Referee decisions must be more realistic in the new version of the Fifa soccer game, says Santiago Jaramillo, Fifa Game Play Producer at Electronic Arts.
What special things has EA done to the referees in FIFA 12?
Jaramillo: “We continue to work on the referee decisions and improve the intelligence of foul calls, carding logic, etc. With the introduction of the Player Impact Engine, we had to re-write a lot of our referee code to adapt to the new technology. So, while there are no new features for the Ref this year, we have done a lot of work on it.”
How important is the referee is in the game?
Jaramillo: “Just like in real life, you can’t have a competitive game without one.”
What has been done in FIFA 12 to make sure that the decisions of the referee are better than last year?
Jaramillo: “I think the referee decisions in FIFA 11 were good most of the time. We have fixed some bugs and decisions will be more realistic given the new Player Impact Engine.”
Are some referees more severe than others?
Jaramillo: “Yes, we have different degrees of severity in terms of foul calls and carding. There are tons of referees in the game, each with his own name and degree of severity. They have also been assigned to different leagues so that we match the authenticity of referee severity across different territories. For example, most referees in England tend to be more lenient to tackles than those in Spain.”
Saw an offside decision lately in FIFA12. Was off side, no question but the software didn’t recognize it…
Yes, there errors happened often.
But the referees in FIFA11 were better than in PES2011.
I sent a message last June to EA Sports and I asked them to create real referees like Nishimura or so. They have the FIFA rights, so actually it should not be a problem 🙁
Ah I forgot something: I had many of these wrong offside decisions as well, however I was pretty amused about it. Referees in reality “only…” get 97% of their decisions right, this means we are much closer to reality if there are some errors
EA will not put names of real referees in it. They don’t want a situation that there’s a bug with one referee which constantly makes errors.
Where did you get the 97% from?
There was a study quoted by Fandel one day. Must look for a link.
I bought FIFA on Thursday, fascinated by the improvements in play but slightly disappointed about some circumstances..WHY THE HELL WEARS THE REF A BLUE KIT WHEN CHELSEA MEETS LEVERKUSEN??
There should be the yellow one more often, there nearly never use it.
One aspect annoys me: why does not the opponent foul? I guess it is FIFA’s instructions to create a fair game which then can “wear” FIFA’s name. But it is more or less unrealistic that there are nearly no cautions for opponents.