You want the truth. Is FIFA 22’s next-generation Hypermotion technology your answer? The truth is impossible to handle!
Electronic Arts has made the law regarding FIFA 22’s PC edition, which is basically the last-gen console version. FIFA 22 will be marketed using its “HyperMotion” technology. This is a combination motion capture and an algorithm that has been trained on “8.7million frames of advanced match-capture”, which then “writes new animations to create organic football movement across multiple interactions on the pitch.”
HyperMotion will have a variety of animations that make it look more real. These include shouting at one another about runs or how bodies react to each other when they collide. This feature is about improving the on-pitch experience, which sounds fantastic.
Except for PC players. HyperMotion is a feature of FIFA 22 on next-gen consoles, Stadia and Stadia. PC gamers instead receive the exact same game as their cousins on Xbox One and PS4. Electronic Arts provided me with the following explanation when I inquired about the reason for this:
“Bringing HyperMotion technology to PC and Immersive Match Day features would have raised minimum specs and made it difficult for many players to play the game. This would have had a significant impact on our PC community, who enjoy FIFA every year. Many players would be excluded from the game or forced to upgrade to play it. We look forward to FIFA 22’s gameplay improvements and new season of innovation for all PC players.
“A large percentage of players”?
FIFA 22 won’t get the next-generation pretties due to capitalism. PC is not FIFA’s largest market. EA would prefer to offer a lower-quality product to more people than the better-end hardware.
EA’s HyperMotion spiel is going to be slightly different from the actual reality of what this tech does: Is it creating animated videos on-the-fly using PS5? It seems that the FIFA development team doesn’t regard PC as an important platform.
This is a shocking fact. EA has given PC FIFAs little attention for many years and has yet to come up with a solution. Although the game may be more affordable if its basic specs are lower than the main features, this also means that every PC gamer will get FIFA 22 without these headline features.