EA Sports is in the game and they are back at E3 this year with FIFA 20! FIFA 20 will have new some great new features as well as a new mode called VOLTA Football. So let’s get to that first.
VOLTA Football looks to take FIFA to the street. They wanted to bring authenticity and culture to the mode. A lot of the tricks you see in the street is something you can do in the game. You can play with or against real players. There are some maps announced such as the London Cage and a Rooftop in Tokyo. In VOLTA, you can have options such as 3v3, 4v4, 5v5, goalie or no goalie or even use the wall like a teammate.
Customization is key as you can create male or female characters, different style of clothing so you can make a style that does (or does not) match your skill. Since male and female characters can be created, they can also play together as gameplay is intergender.
Check out the trailer for VOLTA below:
As for the new features, they revealed that they listened to over 3,000 players for feedback.
Football Intelligence is something they are improving on. This includes on the ball, off the ball, and the ball itself.
For on the ball, they focused on attack and defense. One of the things they improved upon is Composed Finishing. This allows for consistent shooting by going 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper.
Another feature is Strafe Dribbling. This gives you more precise control precise while. You can lure players in and use agility and skill to beat that player.
New control tackling has also been tweaked for the defensive side of the ball. This improves the tackling ability to win possession back more often.
Penalty kicks and free kicks also received a bit of a tweak in the sense that the aiming mechanics are different and more accessible but skill will still matter. Free kicks give you full control to spin to ball with spins such as side spin, top spin, no spin or a combo. All of the spins can be performed by flicking the right stick.
Time and space were also discussed. This was described as game flow redesigned to create more 1 on 1 interactions that will test a user’s skill. User skill will make a difference in these 1 on 1 scenarios. They also reduced AI defense support from teammates. Teammates will now spread out more authentically to give you a better experience that you would normally see in a real football game.
As for the ball, they have improved the physics quite a bit: They have rewritten how the ball behaves on every single interaction. Realistic deflections and bounces are now possible which makes the experience feel fresh. Some shots can change trajectory based on how the ball is hit. This will provide a more realistic feel when playing a match.
Community feedback changes were also discussed. Pace was a bit topic that they received a lot of feedback on. Player physical attributes will be more important (such as Strength). Chain skills will also resort in a more realistic outcome.
FIFA 20 is set to launch on September 27. EA Access members can get their hands on that game early on September 19. This is also true for PlayStation 4 owners since EA Access is now available on the system!