EA Sports president has said the development team for FIFA are “paranoid” to let standards slip, but insists they will never get complacent”.
Speaking with CVG, the exec said:
“[We’re about] continued innovation in what we do, in particular taking a very critical look in the mirror. And when I say paranoid, I mean it. The team listens brilliantly to its fanbase – because it knows there’s always things you can fix; always things you can do a little better.
“We took a huge gamble four years ago on a brand new FIFA engine for next-gen. All of the downsides that gives you temporarily paid off eventually. It was a real gamble – look at our Metacritic scores from 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and look at where we are now.
“The difference is incredible, and something I’m hugely proud of. But we’ll never be complacent and we’ll never believe the hype. We’ve done a phenomenal job getting to where we are today – but one bad iteration and it starts to crumble again.”
Currently, the FIFA team is working on the official World Cup game due in April, with FIFA 11 coming later this year.