Kinect functionality not coming to FIFA until 2013 version at least

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 9 June 2011 23:32 GMT

EA Sports’ senior vice president Andrew Wilson has said that folks wanting to use Kinect with FIFA games will have to wait until the series’ 2013 iteration so that the firm has time to figure out how to incorporate it.

That being said, Wilson was insistent that support for the tech won’t just be tacked on as a gimmick.

“What we’ve learnt over the years is building anything on a platform just for the sake of it doesn’t make any sense,” Wilson told Eurogamer at E3. “So the question is, how can that platform add value?”

During Microsoft’s E3 press conference, Peter Moore took the stage to announce that FIFA, Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA Tour would all eventually make use of Kinect, but he never said when that would occur.

“I’m not sure Peter was down on motion control,” Wilson continued. “Peter has always been open to any experience that makes sense. In my conversations with him he’s certainly not doubtful or down on it. He just asks questions like the rest of us do, like, what’s the right experience?

“We’re going to work through the next year as we get to the following year – it’s not for FIFA 12, it’s for FIFA 13 – and ask, what’s the right experience for Kinect? How does Kinect add value to you as a gamer who plays FIFA across platforms?

“This [Kinect] is going to play a part in who you are in FIFA. To the level that that actually ends up integrated? We don’t know yet. But we’ve got some pre-production ideas we think are kinda cool.

“We know there are gamers out there who have Kinect. They’re saying, how do we, for the time we play on our Kinect, add value to our bigger world as FIFA? You tell us we can do it on our phone. You tell us we can do it on Facebook. We want to do it on Kinect as well.

“We’re going to go about solving that problem.”

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