EA Sports’ FIFA 20 released on September 27, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The iconic soccer game is one of the world’s most popular sports games and has captivated fans each year. With their dedication to FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) to their constant outcries due to their favorite player ratings, FIFA fans are simply amazing.
EA Sports, 2K Games, and Konami are some of the world's largest sports game developers. Every year they’re tasked with the immense challenge of implementing new and unique features — all while under a strict time frame before the new season begins.
Let’s dive into all the new features of FIFA 20!
The official release date for FIFA 20 is September 27, 2019, BUT there are many ways for players to get an early crack at the game, such as through EA Access. Much like any EA title, if you’re a subscriber to EA Access, you get three days early access to the game. Also, if you pre-order the Champions or Ultimate Edition of FIFA 20, you will also get three days early access.
EA Access is $5.99 a month or $30 a year, and it includes a 10% discount on FIFA 20. You also get to access an ample amount of EA’s biggest hits and discounts on every game they release.
FIFA 20 Standard Edition will be sold for the usual $59.99 retail price or $53.99 for EA Access members. If you opt for the FIFA 20 Champions Edition, that’ll set you back $79.99 or $71.99 for EA Access members. Hardcore FIFA fan? You can get the Ultimate Edition for $99.99 or $89.99 for EA Access members.
Similar to any EA Sports game, there will be three editions for fans to choose from: Standard, Champions, and Ultimate. A lot of the bonus items you can get as you go up in editions are centered around FUT mode within the game. So if you’re not a hardcore ultimate team player, maybe it’s best not to get the Ultimate Edition.
Pre-ordering the Standard Edition of FIFA 20 will unlock:
- Up to three FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (one per week for three weeks)
- One of five mid-version Loan ICON Items for five FUT matches
- Special Edition FUT Kits
Not a bad bundle for the Standard Edition, and yes, we will explain the ICONs a bit later.
Pre-ordering the Champions Edition will grant you:
- Three days early access so you can play starting September 24th
- Up To 12 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (one per week for 12 weeks)
- One of five mid-version Loan ICON Items for five FUT matches
- Special Edition FUT Kits
If you LOVE FUT, the Ultimate Edition is catered just for you. Pre-order the Ultimate Edition and get:
- Three days early access so you can play starting September 24th
- Up To 24 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (two per week for 12 weeks)
- Choose one of five mid-version Loan ICON Items for five FUT matches
- Special Edition FUT Kits
EA revealed the cover stars well ahead of the September release as they have typically done over the years. Newly-signed Real Madrid star Eden Hazard will be dawning the cover of the Standard Edition.
The best defender in the world, Virgil van Dijk, will be the cover star of the Champions Edition.
Later down the line, EA Sports also revealed that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will be the Ultimate Edition cover star and will also appear as one of the in-game ICONs or legends.
The one, the only, Zizou 🤩 🙌 On the cover of the #FIFA20 Ultimate Edition and in #FUT20 as an ICON 💪— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) July 30, 2019
Pre-Order the Ultimate Edition by August 5 to get a guaranteed #OTW player -> https://t.co/kNhJMf0Pmv pic.twitter.com/DNbkzNQxHT
One of the most promising modes being introduced in FIFA 20 is the “VOLTA” mode. Based on the old FIFA Street concept that was a stand-alone title back in the PS1 and original Xbox days, this new mode is essentially that but modernized. Players will have the option to play 3v3 Rush (no goalies), 4v4, 4v4 Rush, 5v5, and Professional Futsal matches that are held in lifelike stadiums across the world.
VOLTA will feature four modes for players to try out:
- 1. VOLTA STORY lets you take your avatar and face off against street football legends, build your squad, and recruit players -- all with the goal of winning the VOLTA FOOTBALL World Championship.
- 2. VOLTA TOUR pits you against community-generated squads for a chance to claim some of their star players.
- 3. VOLTA LEAGUE is vastly similar to FIFA Pro Clubs and has players compete online against other VOLTA players to earn promotions into higher divisions.
- 4. VOLTA KICK-OFF lets you hand pick some of your favorite players and take their talents to the streets.
There's enough content packed into this new mode that EA could sell it as its own game.
