FIFA 21: Everything we know so far
EA recently announced the release date of the latest installment of the world’s most famous football simulation game series FIFA. Releasing on Friday, 9 October 2020 a bit late than its usual late September slot, the game will be available to play on PC, PS4, XBOX and Switch.
EA have also announced their plans to give players a free upgrade For FIFA 21, as they are partnering with Sony and Microsoft to offer players a Dual Entitlement – meaning that they won’t need to buy FIFA 21 twice to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X.
New game, new features
Concerns over the development of career mode have troubled fans since its launch in FIFA 20. However, EA sports are adding a ‘Quick sim’ option for players to jump in game and change the direction of the season. Active Training System is also a new addition – which will facilitate the creation of group training sessions to work on areas of weakness to train and improve players abilities.
Another big addition is the Activity Management system giving players tactical control to balance their morale, sharpness and fitness. This ties into to the Interactive Match Sim which focuses more on management side of playing, allowing players to make more tactical decisions.
Opponents AI is also getting an upgrade which allows them to react better when it comes to attack and defense. Additionally, there will also have the options to sign players as well as options to customize their career mode.
New attacking systems such as Agile Dribbling, Positioning Personality and Creative Runs will be added to get better control of player movements
More to be revealed in August
EA sports in a recent post that they have more to announce about FIFA 21 gameplay, Career Mode, Volta, Pro Clubs and Ultimate Team.
The demo will be the first chance most get to get a hands-on feel of the game. It should be available on our consoles from Friday, 18 September 2020.
Criticism by fans
Despite being one of the best selling video game in the world some fans are feeling a bit peeved right now. One of the main issues that many players have with the series is that the with only a few gameplay changes and graphical upgrade the new titles have become “glorified re-skins” with new kits and updated squads.
Many fans have even took it upon themselves and decided to boycott the title entirely.
Another issue that has plagued the series is the controversial pay to win mechanics of the Ultimate team. The situation got so bad that EA had to explain to the Belgium government about these gambling mechanics and the so called ‘loot-boxes’.
With the matter even being discussed in UK parliament, EA still to this day hasn’t changed their lootbox policy as it brings them a lot of money and is more than likely to introduce these gambling mechanics to the new title.