FIFA 22 will release on new-gen consoles with HyperMotion – an exciting-sounding suite of exclusive gameplay features. HyperMotion aims to make FIFA 22 the most immersive and intricate FIFA game yet, but what is it and which gameplay changes does it introduce?
Well, using a combination of machine learning and motion capture of full, 11v11 football matches, there will be hundreds of new and unique animations and AI behaviours to closely mimic a real game better than ever before.
On top of this, there are a couple of new-gen exclusive gameplay features – which should make considerable differences to aerial battles and ball control – which you won’t find on older-gen versions of FIFA 22. New-gen oomph will also allow some of the player interactions that the 11v11 motion capture recorded to be portrayed in game. We haven’t got extensive footage of these mechanics in action yet, but they sure sound revolutionary.
So if you’re trying to find out more about HyperMotion, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything we know about FIFA 22 HyperMotion technology.
FIFA 22 HyperMotion platforms
FIFA 22 HyperMotion technology will only be available on the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia. You will not experience any of the HyperMotion features on PC, PS4, or Xbox One.
FIFA 22 HyperMotion technology
According to EA, HyperMotion technology in FIFA 22 is achieved by using Xsens motion capture suits to record data and movement of actual 11v11 football matches, plus a new machine learning tool that can generate animations on the fly.
The trailer below gives you a look at players suiting up for motion capture in full 11v11 scenarios – albeit, it is highly edited and stylised.
FIFA 22 HyperMotion gameplay features
So with all of this fancy HyperMotion tech, what will actually change in-game for FIFA 22?
Here is a breakdown of all the new features EA has revealed so far.
Full Team Authentic Motion
Xsens suits record every touch, tackle, sprint, and duel from all 22 players playing at high intensity for the first time ever, capturing data that powers over 4,000 new animations in FIFA 22 to raise the footballing intensity, responsiveness, and physicality of every player in the game.
Deeper player intelligence driven by the power of next-gen consoles gives each individual the ability to better understand both attacking and defensive formations and movement, creating a new level of tactical realism.
In attack: The ability to make up to 6x more decisions per second gives attackers more awareness of their surroundings, allows them to make smarter runs in build-up play, and lets them react to loose balls quicker.
In defence: Rewritten defensive AI gives teams the ability to act as a tactical unit, retaining their shape to move across the pitch and cover vacant space.
ML – Flow
Learning from more than 8.7 million frames from Advanced 11v11 Match Capture, the ML – Flow machine learning algorithm writes new animations in real-time, enabling players to better adjust their stride and running cadence on approach to the ball to control or strike it more smoothly.
Kinetic Air Battles
Enhanced two player interaction technology syncs player animations, creating greater realism and responsiveness as they fight to be first to the ball. See defenders and attackers push, pull, and jostle as they rise to meet crosses, clearances, and long passes, increasing quality in headed situations and creating cleaner outcomes.
Composed Ball Control
Longer two-touch animations make controlling the ball more natural and fluid than ever before. Take down aerial balls with more technique, get more agility when trapping ground balls, and enjoy more strength in shielding situations to give you new ways to drive forward in FIFA 22.
Powered by Advanced 11v11 Match Capture, new off-ball player animations and ambient behaviour help bring on-pitch characters to life. See opponents talk, point, and direct each other based on the action, while updated locomotion matches players’ urgency on the pitch to make FIFA more realistic and immersive than ever.
FIFA 22 other gameplay changes
Alongside HyperMotion, all versions of FIFA 22 will receive some blanket gameplay upgrades and new features.
A brand new goalkeeper system brings a new level of intelligence to the last line of defence, unlocking more reliable shot-stopping and smarter decision-making between the posts. Goalkeeper positioning personality replicates the different styles of keepers throughout the game – to represent the lightning-fast reflexes of world-class shot stoppers.
True Ball Physics
Real-world data imported into FIFA 22 takes the game’s ball physics to a new level of realism. Tuned parameters including speed, swerve, air drag, air resistance, ground friction, and rolling friction mean every touch, trap, shot, volley, pass, and dribble will look, move, and fly like the real thing.
A new gameplay mechanic that changes the dynamic of one-on-one situations, Explosive Sprint gives you more control over acceleration when dribbling or defending. Lure opponents in and choose when to unleash your full speed to get away from the defender as you drive your team forward in attack.
New Attacking Tactics
Set up your team with different styles in each half of the pitch with new attacking tactics that give you more control over how you play in FIFA 22: keep the ball in your half and explode into attack with fast build up in the opponent’s, play direct from box to box, or line up in your own unique style.
That’s everything we know about HyperMotion in FIFA 22, as well as some of the other gameplay changes coming to the new game. As the FIFA 22 release date gets even closer, expect some more info on this exciting new-gen development to drop.
In the meantime, check out the new FIFA 22 FUT Heroes cards that are being introduced into Ultimate Team.