EA Sports is introducing an ample amount of new customization tools for Pro Clubs this year, starting with the addition of the overall player creation tool that not many people were a fan of in recent games. Besides the player name when playing a match and the generic features, the player creator tool is getting completely overhauled. Players will now be in full control of how their player looks with the new morphing tool that 2K Sports has had for multiple years. With this tool, players can morph every detail about their player's face. They will also be adding more skin colors, celebrations, and preset face selections for players to choose from.
Due to immense feedback during FIFA 19, the following positions will also be making a return in FIFA 20: Left and Right Forwards, Left and Right Wing Backs, and Left and Right Midfielders.
Along with the facial customization tools that are being added in FIFA 20, EA Sports has also added more features that change the way your player looks and the way they play during Pro Clubs. Players will now be able to take full control of their player's weight and height during player creation stages. Making your playing taller will make your player slower, and shorter players will evidently be faster.
FIFA 20 does not stop there with the added customization tools this year. EA Sports has completely revamped their skill tree and player development system. There are 30 new traits that players can equip their players with, all of which have a variety of pros and cons. You should spend an ample amount of time on this screen, as choosing one trait could cause a serious dip in another area for your player.
There are also numerous gameplay and quality of life changes coming to this year's Pro Clubs mode. There are a few changes to the broadcast system for Pro Clubs, including improved transitions during goals and highlight plays, on-screen watermarks, Pro Club banners, and logos. There's also going to be augmented match overlays during halftime and before the match. It seems like EA Sports is trying to replicate real-life soccer matches as much as possible. A minor addition that's also coming is that player celebrations are no longer restricted to one player anymore, a change that some fans will appreciate.
There are two new modes coming to Pro Clubs: House Rules Cups and Practice.
Practice is not the generic practice system that most sports game have. Players can select any player or team they want to practice against and choose how they play and more.
Want to pit yourself against a team of 60 overalls to boost your confidence?
Sure, you can do that. Or challenge yourself to a team of legendary players. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can do.
House Rules Cups is based on FIFA Kick-Off mode's, so from time to time different modes and cups will be available for players to try out.
Defending has always been FIFA’s biggest criticism over the last couple of years. No matter what difficulty you play on, it seems like the AI is always too easy.
Computer-controlled defenders will now be less efficient, meaning they will now touch the ball less than in previous games. It's also going to be much easier to control your defender. Slide tackling an opposing player for the ball is more likely to go in your favor if you control the defender rather than having the AI do so. Most times when players are playing a simple match in career mode or quick match, they often opt to not control the defense as much as it can sometimes be rather clunky. FIFA 20 is attempting to balance this issue and make it more rewarding for players to defend.
As mentioned above, FIFA 20’s main gameplay tweak is to get players to defend more with subtle gameplay changes to pace and other areas to make defending more rewarding. Off the ball and on the ball has also been tweaked. Players will get more time and space to decide what to do with the ball on their shoe. This will open up more one-on-ones during matches, which have been a concern of fans for years.
Off the ball gameplay changes will set up players more realistically than in previous games. It will almost look like the formation you set up in the loading screen rather than a clumped-up mess.
The ball’s spin is also getting a huge change in FIFA 20. EA Sports has said the spin of the ball will massively change the trajectory of the ball when it deflects off a defender or off the post for instance.
With the emphasis on more one-on-ones in FIFA 20, shooting has seen some changes yet again. Players will have more realistic accuracy when shooting. And no matter what difficulty you’re on, the goalies will no longer act like superhumans whenever you shoot.
EA Sports wants players to feel like it’s real life when you shoot the ball, and they've adjusted more shooting mechanics away from shooting directly at the goalie. Volley-crossing and volley-shooting are also being adjusted so that they're less accurate and less predictable, making them more like real-life soccer.
Don’t worry, EA Sports is making passing more realistic as well. Every pass will no longer be 100% accurate and easy to complete. The simple cross pass when you're wide open will go smoothly. But more difficult passes, such as those under high-pressure situations, are going to be much more difficult.
There are also two new pass types that players will be able to try out:
- 1. Manual "Dinked" passes, which are used to elevate the ball over a defender leg when you're trying to pass them.
- 2. Driven Pass-and-Go, which is similar to the manual combo that’s been in FIFA for years now.
Penalty Kicks and Free Kicks
EA Sports has confirmed that it will now be easier to pull off the set pieces. Players will have more control over the spin and where the ball is headed in FIFA 20.
