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FIFA 21 Co-Op Ultimate Team details revealed | How it works

by David Purcell

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FIFA 21 Co-Op Ultimate Team is one of the most highly anticipated features in the new game, and EA SPORTS are set to reveal new information on how it works during their FUT 21 reveal trailer. 

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players have been eagerly waiting to hear more about this addition. Co-operative play has been available in online Seasons now for consecutive titles, although the idea of bringing two friends together in their most popular game mode seems interesting.

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Creating Ultimate Teams can be tough with just one player, never mind if two players are at the wheel. It should be interesting to see how this one plays out. One thing is for sure, though, people can't wait to try it.

On August 10, the devs are set to explain how it will work in-game.

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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Online Co-Op revealed

Haaland in FIFA 21
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Soon you and a friend will be able to play Ultimate Team together.

EA SPORTS have confirmed that there will not only be new ways to play Ultimate Team, but more customization too.

In a website statement, the developers said: "FUT Co-Op lets you team up with a friend and compete for rewards. Join forces in both Division Rivals and Squad Battles to earn weekly progress, and work towards brand new Co-Op Objectives that reward playing together beyond winning on the pitch."

This means Club Owners won't have to play individually in the mode. Instead, the option of earning collective Division Rivals and Squad Battles rewards is now on the table.

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They also said: "Make your FUT Club truly unique with a range of new and expanded ways to customize your team’s look both on the pitch and in the stands." What that means, at the time of writing, remains to be seen.

FIFA 21 Co-Op pitch notes reveal

Aside from that basic info, EA also confirmed a shed load of new details using their FIFA 21 Ultimate Team pitch notes. Details on the new mode and what to expect can be found below.

Co-Op Ultimate Team in FIFA 21
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FIFA 21 delivers new Co-Op Ultimate Team, and here's how the menus look.

Co-Op Squad Battles & Division Rivals

EA SPORTS have revealed an official statement on how Co-Op will work in Ultimate Team for FIFA 21. Here, they revealed details on how the mode will work and what to expect when you drop in.

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"In Squad Battles we’ve had a limit to the number of games that you could play that counted towards your weekly score, referred to throughout this section as a scored match. In FUT 21 we’ll also be bringing a similar cap to Division Rivals," it reads.

"When opting to play Co-Op in Squad Battles and Division Rivals both players will use one of their scored weekly matches. Based on the result of the game each participant will earn their weekly score and coins for the match using the regular in-game calculations. With each game counting towards your number of scored matches, playing well together will be an important factor for both of your success."

If a player runs out of games that count towards their weekly score, this means neither will continue to rack up a score. Though, you can carry on playing for coins and skill rating with your Co-Op buddy. This means working towards objectives and Weekend League Qualification can still be achieved.

FIFA 21 screenshot
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Play with friends with an all-new Co-Op mode for FIFA 21.

You will be made aware of this with in-game alerts. If you're out of matches, this will let you know.

In the case of Division Rivals, here's how matchmaking will work: "For Division Rivals specifically, matchmaking will be done using the highest Skill Rating of the duo. So if the host is in Division 9 and the guest is in Division 5, players will be matched at the higher Skill Rating of Division 5 using our existing matchmaking for Division Rivals.

"For those who are wondering how this will impact your Skill Ranking as a lower-ranked player who’s winning in Co-Op with their friend, your progression in Rivals will be similar to if you were playing games against players at your own level. So while you’ll still rise, Co-Op will not serve as a major accelerator to your ranking."

There will also be a toggle that allows players to choose if they want to play a mix of solo players or Co-Op groups, which is an interesting feature.

Game invites however, will not be supported in Co-Op, so your team won't be able to match up against another pair of friends who are on the same team. This is a bit disappointing, but you never know, this might be a feature EA is saving for FIFA 22.

Now that the reveal has been and gone, all eyes turn to EA Access which will be released on October 1. More details on that here.