passing and movement to get near goal. This is only some of the depth that we’ve added and we really recommend you experiment with the feature for yourselves to experience all of the nuances you can create. You can exchange them with your mates via EA Locker, and assign up to 4 of them to your Quick Tactics to execute during offline or online play. They’re really powerful.”

Expanded ‘Be a Pro’ Mode. You’ll get the chance to choose or build a football player, control them for four seasons and grow their abilities using the experience points you gain on the pitch.And if you’re good enoughyou’ll bespotted by your national coach, with the ultimate aim of being your countries captain, and winning the International Cup to become a Legend.

– Improved Disconnection Issues.

1 – Up to 3 mins the users when quitting will get no penalty at all – This allows users to judge the connection quality.

2 – Between 3 and 5 mins the user who quits will get a DNF rating – This means we don’t penalize too harshly quitters in case the quality drops

3 – After 5 mins the user who quits will get a DNF rating and a 3-0 loss – The users own fault.

More features are to be revealed at the Leipzig Games Festival in Germany in August. Share your thoughts on the details revealed by leaving a comment below!

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