was everywhere during Gamescom. They appeared on stage during Microsoft's briefing, they appeared onstage during EA's briefing, and then they released enough screenshots and new information to sink a ship.
We'll make a start with the changes to the gameplay on the pitch with their Innovation Across the Entire Pitch. They've introduced No Touch Dribbling and Clinical Finishing in an attempt to create more memorable moments in the final third of the pitch. Defenders' positioning and locomotion has been altered now move so that they now move as a single unit to stay with attackers. Passing With Purpose and Interception intelligence aim to give players more control over the midfield action as they battle for possession and balance. Finally, goalkeepers have new save animations and more authentic positioning.
Of course, the action on the pitch is nothing without a decent commentary to go with it. FIFA 16
will have hours of new commentary, including new commentators for the German and Russian languages. In fact, the German Bundesliga will benefit from a presentation akin to the look of the league's TV broadcasts, including features like the score graphics, team sheets and player analysis.
Then there are the new stadiums -- all nine of them -- meaning that the game now includes more than 70 different stadiums. Even the crowds that occupy these stadiums will have more to do with the addition of over 900 new chants, all of which are taken from real chants that have been sung by fans at real football matches. To see a list of all of the licensed and generic stadiums in the game, click on the spoiler. Take a look at the following screenshots for a first glance at the nine new stadiums.
Borussia Park, home of Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga Carrow Road, home of Norwich City in the Barclays Premier League CenturyLink Field, home of Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer El Monumental, home of Club Atlético River Plate in the Argentine Primera División Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth FC in England League Two King Abdullah Sports City, home of Al-Ittihad & Al-Ahli in the Saudi Abdul Latif Jameel League Stade Vélodrome, home of Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1 Vicarage Road, home of Watford in the Barclays Premier League Vitality Stadium, home of Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League
Career Mode gets more improvements with the addition of Pre-Season Tournaments, which aim to help managers to grow a transfer budget and improve team condition before the start of the real competition. You'll get to pick three out of a possible nine tournaments to play before the start of the team's domestic campaign.
In between matches, Player Training allows managers to develop both the squad and youth players. You'll get a choice of over 30 drills and be able to train up to five players at once. This has the benefit of being able to develop youth players before transferring them to other clubs.
There's also the ability to use training to your own advantage. The new FIFA Trainer uses an in-game training system that uses the context of the game itself to explain the controller options to the player. The options within the trainer will progress as the level of the player increases; this can be set to automatic or can be controlled manually by the player.
FIFA Ultimate Team isn't untouched either. There's a new feature - FUT Draft - that allows players to test out their team building skills before competing in single player or online in a knockout string of four games. The more games that a player wins, the better the reward the player receives to use in their core FUT club. Players can enter a draft by using 15,000 virtual coins, 300 FIFA Points or a Draft Token. Once entered, pick from one of five formations before picking the Team Captain from a choice of five options. You'll then fill out the remainder of the 23 squad positions, including the substitutes, also from five options for each position. Will you pick the best players or the team with a great chemistry? See how former football players Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville got on.
The FIFA Ultimate Team Legends also makes a return exclusively to Xbox. There will be 60 legends, including eight new legends that are showcased in the trailer below. There is also the Legends Chemistry that, like the ordinary Ultimate Team Draft, creates links between legends and squad players; pairing nationalities creates a strong connection. All Xbox FUT players will receive a legend on a three match loan this season.
In two final FIFA Ultimate Team improvements, a new broadcast presentation will provide dynamic commentary that reacts to the stats and history of your club. Also, the Ultimate Team items will have a new look:
EA Access members will be able to bag themselves some bargains this season too. You'll get a 10% discount on FIFA Ultimate Team Points. Members will also be able to access the game for a limited amount of time up to a week before it hits retailers. If this all seems to be too much to take in, take a look at the latest trailer for the game that showcases why this season will be the finest in history.
and all of its improvements is due to be released on September 22nd.