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FIFA 18: There’s one player who will look far more realistic than anyone else in FIFA 18

EA's facial scanning team just really like Vincent Kompany's face

There’s one player in FIFA who technically looks more realistic than any one else.

Any guesses?

FIFA 18 cover star Cristina Ronaldo? FIFA 17’s Marco Reus? Nope.

In fact, it’s Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany – who, according to EA’s facial scanning team, is ‘far and away’ the most realistic looking player in series.


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For the past few years, EA has used facial scanning to ensure in-game characters look just like their real-life counterparts.

The scanning team travel to different clubs, most recently Forest Green Rovers, to scan player faces before importing them into the game. But every year it’s Kompany that looks the best.

Kompany still looked decent back in FIFA 15 but improves massively in the following year’s game

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Kompany still looked decent back in FIFA 15 but improves massively in the following year’s game

“Vincent Kompany is going to have the most detail now because he’s been scanned so many times,” said Jack Hoyle, a freelance camera operator who works for EA facial scanning team.

“This is because he’s the player we use for any tests – so every time there’s a software update for the graphics, Kompany gets the first batch test on him.

Kompany’s face in FIFA 16 compared to FIFA 17 – both look very impressive

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Kompany’s face in FIFA 16 compared to FIFA 17 – both look very impressive

“So, he actually gets an updated character every year – meaning he’ll be far and away the best quality.

“Any time there’s an update done in Vancouver that then gets sent over to me – the example is always Vincent Kompany.”

Earlier in the week, Forest Green Rovers players became the first outside of Europe’s top divisions to be face captured for FIFA 18.

EA selected FGR for the experience to celebrate the club winning promotion to the Football League for the first time in its 128 year history.

The company is also kicking off FUT LIVE tonight – where they’ll reveal more details about this year’s Ultimate Team.

A side-on view of the Manchester City star across the two games – the newer game boasts more realistic cheek and jaw structure

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A side-on view of the Manchester City star across the two games – the newer game boasts more realistic cheek and jaw structure

A few weeks later, EA will unveil 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,” EA producer Matt Prior said.

Gamescom is Europe’s largest gaming convention and takes place between August 22-26.


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