FIFA 18 maker EA has confirmed the game will not include real-life referees, despite the series adding managers for the first time last year.
EA confirmed to Dream Team Gaming that real-world refs are not on the cards, but didn’t rule them out for later editions of the game.
When asked if real-life refs were coming to FIFA 18, EA Creative Director Matt Prior, said: “Not this year, no.”
Instead, EA is focusing efforts to improve the referee’s AI in the next game – and promised they will be leagues better.
“Last year there were strange behaviours in the game, but we are working on it and hope it will not happen soon,” Prior told Kicker eSport.
He also admitted the bizarre decisions seen in FIFA 17 are directly linked to the Frostbite engine.
Although the engine is ‘very correct’ for the most part, there are some in-game situations that ‘look worse than they actually are’ – and this could be affecting referee decisions.
After the FIFA 18 cover announcement in June, little more has been revealed about the upcoming game – which is due to hit shelves on September 29.
EA is, however, planning a huge Ultimate Team showcase at this month’s Gamescom expo in Cologne.
“Ordinary we don’t announce much about Ultimate Team around this time because we’re in the run up to Gamescom – that’s our big FUT showcase,” Prior said.
Gamescom is Europe’s largest gaming convention and takes place between August 22-26.
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