In a short trailer released this week, EA confirmed some of the new features coming to FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 21.
This year, one of the big new features in FUT is the new co-op mode. In Division Rivals, players can compete against each other in solos or duos, progressing through the ranks and completing co-op objectives to unlock rewards.
FUT Community Events, which let all players work together to unlock rewards, and FIFA 21’s four-player Volta Squad modes could make for some solid co-op fun.
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Another major change is the decision to remove fitness items from FUT , meaning that players will no longer feel punished for playing matches that degrade a player’s fitness level. FUT card packs will no longer be stuffed full of shiny gold squad fitness boosts and just like in the real game, player fitness is only affected by how they play in that match.
EA will also be removing “toxic” goal celebrations from FUT in FIFA 21. Celebrations such as the “shushing” celebration will be taken out, making goals scored against a player sting a little less. Goal celebrations will be shorter too, meaning players will be able to get back into the action and spend less time frowning about the scoreline.
These changes are some of what fans have been asking for. While FIFA 21, like NBA 2K21 and all other annualized sports games, are criticized for being the same each year, these aren’t small changes.
This doesn’t mean that EA cares less about wringing players dry though and FUT stadium customization, another new feature this year, sees the series take two steps back. Shown in the trailer, players will be able to decorate their stadia with banners, trophies, and pyrotechnics – all of which sound more annoying than those removed celebrations.
Try these stadium banners for size. | Source: FIFA21/EADetails haven’t been confirmed but the card-shaped options in the trailer suggest that stadium customization options will be found in card packs.
EA may be giving fans some of what they want with FIFA 21 Ultimate Team but it’s possible that it has also given players something new to complain about.