Despite the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, EA Sports still plan to release their newest edition of the FIFA franchise…FIFA 21.
The football videogame is expected to be out same period next gen consoles “PlayStation 5” and “Xbox Series X” hit the market; with hopes of the game being better on the new consoles. Expect better graphics and game engine on FIFA 21. Normally each FIFA edition is always available to buy on September 25th. Early access usually granted to those who pre-order the game.
Game developers under pressure every year to produce a FIFA edition “better than” the previous one, new additions and upgrade to existing gameplay features. Gamers consulted and their opinions taken into consideration. One common request is “weather malleability”….a more realistic atmosphere. Another is reactive crowd noise. “Booing of players” especially when a former player returns home while playing for a rival club. VAR may be included in the FIFA 21 edition, making the gameplay more similar to real-life action though AI is already present. Motion capture technology also used to simulate player attributes like running, passing, shooting and so on. Most footballers in top leagues have incredible likenesses. FIFA gamers want better user experience, ability to customize club kits and improved Career Mode.
Nevertheless, a major setback for EA Sports will still be the acquisition of Serie A giants Juventus’ by brand rivals Pro Evolution Soccer. FIFA 20 having no choice but to rename Juventus as “Piemonte Calcio”, Argentina top clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate also unavailable as well as license of some international teams including Brazil.
EA Sports can make up for the losses somehow by adding more officially licensed competitions. More venues in FIFA street football (Volta), extras on FUT and FIFA legend icons also on board. A tournament mode similar to “Road to World Cup” games would be a welcomed addition.
Cover stars of FIFA 21 will be identified towards the end or after the current football season, Tottenham’s Son Heung Min is a top fans favorite considering the last vote. Previous cover stars (FIFA 20) were Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.
Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba, Neymar, Paulo Dybala, Kevin Debruyne, Antoine Griezmann are also featured cover stars on the videogame. Since Konami’s exclusive rights deal with Barcelona and Juventus, Football biggest stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will not be FIFA cover stars for the next few years.
Am tipping Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz and Trent Arnold to be included as new “cover stars” list for FIFA 21.