Electronic Arts has promised that players of the upcoming FIFA 13 soccer simulator would be in for a more secure experience when trying out the game’s special Ultimate Team feature, as the various hacker attacks suffered by FIFA 12 have given the security team a better idea of what to expect from nefarious individuals.
FIFA 12 was one of EA’s biggest games last year, managing to draw in millions of soccer/football fans to its top-notch simulation experience.
What’s more, besides the actual gameplay, the Ultimate Team mode also drew in fans who’ve spent lots of real-life money on building their own squads.
Sadly, the feature also drew in hackers
who started breaking into accounts and stealing cash as well as other items.
EA has learned a lot from these intrusions and the president of its Games label, Frank Gibeau, has promised that FIFA 13’s Ultimate Team would be a more secure experience.
"We learned a lot from the experience. A lot of companies are suffering from this right now. There's a lot of sophisticated hacking happening in the gaming industry and it's a continuous battle," Gibeau told Joystiq
"We take it very seriously, put a lot of resources on it. The learning from the FIFA example last year has been incorporated this year. There's some incremental and additional things. I don't want to get too detailed because I don't want to tip our hand. Rest assured, we take it very seriously."
Gibeau also put into perspective the issue of security in the gaming industry, saying that nothing can be completely secure, no matter how many resources are spent.
"You're never going to win this battle," Gibeau added. "The moment you declare victory, somebody will walk in and show you didn't. So you have to continuously stay on top of it and, most importantly, keep account integrity the first and foremost issue."
FIFA 13 is out on September 28 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and those who pre-order the game
will receive plenty of Ultimate Team bonuses.