Soccer fans rejoice, for FIFA 12 is on the way, as if there was ever any doubt. The new game brings with it the grand-sounding Player Impact Engine, which promises "a physics engine built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch." This probably doesn't mean the game will punch you in the face after every tackle, but does mean that players will be able to bump into each other in a more realistic manner. The new physics engine models the force of impact on players' bodies during collisions and creates a much more realistic injury model for those who like to play rough.
Precision Dribbling is, apparently, a "revolutionary gameplay innovation" that "creates a higher fidelity of touch on the ball for better control in tight spaces, more time to make decisions on attack, and more control over the pace of the game." We estimate dribbling will be approximately 47.2% more precise in the new game, though this figure is, of course, plucked out of thin air and has no basis in scientific fact.
Defending has been re-designed and re-branded as the all-new Tactical Defending, which promises to add an increased importance on positioning and intercepting passes rather than simply charging in and tackling like a battering ram. Assuming you understand soccer tactics, of course. The option to charge in and tackle like a battering ram will, in all likelihood, still be available to those who prefer it.
AI players now have Pro Player Intelligence, apparently, which EA chillingly describes as "a self-awareness that enables them to behave and make decisions based on their own skills and tendencies." In practice, this probably means that they'll behave a little more sensibly than in past games and make for smoother, less frustrating play, not that they've developed sentience and are now plotting to kill you.
More minor adjustments include tweaks to the presentation to make the game look even more like a "real" sports broadcast as well as a redesigned, customizable menu system. The new game also features 500 licensed clubs and 15,000 players, supports up to 22 players online, 7 players offline on the PS3 version and 4 on the Xbox version.
The game is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 in the fall of this year. Find out more at the official website.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as FIFA 12 Details Revealed