FIFA 20 is almost here and the world is waiting with bated breath to see what EA’s premier football game outside of Madden has to offer. If you’re one of the many detractors of the series, then you’ll probably have an answer prepared for that question and it will be something along the lines of “same stuff as last year?”
And, normally, you would be right. After all, if it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it, correct? Outside of roster updates and new stats here and there, what incentive does EA have to radically change FIFA from year near to the next. Let’s not forget how much money these games tend to make, either. Basically, Madden and FIFA print money for EA which gives the company even more of an incentive to not change. It’s a solid business plan by any stretch.
What it does, however, is give people the mistaken impression that the series is not innovating or, worse, incapable of doing so. That’s probably not fair but, like we outlined, we can see why things go that way with sports games that are, by nature, iterative.
How much innovation can you make in a game that has to come out every year? Even if you didn’t have a huge financial pressure to not rock the boat, programmers aren’t going to really be able to push out bleeding-edge concepts in that quick of a turnaround. Modern game development just doesn’t work that way.
FIFA 20, though, should be different from previous games in pretty big ways and here’s how: Street football, a robust career mode, and a really flexible Ultimate Team mode.
What these updates share in common is a relaxation of player choice and giving gamers the freedom to play FIFA the way they want to play it. Take Street Football, for example, a mode that is often requested but rather neglected by devs – until now. A relatively simple mode to implement, EA’s inclusion of it in the new FIFA shows a willingness on the part of the company to incorporate fan feedback as well as new concepts into core gameplay. FIFA is a somewhat staid franchise and the street football vibe might not go well with that license but the fact that fans want it really is all that should matter here.
On top of this, the career mode is way more involved and nearly RPG like. This is another area where longtime FIFA players have focused some of their requests and pent-up desires. Though it is a gameplay mode found in many sports games, they are typically of varying quality and depth. FIFA 20 promises to give you one of the best simulations of a footballer’s career yet and gamers can’t wait.
And lastly, the flexible Ultimate Team Mode is another huge request from fans. This should give budding team managers the opportunity to try to assemble their dream squad. Naturally, all of this comes with the series’ trademark multiplayer modes both online and offline.