- Sony Content Producer Tom Wallis
detailed how the World Cup influenced FIFA 15 on PS4 today for PlayStation 4 fans below.
To quote: "We picked the winner of the Brazil World Cup with our simulation."
It's a lofty claim to make, but one that Nick Channon, Senior Producer on EA Sports FIFA 15
, doesn't make lightly.
"We do a simulation every year and we actually, before the tournament, picked Germany. I'm not sure too many people agreed with us. A lot of people were looking at Argentina or Brazil as the favorites."
When talking to Nick backstage at Gamescom this year, talk inevitably kept returning to this summer's footballing extravaganza over in Brazil and perhaps unsurprisingly, it becomes clear that the tournament had an impact on how the final game is turning out.
One area in particular - goalkeepers - came in for special attention as the tournament wound to its conclusion.
"It felt for a lot of the World Cup that the standout position was the goalkeeper," explains Nick.
"Tim Howard from the USA had the record for the most saves in a game. That was something we didn't see coming - just how the World Cup became a story of the...