FIFA 19 Producer and EA SPORTS Creative Director Matt Prior discusses what it took to create a memorable trilogy for The Journey: authenticity, player choices, storytelling, creative challenges and the inclusion of UEFA Champions League in The Journey: Champions.
In FIFA 19, The Journey returns for its final chapter. What do you feel makes a successful trilogy?
I think there are many factors. We wanted to deliver a compelling story that develops characters in interesting and unexpected ways, and one that offers sufficient gameplay choices and mechanics that can impact how those stories unfold.
Our goal was to create an experience that can be enjoyed in its own right and does not necessitate playing The Journey 1 and 2 for it to be understandable and engaging. I don't think our players could have predicted where we took The Journey 2 after the first installment, this was key to keeping it interesting and is something that will make for a successful trilogy in The Journey: Champions.
How does all the drama of real-world football inspire The Journey: Champions?
Authenticity is key for FIFA, and The Journey is no exception. One of the very first things we did was to look at the real world of football - it's dramas and stories, and of course, social media - which makes that side of football more accessible.
We also have a few ex-professional footballers on the development team and we worked with writing consultants who know everything there is to know about the beautiful game, both on and off the pitch.
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