FIFA 21 News: What Can We Expect From EA Games’ Upcoming Soccer Mayhem?

by in Sports Games | Sep, 11th 2020

The next season of digital soccer simulations is just around the corner! Both KONAMI and EA Sports’ “updates” are coming out relatively soon, ready to charm everyone into paying full price for merely incremental gameplay improvements. Every year, we see the same old story – we’re revamping this, we’re altering that, we’re changing all this for something else… but in essence, the changes are minuscule, to say the least.

However, eFootball PES 2021 might not be what you’ve all been expecting since the last year’s release. KONAMI finally decided against selling the exact same game each year (with a couple of improvements here and there) and charge a hefty price for it. Instead, they’re going to be offering a Season Update for PES 2020 and keep their focus on making the truly next-gen PES experience next year. When’s EA Sports going to do the same thing? Who had never for $500?

Jokes aside, there are lots of interesting FIFA 21 news we need to cover here! I’m not saying they’re worth the price tag of a full game, I’m just saying we should address them properly!

Release Date and Pricing

Before we start off with our FIFA 21 news for the day, we’d like to express our condolences to EASFC fans! The seven-year-old EA Sports Football Catalogue credits system will bite the dust starting this season. The folks over at EA Sports decided to ditch the ancient catalog system that offered all sorts of items, boosts, and whatnot. On the bright side, stuff like boots and balls, All-Star teams, and career “cheats” like financial takeover and career mode rematch are now in the game and don’t need to be unlocked.

FIFA 21 is set to be released globally on October 9th, 2020. However, as you’d expect, there’s a way you can get your hands on the game a bit earlier. It’s simple, you can start playing it three days earlier if you pre-order the FIFA 21 Champions or Ultimate Edition on either PS4, Xbox One, or PC.

Here’s the freshest FIFA 21 pricing info:

  • FIFA 21 Standard Edition – $59.99
  • FIFA 21 Champions Edition – $79.99
  • FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition – $99.99

The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The switch will have the typical Legacy Edition, whereas the next-gen consoles (PS5 and XSeriesX) should have FIFA 21 available as soon as they come out.

Gameplay Alterations

There are five key factors EA sports is marketing within the gameplay changes section for the upcoming FIFA 21. They are as follows:

  1. Agile dribbling
  2. Positioning personality
  3. Creative runs
  4. Natural collision system
  5. Fundamentals of football

Agile dribbling is EA’s way of giving players more ways to be creative when on the ball. They’re advertising off the ball creativity too, although I’ll believe the latter when I see it! This mechanic is optional, though it’s enabled by default. It basically makes your player perform Agile Dribbles automatically in 1v1 situations. You can turn it off in the controller settings screen if you prefer playing without it.

Agile Dribbling by Pressing R1

The so-called Positioning Personality system is another interesting aspect that has to be addressed in our FIFA 21 news piece. By improving the depth of the AI positioning system, both defensively and offensively, and by giving players the ability to choose the direction of creative runs, EA aims to bring forth the next level of AI player personality to the virtual pitch.

Last but not least – EA claims they’ve worked hard on bringing us the most responsive and entertaining football fundamentals. We’re talking about the most basic stuff like passing, shooting, blocking and headers. On top of that, they’re promising a revamped collision system that should add an extra layer of immersion to the game.

Career Mode Changes

Career mode changes are always what interests FIFA fans the most! Even though FIFA Ultimate Team is EA’s golden goose, there are still hardcore single-player fans looking for better stuff in the upcoming versions of Manager and Player Careers.

One of the biggest FIFA 21 news related to the career mode is the interactive sim feature. We had this way back in the good old days of PlayStation 2, but the feature was eventually cut from the game. Now, it’s making its grandiose return, allowing players to jump into active sim matches and change the course of matches with a single button press. From the looks of things, the transition between sim and real gameplay will be seamless, meaning interactive sim will blend the best of both worlds, just like the good old PS2 installments.

Most other career mode changes that’ll be present in FIFA 21 are related to player development. Not only are there going to be more ways to train your players (hint, positioning training, hint), but you’ll also be able to better control and assess your players’ development through new mechanics dubbed as Match Sharpness and Active Training. On top of all that, you’ll be able to set up group training and schedule your team’s training routine. The key will be finding the best balance between stuff like match sharpness, morale, and fitness levels, meaning you won’t be able to constantly train the players you’re planning on playing for full 90 minutes on every match day.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Improvements

Our FIFA 21 news piece isn’t done just yet! We still need to talk about the biggest, most popular game mode – FIFA Ultimate Team. Year in and year out, Ultimate Team keeps dropping various new records. This year shouldn’t be any different… especially if we’re to judge based on the recently announced FUT 21 features.

The biggest announcement regarding FIFA 21 Ultimate Team changes was the arrival of co-op gameplay. Yep, you can finally play FUT with your friends, and you can finally progress together with your friends. Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that fitness won’t be a thing anymore! Yep, FUT will allow you to concentrate on actual gameplay instead of requiring you to micromanage your players and their fitness levels. I’m not sure how this will affect the economy, but knowing EA Sports, they’re bound to miss the sweet spot following the game’s release and will have to patch stuff up in the first major update. You know, the usually funny business…

Volta Football News

Last but not least – let’s talk about FIFA 21 news regarding the game mode that was released last year – Volta. The biggest thing for Volta in FIFA 21 is the fact that players will be able to play Volta online. Yep, we had to wait a year for a simple online matchmaking system. I’m not going to comment anything else, though I’m sure you understand why…


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