If you are already the football game giant what do you do add to more value to your game? This is going to be a big year for all the game development companies as they work on the next-gen console releases for their games. EA Sports is preparing for the same for FIFA 21 especially with the ever so slight dip in its trending over the years.
So when is the release scheduled for?
EA always waits for the football season to end before they release the game and for the last three years all of their releases have been on the third Friday of September, putting the probable release on 25th of September 2020.
Who will make the cover this time?
With PES gaining the rights to Juventus and Konami tagging with FC Barcelona, both CR7 and Messi are out of the contest as the cover of the next-gen FIFA game. EA would also not look to repeat Eden Hazard with the dip in his fitness and form. There is a chance that Liverpool’s outstanding run in the Premier League would see Sadio Mane or Mohammed Salah, the catalyst in the run making the cover. It can also be Kylian Mbappe grabbing the cover if he has any high-profile transfer over the summer. We just have to wait and see who EA chooses.
One of the headline-grabbing with good fan reception changes done to FIFA in recent years has been the addition of Volta Football. The street football game mode, with 3v3s and 5v5s, focuses on flashy skills and elaborate passing moves with its own story of famous footballers. We would love to see the game mode again with some changes, new graphics and a maybe an expansion into the Football Ultimate Team.
Next-gen Console and Career Mode Changes
There are no official release dates for PS5 or Xbox Series X but following tentative schedules and statements by Microsoft and Sony, they will be available for purchase by the end of this year. Seven years back, FIFA 14 was the title for the release of next-gen consoles at that time and we don’t see things changing this time around.
Now about the blunder of FIFA 20 which received quite a backlash from the fanbase of EA was the Career mode. The execution of which puts EA years back in its standards. The power of next-gen consoles will allow a lot of tinkering to the game mode and we might just see a new & better version of the loved game mode.
The VAR conundrum
Nothing gets under the skin of football fans more than the topic of CR7 & Messi and the controversial VAR. Is EA capable of providing a realistic approach to VAR without disrupting the flow of the game? Well if they do experiment with it and the execution of it fails then it will be the cause of some outrage. We can only speculate.