Developed by EA Vancouver and EA Romania, FIFA 20 was officially revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles back in June 2019, where fans were able to get their first look at the game. On 31 July 2019, Electronic Arts (EA) revealed a list of changes coming to this year’s iteration of the popular football simulator, FIFA 20. These changes are being implemented in one of FIFA’s most popular game modes, FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT).
FIFA Ultimate Team sees players building teams using any combination of players across all the football leagues available in the game. Players will then play against random players online in order to climb up divisions, ranging from Division 10 to Division 1. Each player begins in Division 10 and will have to win a certain number of matches in order to earn a certain number of points in each division to enter the next division. If a player does not receive the required number of points to enter the next division, they will either stay in their current division again or be relegated to a lower division.
The changes to this year’s iteration of Ultimate Team are listed below:
- FUT Friendlies: FUT Friendlies allow players to play Ultimate Team matches with their friends or specific members of the FUT community, something players were not able to do in previous FIFAs. This new game mode will include custom House Rules from FIFA 19’s Kick-Off mode, as well as 4 new ones:
- Mystery Ball: This mode will give the attacking side certain boosts to their Shooting, Passing, Speed, Dribbling or All attributes, which, according to EA, will add unpredictability to each match. These advantages will change at each stoppage in play.
- King of the Hill: Players will have to fight for possession in a randomly generated zone on the pitch in order to boost the amount the player’s next goal is worth.
- Max Chemistry: This custom House Rule will only be available in FUT, and will give all players in a team maximum individual chemistry.
- Swaps: Swaps will also be available exclusively in FUT, and three players from a person’s team will be swapped with three players from the opponent’s team.
- FUT Friendlies will include 3 main modes of play:
- Couch Play: Players will be able to match up against their friends’ squads, the Team of the Week, real-world Clubs, select community teams and many more.
- Play Online: Players will be able to play against members from the wider FUT community. Players can search for games by selecting specific House Rules and more.
- Play a Friend: Players will be able to directly challenge their friends and their Ultimate Teams either in standard mode or House Rules.
- Season Objectives: Players will be able to progress and personalize their club with different grouped and time-limited tasks which will offer different rewards upon completion.
- Squad Management: Players, according to EA, will have access to a more seamless Squad Management system as well as Squad Building Challenges with a redesigned Squad Screen. Players will now be able to access their Active Squad, the Transfer Market, and Club Content from one location
- Squad Battle Changes: Daily match caps have been removed, allowing for players to complete their weekly games more efficiently.
- Featured Squad Battle: Players will be able to rematch and replace their score each week in an attempt to gain more points and climb up the leaderboard.
Recently the cover stars for FIFA 20 were revealed. Real Madrid star Eden Hazard will grace the cover of the Standard Edition, Virgil van Dijk will be featured on the cover of the Champions Edition and football legend Zinedine Zidane will feature on the cover of the Ultimate Edition.
FIFA 20 is currently set for release worldwide on 27 September 2019.
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