EA continues providing plenty of details for current-gen FIFA 21. Today, they revealed their career mode trailer and a new Pitch Notes article, diving into their new interactive match sim, player development, active training, schedule planning, overhauled position AI, new transfer options and much more.
INTERACTIVE MATCH SIM
A whole new way to play out your season. Jump in and out of gameplay during matches to control the outcome of the match, change the course of a game by controlling key moments like penalties and free kicks, and make changes directly from the sim as you monitor your players’ performance levels and the match stats.
Enjoy more control over your players’ growth in FIFA 21. New position training lets you turn marauding right backs into right wingers, goal-scoring midfielders into false 9s, and more, while new development plans let you focus your squad’s development in the areas you want to match your team’s style of play.
MATCH SHARPNESS AND ACTIVE TRAINING
Get more insight into your squad’s performance levels with match sharpness, a new attribute that indicates how likely your players are to perform in the most crucial moments during the course of a game. Increase sharpness with a new Active Training System that gives you the ability to set up group training sessions to improve the likelihood of your strikers putting big chances away, or of defenders making the key tackles that make the difference between winning and losing.
Plan your team’s training schedule with a new activity management system. Decide when to train and when to rest during the week as you balance your players’ sharpness with morale and fitness to keep your team firing on all cylinders.
OVERHAULED OPPOSITION AI
Enhanced opposition AI sees opponents approach games with more intelligence in both defence and attack. New systems create more informed AI decision-making in marking, tackling, passing and dribbling to present you with more challenges during each match, keeping your Career fresh from game to game.
NEW TRANSFER OPTIONS
Enhanced transfer realism provides both human and AI-controlled teams with new ways to sign players. Make Loan to Buy offers with future transfer fees to secure new talent for your team, and respond to AI manager-initiated player swap proposals as you look to bolster your squad each transfer window.
The article covers a lot with plenty of example gifs of gameplay, so make sure to give it a read. Also of note, the @EAFIFADirect Twitter account answered many questions throughout the day, so make sure to check the feed.
EA Access members can get a head start on the season by jumping into the FIFA 21 early access trial starting October 1. During this time, members will also have the opportunity to participate in pre-launch challenges to unlock exclusive bonuses.
Similar to the free upgrade for Madden NFL 21, fans of FIFA 21 can also upgrade FIFA 21 from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X, through Dual Entitlement.