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EA SPORTS finally address FIFA 21 “scripting and handicap” concerns

Published: 5/Aug/2020 23:08 Updated: 5/Aug/2020 23:11

by Bill Cooney


Usually unwilling to discuss the topic, EA SPORTS took the surprising step of addressing players’ worries about there being ‘scripting’, ‘handicap’, and ‘momentum’ in FIFA 21.

The idea of scripting and momentum in FIFA is something of an urban myth that’s been tossed around the community for years. The basic concept is that behind the scenes, the game tries to create more dramatic moments by helping out the losing team or making things harder for the team that has the lead.

Some think this rumor is just a coping mechanism for players to deal with those matches where the other team comes back and wins in the last moment, but a many seem to be convinced something is going on.

This was one of the things that EA SPORTS were asked about during their August 5 Q&A Twitter session, and they’ve come flat out and said that FIFA 21 won’t have mechanics like scripting, moment, and handicap because no FIFA game has ever had them, regardless of what the community thinks.

“We build a football simulation game by impending the different concepts of football. These concepts include an error system and a physics system which bring variety and authenticity to the game,” EA explained on Twitter. “When recreating the details of football, all real-life outcomes are possible.”

They went on to admit that along with this comes certain situations when the game can feel random and “outside of user control” but assured us that they were actively focusing on this in FIFA 21.

“From a gameplay design perspective, there is absolutely no need to implement systems to influence the outcome of the game artificially,” they said. “Since all the above mentioned already creates a football-like experience for our players.”

Of course, the news here isn’t that FIFA 21 won’t have scripting, because it’s not as if EA would ever admit if it does. However, the fact that they went as far as to address it, despite the years of shunning the subject and turning a deaf ear to complaints, can be seen as a positive step forward for the developers.

That said, it’s hard to imagine their comments convincing anyone, especially the longer, more veteran players who have had to deal with the franchise’s randomness for years.

FIFA 21, like every other game in the series, will have its fair share of randomness, and there will still be those who consider that a way to balance things out between players and teams.

In other news, EA also revealed the first proper gameplay trailer for FIFA 21 on August 5, giving us more of a look at what we can expect from the latest installment in the series.

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest news, updates, leaks, announcements, and more.


How to complete FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups SBC Week 4: solutions, cost

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:43

by Connor Bennett


Marquee Matchups are back once again in FIFA 21, with two of Europe’s biggest derbies taking centre stage – Barcelona vs Real Madrid and Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund. 

Ever since the Marquee Matchups SBCs were added to FIFA, they’ve typically focused on the biggest games of the weeks. Though, sometimes like in Week 3, you’ve got to look elsewhere. 

After many clubs across the globe let their players depart for international duty, and the Marquee Matchups focused on four European matchups, club action is back for Week 4 – with the focus on some interesting clashes.

These include the first El Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as the first Revierderby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. So, let’s get right into it. 

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

First off, the standout game from this round of Marquee Matchups is undoubtedly the Clasico but don’t worry, you won’t need to give up a Messi, Benzema, Hazard, or Ansu Fati to complete this SBC.

No, instead, you just need a player from either club, as well as some others from La Liga to get you to a squad rating of 75. According to FUTBin, this part of the SBC group will cost between 4,000 and 8,000 coins. 

  • Min #1 player from Barcelona or Real Madrid
  • Min #2 players from La Liga Santander 
  • Max 3 leagues
  • Min 75 Squad Rating 
  • Min 85 Team Chemistry

Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund

Moving on and sticking with the other derby – Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. Again, for this SBC, you’ll need a player from either side.

You’ll also need to use players from at least four different clubs while also achieving a Team Chemistry of at least 80. Again, it’s not too expensive, and should set you back between 5,000 and 9,000 coins if you need to start from scratch.

  • Min #1 player from Schalke or Dortmund
  • Min #4 different clubs
  • Max 3 in same league count
  • Min 75 Squad Rating 
  • Min 80 Team Chemistry

Southampton vs Everton

Aside from those two games, there is also an SBC for the matchup between Everton and Southampton – seeing as the Blues are, as of writing, topping the Premier League table. 

You don’t need players from either side, however, for this one – just players from the Premier League and one other league. Yet, you are limited to a maximum of six players from the same club.

Again, it won’t cost all that much. According to FUTBin estimates, it’ll set you back between 5,000 and 8,000 coins if you need to build the whole thing from scratch.

  • Min #2 players from La Liga Santander 
  • Min #2 leagues
  • Max 6 in players from same club
  • Min 74 Squad Rating 
  • Min 75 Team Chemistry

Galatasary vs Trabzonspor

Last but not least, the final game in this SBC group is a matchup between two Turkish sides – Galatasary and Trabzonspor. For this, you’ll need at least one Turkish player, but he doesn’t have to play for either team.

In addition to one Turkish player, you’ll also need at least eight silver players and a minimum of 75 when it comes to Team Chemistry. Like the other three, its pretty cheap, as FUTBin suggests it’ll cost between 5,000 and 9,000 coins.

  • Min #1 player from Turkey
  • Min #8 Silver players
  • Max 5 nations
  • Min 2 rares
  • Min 75 Team Chemistry

All in all, its another set of Marquee Matchups that aren’t incredibly difficult or expensive to complete, and have some nice rewards in store.

If you manage to grab anything nice from your packs, be sure to let us know by tweeting us @UltimateTeamUK.