Watch these videos from TheGuide to learn more about the new penalty kicks system and free kicks system:
One of the most unique features that was introduced during FIFA 19 was the timed finishing mechanic. For players who did not play FIFA 19, it was essentially a shot meter. So when the bar was in the green, the shot would be more accurate, which could result in a spicy goal. This feature is very similar to the way 2K Games has their shot meter for their NBA series. EA Sports has had a whole year to look over this feature and receive lots of feedback in preparation for the upcoming title.
In FIFA 19, players would need to time their shot between two to four bars of the shot meter in order to get a green rating or a well-timed shot. EA and a lot of the community thought this was a huge window of error and was too easy for most players to achieve a green rating. Now, EA has adjusted it to simply two bars, making it more difficult to get that perfect shot accuracy.
One of the biggest video game rivalries is perhaps the one between EA Sports’ FIFA and Konami’s PES. Over recent years, we’ve seen EA trounce Konami when it comes to sales, but that has not stopped Konami from clawing their way back into the fight. This year may be the most competitive year we’ve seen between the two mega corporations. With both games releasing around the same time, a lot of fans are juggling which game to purchase, and Konami may have the advantage when it comes to licensing.
Konami shocked the world when they announced that they partnered with Juventus to gain their exclusive rights for their upcoming game. This was a massive blow to FIFA 20 as EA is usually the one gaining these exclusive partnerships. Over the last few years, Konami has partnered with some of the world’s best clubs including Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Don’t worry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will appear in FIFA 20 but under the Piemonte Calcio name instead of their typical club name.
Ultimate Team has become the go-to mode for FIFA over the last few years. This year, it’s getting an ample amount of changes.
New Objective System
Team objectives have become one of the most popular ways for players to earn new and unique cards to improve their team in FIFA 19, and they’re getting tweaked in FIFA 20. In the Ultimate Team menus, you can more easily access your objectives and track your progress for each one. There’s also a new sorting system for the objectives. Players can now sort them by theme, team, or pretty much anything.
There’s a variety of seasons throughout Ultimate Team that take place during the course of FIFA 20, and there are different seasonal objectives for players to try their hand at.
Here are the objective types:
- 1. Daily Objectives are easy challenges that give a good experience boost to your team and are limited to a 24-hour time window to complete.
- 2. Weekly Objectives are a group of objectives that will reward in-game rewards and experience over the course of a week. They’re available to complete over a two-week span before they expire.
- 3. Season Objectives are much longer tasks to complete. They will have immense rewards for players and will remain available all season long.
- 4. Dynamic Objectives are a special set of challenges that will release from time to time whenever a real life event happens that warrants a challenge set.
There are also two more objective types coming to FIFA 20 that are meant to reward your play:
- 1. Foundation Objectives are tailored to new FIFA players and will reward players for learning the ropes of FIFA.
- 2. Milestone Objectives are long-term objectives that do not expire when a season ends. These are much harder to complete, and they reward players who invest time into perfecting their game.
There are numerous new ways to personalize your Ultimate Team in FIFA 20. EA Sports is introducing a wide array of options, such as club banners, crests, stadium dressings, and more. A lot of the features coming to FIFA 20 are tailored to making the most of your experience and making everything the way you want it to be, which was a massive point of criticism in previous years.
There will be a lot more customization options come release day, so no two Ultimate Teams should look alike!
There are two separate soundtracks for FIFA 20: one soundtrack is for VOLTA FOOTBALL and one soundtrack is for the rest of the game. The soundtracks feature Major Lazer, Diplo, Skepta, and more.
The best part: You can listen to both playlists below while reading the rest of this article 🙂
FIFA 20 Soundtrack:
VOLTA FOOTBALL Soundtrack:
FIFA ratings are some of the most talked-about and argued sports ratings in all of video games. Whenever FIFA announces these ratings, it always trends on Twitter.
Below is the full list of player ratings sorted by position. Note that the number to the left of each player's name is the player's overall ranking in the top 100.
6) Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid: 91
10) Marc-Andre ter Stegen | FC Barcelona: 90
19) Alisson Becker | Liverpool: 90
23) David De Gea | Manchester United: 89
27) Manuel Neuer | Bayern Munich: 88
34) Ederson | Manchester City: 88
36) Hugo Lloris | Tottenham: 88
39) Thibaut Courtois | Real Madrid: 88
40) Samir Handanovic | Inter Milan: 88
55) Keylor Navas | Paris Saint-Germain: 87
72) Wojciech Szczesny | Juventus: 86
75) Gianluigi Donnarumma | AC Milan: 85
7) Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool: 90
12) Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid: 89
14) Giorgio Chiellini | Juventus: 89
17) Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli: 89
26) Gerard Pique | FC Barcelona: 88
42) Jordi Alba | FC Barcelona: 87
46) Toby Alderweireld | Tottenham: 87
49) Aymeric Laporte | Manchester City: 87
51) Thiago Silva | Paris Saint-Germain: 87
54) Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham: 87
56) Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich: 86
61) Marquinhos | Paris Saint-Germain: 86
64) Leonardo Bonucci | Juventus: 86
66) Milan Skriniar | Inter Milan: 86
67) Samuel Umtiti | FC Barcelona: 86
74) Marcelo | Real Madrid: 85
79) Andrew Robertson | Liverpool: 85
78) Raphael Varane | Real Madrid: 85
81) Matthijs de Ligt | Juventus: 85
83) Alex Sandro | Juventus: 85
84) Niklas Sule | Bayern Munich: 85
88) David Alaba | Bayern Munich: 85
89) Dani Carvajal | Real Madrid: 85
92) Kostas Manolas | Napoli: 85
93) Jose Maria Gimenez | Atletico Madrid: 85
5) Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City: 91
9) Luka Modric | Real Madrid: 90
18) N'Golo Kante | Chelsea: 89
21) Sergio Busquets | FC Barcelona: 89
29) Toni Kroos | Real Madrid: 88
30) Christian Eriksen | Tottenham: 88
31) Paul Pogba | Manchester United: 88
33) Marco Reus | Borussia Dortmund: 88
35) David Silva | Manchester City: 88
38) Paulo Dybala | Juventus: 88
44) Fernandinho | Manchester City: 87
48) Thiago | Bayern Munich: 87
52) Casemiro | Real Madrid: 87
58) Miralem Pjanic | Juventus: 86
63) Marco Verratti | Paris Saint-Germain: 86
65) Ivan Rakitic | FC Barcelona: 86
68) Thomas Muller | Bayern Munich: 86
71) Isco | Real Madrid: 86
73) Daniel Parejo | Valencia CF: 86
77) Frenkie de Jong | FC Barcelona: 85
76) James Rodriguez | Real Madrid: 85
82) Fabinho | Liverpool: 85
85) Alejandro Gomez | Atalanta: 85
87) Blaise Matuidi | Juventus: 85
80) Axel Witsel | Borussia Dortmund: 85
91) Koke | Atletico Madrid: 85
94) Sergej Milinkovic-Savic | Lazio: 85
95) Rodri | Manchester City: 85
96) Allan | Napoli: 85
97) Hakim Ziyech | Ajax: 85
98) Saul | Atletico Madrid: 85
99) Bruno Fernandes | Sporting CP: 85
1) Lionel Messi | FC Barcelona: 94
2) Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus: 93
3) Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain: 92
4) Eden Hazard | Real Madrid: 91
8) Mohamed Salah | Liverpool: 90
11) Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain: 89
13) Sergio Aguero | Manchester City: 89
15) Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich: 89
16) Harry Kane | Tottenham: 89
20) Antoine Griezmann | FC Barcelona: 90
22) Luis Suarez | FC Barcelona: 89
24) Raheem Sterling | Manchester City: 88
25) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal: 88
28) Sadio Mane | Liverpool: 88
32) Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain: 88
41) Karim Benzema | Real Madrid: 87
45) Heung-min Son | Tottenham: 87
47) Bernardo Silva | Manchester City: 87
50) Dries Mertens | Napoli: 87
53) Lorenzo Insigne | Napoli: 87
57) Leroy Sane | Manchester City: 86
59) Angel Di Maria | Paris Saint-Germain: 86
60) Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal: 86
62) Roberto Firmino | Liverpool: 86
69) Philippe Coutinho | Bayern Munich: 86
70) Ciro Immobile | Lazio: 86
86) Romelu Lukaku | Inter Milan: 85
90) Mauro Icardi | Paris Saint-Germain: 85
100) Zlatan Ibrahimovic | LA Galaxy: 85
FIFA 20 ICONS were originally introduced during FIFA 16 when they were called Legends during that time. These are retired players who are some of the best players in the world. They have a unique background to their card, and of course, are exclusive to Ultimate Team. ICONS are some of the most sought after cards every year as there are only so many.
