FIFA 20: Analysing Latest Trailer and Career Mode Features

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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FIFA 20 is just around the corner, and EA Sports has been teasing more information on its latest offering with another trailer.

While previous trailers have focused on new gameplay features or the introduction of the Volta mode, the latest video centres on player ratings:

The stylish live-action trailer opens with former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Brazil playmaker Kaka—one of the Icons available in Ultimate Team mode this year—entering a football memorabilia shop and taking a lift down to a hidden underground bunker.

Along with fellow Icon and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, Kaka observes United midfielder Jesse Lingard, Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix undergoing tests to earn their ratings for the upcoming game from a control room.

Lingard aces a volleying exercise, and eagle-eyed viewers will spot the Englishman being rewarded with an overall rating of 82.

The highlight of his card is a dribbling attribute of 83, while he also has 80 pace and 78 shooting.

After a sprint reveals Sterling will boast an electric 93 pace—made up of 91 sprint speed and 96 acceleration—the City man secures an overall rating of 88 with a gravity-defying scissor kick. His blink-and-you'll-miss-it card reveals he'll also have 89 dribbling and 79 shooting.

A dribbling test for Felix sees him earn a five-star skill rating. He'll have an 80 rating overall on FIFA 20, with 82 pace, 81 dribbling and 80 shooting.

Vinicius Jr.'s overall rating, 79, can also be spied on a screen in the control room, while eight Ones to Watch are displayed for a split-second before the end of the trailer, including Felix.

The others are:

  • Sebastien Haller, West Ham United, 83
  • Eden Hazard, Real Madrid, 91
  • Luka Jovic, Real Madrid, 83
  • Thorgan Hazard, Borussia Dortmund, 82
  • Joelinton, Newcastle United, 78
  • Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal, 83
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester United, 79


Those ratings will not only be of interest to FUT players, but also those who delve into the Career Mode.

Among the changes made this year is the addition of Dynamic Player Potential:

With Dynamic Player Potential, giving meaningful game time and eking consistently strong performances out of younger players will raise their ceiling, while doing the same for older players will slow their decline as they age.

Likewise, leaving a player on the bench or struggling with them on the pitch will impact their potential negatively.

Managers will also have greater control over player performances with a more in-depth Player Morale System.

You'll be able to boost morale not only through game time or offering pay increases, but also through the addition of one-on-one chats with players and your answers in more complex press conferences.

Having a high morale will boost a player's attributes, so there's added incentive to keep your squad happy.

Press conferences will also give you the opportunity to see your custom manager in action. Rather than choose from a small group of pre-set options as before, managers—who can now be male or female—are much more customisable with hair and clothing options introduced.

The Standard edition of FIFA 20 comes out on September 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


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