FOUR KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE FIFA 21 REVEAL

By Coach Alex

With FIFA 21 set to be out on October 9, EA Sports has already begun to release some key features of the next product in the FIFA franchise. This week they’ve put out an official reveal trailer, as well as a few notes about some new features we can expect to see in FIFA 21. They are set to release some more info about the game later this month, but here are four things we’ve learned from the first reveal of FIFA 21’s features:

NUTMEGS ARE STILL PART OF THE GAME

Nutmegs are part and parcel of football, however there are no controls for executing a nutmeg on FIFA – they occur completely randomly. The problematic thing about nutmegs being a random move is the fact that you could end up losing a game because the ball randomly goes through your defender’s legs and gives your opponent a clear shot on goal – so to see a nutmeg included in the FIFA 21 reveal trailer is a bit disappointing. We don’t know the degree to which nutmegs are in the game though, so take this with a grain of salt! But considering EA decided to put a clip of one in the reveal trailer, we might have to deal with another year of RNG – but let’s hope for the best.

CO-OP MODE IN ULTIMATE TEAM

For years, the FIFA community has been clamoring for a CO-OP mode on Ultimate Team and according to the feature reveal, we’re set to get one on FIFA 21.

As far as we can tell right now, you will be able to play Squad Battles against the AI and Division Rivals with your friends. All you need to do is invite your friend while being in the main menu, then your team captain has to decide which mode and team you want to play. Your opponent’s rank will be equal to the one of your higher ranked player and if you are playing alone you can also decide whether you want to play against a team or not.

AGILE DRIBBLING

We’re not quite sure what this means, but we imagine it means more fluid movements on the ball while dribbling with the left stick.

We haven’t had a fluid dribbling system since FIFA 18, so if EA is able to replicate FIFA 18’s dribbling system with this new mechanic, then agile dribbling is something we should be very excited for, as it should allow you to make sharper turns on the ball.

CREATIVE RUNS

From the looks of it, creative runs will influence your team’s movement off the ball in a bid to make build-up play a more dynamic process, rather than the boring possession-fest it was on FIFA 20. The hope is that the creative runs mechanic will allow AI-controlled players to make more intelligent runs off the ball, allowing every match to have a unique feel and make the process of launching attacks more fun.

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