Better manual defending, revamped shooting and a ‘Volta Football’ street and indoor five-a-side mode: FIFA 20 is on its way, and we’ve got the first details here.
Yep: goal, goal, goal. Football, football, football. No ‘soccer’ shenanigans here folks – we’re talking about the beautiful game, FIFA 20, the 2020 season’s updated footie simulator.
There’s a new FIFA game on the way from developers at EA Vancouver. With it being one of the most successful sporting game franchises of all time, and it having had an annual release since 1993, it’s as safe a bet that EA will be pulling out all the stops for a gargantuan game before the introduction of the PS5 and Xbox Two consoles.
So, with a FIFA 2020 game now certain, what can we expect from the next FIFA game? How’s Alex Hunter’s ‘Journey’ from amateur to pro going to conclude? And what changes can we expect when we play FIFA 20?
FIFA 2020 release date
Like the changing of the seasons (and the football seasons themselves), there’s an annually expected launch window for FIFA games.
For more than a decade, FIFA games have launched towards the end of September, and that’s now confirmed with the FIFA 20 release date being set for September 27.
If you’re an EA Access player however, you get a week’s early play, with the game launching on the subscription service on September 19.
The news was confirmed with a new teaser trailer, posted on Twitter. You can find it embedded below:
We have had our first look into Volta Football, and more is being revealed about the new street mode coming to the FIFA franchise. Play as your favourite club, or create your own male or female player and take to the streets around the globe.
From what we have seen so far, Volta appears to be a hybrid of The Journey and FIFA Street, with Alex Hunter’s story mode removed from the franchise this year.
The all-inclusive game mode Volta will allow players to create their own male or female star embark on a story mode. It will also appear on kick-off, allowing you to take real life pros like Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling to the cage, and play out real-life fixtures or rivalries on the streets.
Volta means ‘tempo’ in Italian, and the term has probably been used for FIFA’s new street mode given the fast-pace nature of the game in real life.
Current Fulham star & singer/songwriter Chelcee Grimes and former England international Rio Ferdinand quizzed Volta producer Jeff Antwi on the origins of Volta during the E3 stream.
Real people, real places and authenticity are just some of the reasons behind the development of Volta as street football returns fully to the FIFA franchise for the first time since 2012.
Players will also be able to play around the world and in various pitches, with street football having different rules to the Futsal game settings. A Tokyo rooftop, London cage and Amsterdam underpass are just three of the venues that have been mentioned.
The locations and inclusiveness are crucial to FIFA’s development of Volta as it aims to bring in the culture of street football, in terms of both feel and appearance.
How will Volta affect the game?
Chelcee pointed out the footwork of the players close by, to which Antwi responds “the footwork is amazing, that’s what you can do in Volta”.
This insight into the style of play and game mechanics will be important across plenty of game modes on FIFA 20 as the new strafe dribbling mechanic allows players more control, precision and agility.
As Sam Rivera (lead game play producer for the FIFA franchise) announced at E3, FIFA 20 will encourage more 1-on-1 situations, making precise dribbling crucial within the game.
FIFA 2020: Early Access? FIFA as a subscription?
EA has been toying with different sorts of distribution models for a while now, with its EA Access subscription model, and its Origin Premier service, letting players try out the firm’s top games for a monthly fee.
With the launch of FIFA 19, EA allowed gamers to play FIFA 19 nine days before the game’s general release, and we’d expect to see the same occur for FIFA 20.
What’s potentially interesting though is the possibility of FIFA becoming its own live service, with EA offering a subscription fee for the game, or elements of the game, being constantly updated rather than as an annual release. It’d let the company drip-feed updates, as well as keeping team sheets and player likenesses up to date, and remain competitive to titles like the free-to-play phenomenon Fortnite, which follows a similar model of constant updates.
To be clear, EA has not stated that this is to be the case for FIFA, but with the franchise such a powerful draw, and the idea of games-as-a-service becoming more of an industry standard, don’t be surprised if a future FIFA game takes this route.