ICONS have three different stages to them: baby, mid, and prime. All stages are at different points of a player’s career and all have different ratings to them. The prime rating is the one that every player wants to unwrap in a pack as it’s the best rating they can get for that player's card.
Here’s the full list of all confirmed ICONS:
- Zinedin Zidane (91 / 96 / 94) – France
- Didier Drogba (87 / 91 / 89) – Côte d’Ivoire
- Ronald Koeman (88 / 91 / 85) – Holland
- Ian Wright (85 / 89 / 87) – England
- Andrea Pirlo (90 / 92 / 88) – Italy
- Carlos Alberto (90 / 93 / 87) – Brazil
- Ian Rush (87 / 91 / 89) – Wales
- Kenny Dalglish (87 / 92 / 90) – Scotland
- John Barnes (89 / 87 / 86) – England
- Hugo Sánchez (89 / 92 / 87) – Mexico
- Pep Guardiola (90 / 87 / 85) – Spain
- Gianluca Zambrotta (89 / 86 / 87) – Italy
- Michael Essien (85 / 90 / 87) – Ghana
- Garrincha (94 / 90 / 92) – Brazil
- Roberto Baggio – Italy
- Michael Ballack – Germany
- Franco Baresi – Italy
- Dennis Bergkamp – Holland
- George Best – England
- Laurent Blanc – France
- Sol Campbell – England
- Carlos Puyol – Spain
- Hernán Crespo – Argentina
- Johan Cruyff – Holland
- Deco – Portugal
- Alessandro Del Piero – Italy
- Raúl – Spain
- Frank Rijkaard – Holland
- Marcel Desailly – France
- Emilio Butragueño – Spain
- Eusébio – Portugal
- Rio Ferdinand – England
- Fernando Hierro – Spain
- Gennaro Gattuso – Italy
- Steven Gerrard – England
- Ryan Giggs – Wales
- Ruud Gullit – Holland
- Gheorghe Hagi – Romania
- Thierry Henry – France
- Luis Hernández – Mexico
- Rovaldo – Brazil
- Roberto Carlos – Brazil
- Filippo Inzaghi – Italy
- Roy Keane – Ireland
- Miroslav Klose – Germany
- Patrick Kluivert – Holland
- Frank Lampard – England
- Henrik Larsson – Sweden
- Michael Laudrup – Denmark
- Jens Lehmann – Germany
- Gary Lineker – England
- Jari Litmanen – Finland
- Luís Figo – Portugal
- Claude Makélélé – France
- Paolo Maldini – Italy
- Ronaldinho – Brazil
- Ronaldo – Brazil
- Diego Maradona – Argentina
- Lothar Matthäus – Germany
- Bobby Moore – England
- Hidetoshi Nakata – Japan
- Pavel Nedvěd – Czech Republic
- Alessandro Nesta – Portugal
- Jay-Jay Okocha – Nigeria
- Marc Overmars – Portugal
- Michael Owen – England
- Pelé – Brazil
- Emmanuel Petit – France
- Robert Pires – France
- Rui Costa – Portugal
- Peter Schmeichel – Denmark
- Paul Scholes – England
- Clarence Seedorf – Holland
- Alan Shearer – England
- Andriy Shevchenko – Ukraine
- Sócrates – Brazil
- Hristo Stoichkov – Bulgaria
- David Trezeguet – France
- Marco Van Basten – Holland
- Ruud van Nistelrooy – Holland
- Juan Sebastián Verón – Argentina
- Patrick Vieira – France
- Christian Vieri – Italy
- Lev Yashin – Russia
- Javier Zanetti – Argentina
- Gianfranco Zola – Italy
With so many new and exciting features coming to FIFA 20, will you be checking it out? And what’s your favorite game mode?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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This article was written by Nick Farrell, an experienced esports writer who aims to provide insightful yet proactive articles daily.