Earlier on we spoke about FIFA 14 and the fact that certain Ultimate Team features are now going to be made exclusive on the Xbox One version of the game, as part of EA’s newly announced deal with Microsoft. Now, we have an update on the PC version to share with you, although it is definitely not the update that you’ll want to hear about.
If you tuned in to Microsoft’s Xbox One event, you would have seen EA take to the stage to unveil their brand new Ignite Engine, a new enhanced engine that will power games such as FIFA 14, Madden, NBA Live and UFC now that they have taken over the franchise from THQ.
EA has said that Ignite will offer ‘human-like intelligence’ to their upcoming sports games, whilst also offering “ten times greater animation fidelity” and more accurate environments. The company has also said that using this new engine will allow AI athletes to compute calculations four times the speed that was previously possible on their old engine and current-gen consoles.
While this sounds amazing for FIFA 14 fans, the big disappointment is that EA has said that Ingite engine isn’t coming to PC – only PS4 and Xbox One. Perhaps even worse, is that EA hasn’t offered a specific reason why they are not bringing their new engine over to PC either.
This has already caused mass anger from PC gamers who believe that they make up a big portion of EA’s community and following, aside from console. Combine this with the fact that next-gen consoles are now featuring PC-like architecture, so it is a somewhat strange decision for EA to completely alienate PC gamers in this way.
Who will now pick up FIFA 14 on PC, knowing that it won’t be built using a next-gen engine like PS4 and Xbox One? Let’s hope we get some clarity from EA regarding this issue soon. As a PC gamer reading this, are you surprised by this latest snub from EA?