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FIFA 15 will mark EA Sports Ignite engine's debut on PC

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Electronic Arts' next-gen engine for sports games, EA Sports Ignite, will debut on Windows PC with FIFA 15, the publisher announced today.

Ignite, which EA announced during the Xbox One reveal event in May 2013, is the technology that powers all of EA's sports games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those versions of FIFA 14 used Ignite, while the PC version did not; it had been released alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions in late September. Bringing Ignite to PC will allow developer EA Canada to maintain feature parity across the new consoles and PC for FIFA 15.

"The PC version will include all the same core features coming to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game," reads a post from EA on the game's website.

This is a relatively quick turnaround for EA. In an interview with Polygon during E3 2013, Andrew Wilson — who was then the head of EA Sports and is now the CEO of EA — said that the Ignite engine didn't support PC because it was designed specifically for the static hardware architectures of the PS4 and Xbox One. He added that PC support was "possible" in the future, but indicated that it wasn't likely to arrive anytime soon.

"There needs to be some adjustment in terms of how EA Sports Ignite works to facilitate the open nature of PC architecture, rather than the closed nature of console architecture," Wilson told Polygon at the time, which makes today's announcement a surprising and welcome one.

Here are the PC specifications for FIFA 15:

Minimum Required Specifications:

  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad @ 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard drive space required: 15 GB
  • Minimum supported video cards: ATI Radeon HD 5770, Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
  • DirectX: 11.0

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2550K @ 3.4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard drive space required: 15 GB
  • Supported video cards: ATI Radeon HD 6870, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
  • DirectX: 11.0

EA also released a Vine-style teaser trailer for FIFA 15 today on Twitter. The full trailer is set to air during the publisher's E3 2014 press briefing, which begins June 9 at noon PT.

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