Berlin One month after the release of FIFA 22, the season starts for the esports professionals. The beginning is the Virtual Bundesliga. The game ends are confronted with different game versions.
EA Sports wanted to bring uniformity to the e-sports of FIFA 22 this year: Instead of the previous two consoles, the Global Series will only be played on the Playstation 5.
But the most important competition for Germany, the Virtual Bundesliga, presents the players with an unusual challenge in its competitions. There are different versions of FIFA 22: a stripped-down version for the old console generation and a version with a new engine for PS5 and Xbox Series S / X.
A new engine doesn’t necessarily mean better gameplay, as criticism from the community shows. Former FIFA pro Tim Latka says: “I’m very happy with the old-gen version, but also very dissatisfied with the next-gen version.”
Old-gen version for FIFA esports?
Latka’s arguments against the next-gen version: The gameplay is slower and the many new animations are unpredictable. “What is the point of an e-athlete if he recognizes all of Mbappé’s forehead wrinkles, but has to give up control of the game?”
In addition, the game is becoming more and more defensive, says Latka. The computer-controlled figures leave hardly any gaps in defense, bunkering is rewarded. All of this reduces the difference between good and bad players. This is much better on the old-gen version, because there has to be defended manually.
Umut and DullenMike are playing on PS5
The German FIFA professionals Umut “Umut” Gültekin and Dylan “DullenMike” Neuhausen are concentrating their training on the PS5 version, they say at the press conference for the start of the VBL season. However, last year’s finalist DullenMike heard from other players that the old-gen version was better.
The reigning German champion Umut says: “I have only played one game on the PS4 version, but it felt faster than on the PS5. Of course, it looks better for the player and is more fun. ”Both professionals have not yet been able to make a final judgment on the old-gen version.
All four versions in the VBL
The VBL goes a different way than EA Sports: The league relies on easy access instead of uniformity. The VBL Open, the single-player competition open to all, is played on the old-gen version of both consoles.
“So that we can give as many players as possible the chance to prove themselves in the league,” says the ESL, which organizes the league. Because even a year after it was released, it can still be difficult to get a new console.
VBL Club Championship mit Next-Gen
The VBL Club Championship, which starts on Tuesday, will be played on the next-gen versions of both consoles. Professionals with a club background play there. Equipping them with the necessary hardware was easier, say the organizers.
How the many different versions affect the VBL season remains to be seen. With the Global Series only being played on PS5, most of the pros have switched to the next-gen version of the Sony console.
At the Grand Final, at which the Club Championship and Open competitions converge in June and the German individual champion is determined, according to the ESL, next-gen consoles and the next-gen version will be played. Those who qualify there from the VBL Open have to train a new version for the final.
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