FIFA 21 dev teases ‘secret clues’ for new features hidden in July trailer - Dexerto

FIFA 21 dev teases ‘secret clues’ for new features hidden in July trailer

Published: 24/Jul/2020 8:56 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 9:01

by Isaac McIntyre


Now, this is cheeky! ⁠EA SPORTS producer Gilliard Lopes has teased a handful of “hidden references” to upcoming FIFA 21 features the developers will be adding in the franchise’s next annual release; have you spotted any?

The long-awaited FIFA 21 reveal trailer dropped on July 23, and revealed Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé as the cover star. The hype video itself was pretty standard; fans were treated to a look at 2020’s annual FIFA title.

There were a few standout moments. As well as the live-action shots of EA’s new lineup of ambassadors, including Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, there was a hefty chunk of FIFA 21 gameplay.

EA also confirmed the new co-op Ultimate Team plans in the clip, and locked in Eric Cantona as the latest retired footballer to join the ever-growing FUT ICON roster from 2020 onwards.

As it turns out, however, there were a few things everyone missed. EA’s Lopes took to Twitter to tease a few ‘secret clues’ buried in the 141-second clip: “Can you spot the hidden references to some of our new features?”

There are a few things that stand out straight off the bat. One eagle-eyed FIFA fan pointed to the moment Trent Alexander-Arnold fires off a curling kick into his practice bin. The moment (around 1:38) rewinds after he misses, and he takes the shot again.

It may be a little ridiculous to get a “second-chance” feature in FIFA 21, especially when you remember how competitive Ultimate Team is. What is more likely, however, is a more nifty replay system coming in the 2020 release.

Trent Alexander-Arnold kicks a ball in the FIFA 21 reveal trailer.
Screenshot via EA SPORTS
Trent Alexander-Arnold is given a second chance to “score” in the trailer; a potential replay feature?

Gameplay-wise, a “second man in” command could be coming to the game to make attacks flow a little better. At the 0:32 mark in the trailer, Mbappe can be seen scoring at the Parc des Princes, to a monstrous cheer.

Three seconds earlier, however, you can see the moment playing out within the live FIFA 21 engine. Mauro Icardi is being controlled by the player, but a green line appears from Mbappe, who is making a run. It only appears for a second.

Mbappe follows the green line, and Icardi’s back-heel pass comes off seamlessly. Could that be a guiding system for players to control their AI teammates a little better as they’re on the attack? Only time will tell, unfortunately.

Icardi passes to Mbappe in FIFA 21.
Could this green passing line be one of the new FIFA 21 features Lopes teased?

Lopes was pretty tight-lipped about the aforementioned “secrets,” however. Thankfully we won’t have to wait long to find out. According to EA’s original reveal schedule, career mode, Volta, pro clubs, and Ultimate Team are still on the slate.

The reveals were actually all tipped to land in August too, so the fact we’ve got a bit of FIFA 21 news early is a nice surprise. Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK; there’s no telling when EA drops the next big FIFA 21 reveal.


FIFA 21 TOTW 22 LIVE: New Team of the Week cards revealed

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:00 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 18:06

by Isaac McIntyre


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 22 has been revealed by EA SPORTS, with a number of new TOTW 22 players being added to Ultimate Team. 

Fans of Everton and Borussia Dortmund will have been waiting all week to see if their Derby heroes, Richarlison and Jadon Sancho, lead the charge with upgraded cards. Of course, that expectation comes after ousting their opponents Liverpool and Schalke 04 in local clashes over the weekend. Real Madrid maestro Casemiro also looked like a shoe-in based on many people’s predictions.

Lautaro Martinez is another one fans have claimed should be in TOTW 22, after the Inter striker dismantled local title rivals Milan in yet another February grudge match. The 3–0 win, which saw Martinez score twice, put Inter in first place.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week FIFA 21 promo, including when the Team of the Week lineup go into packs, and how the confirmed team matches up against Dexerto’s weekly predictions.

Jadon Sancho missed out last week, but the young Englishman may be included in TOTW 16 instead.
Jadon Sancho may have earned his spot in TOTW 22 after demolishing Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke.

FIFA 21 TOTW 22 cards revealed

Here’s the confirmed Team of the Week 22 squad, confirmed by EA SPORTS.

When do TOTW cards go into packs?

On February 24, FIFA 21 publishers EA will release the twenty-second batch of Team of the Week cards. The TOTW 22 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

Richarlison sunk defending champs Liverpool with an 86th minute goal at Anfield.
Richarlison sunk defending champs Liverpool with an 86th-minute goal at Anfield.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 22 predictions

Let’s take a look at how Dexerto’s TOTW 22 predictions matched up this time. We’ve compiled a list of all the players we though would get IF cards this week; let’s see how many we got right.

  • Daniel Cárdenas – Levante
  • Rui Patricio – Wolves
  • Birger Meling – Nimes
  • Filip Mladenovic – Legia Warszawa
  • Dani Calvo – Elche
  • Jerry St Juste – FSV Mainz
  • Marcel Sabitzer – RB Leipzig
  • Casemiro – Real Madrid
  • Gaetano Castrovilli – Fiorentina
  • Bernardo Silva – Manchester City
  • Daichi Kamada – Frankfurt
  • Mario Gotze – PSV
  • Renato Steffen – Wolfsburg
  • Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
  • Lucas Piazon – SC Braga
  • Yusuf Erdoğan – Kasımpaşa
  • Stephy Mavididi – Montpellier
  • Dusan Tadic – Ajax
  • Harvey Barnes – Leicester City
  • Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan
  • Richarlison – Everton
  • Patson Daka – RB Salzburg
  • Alexander Isak – Real Sociedad
  • Sander Van de Streek – FC Utrecht 
Casemiro was the difference with a lone goal against Real Valladolid last Saturday.
Casemiro was the difference with a lone goal against Real Valladolid last Saturday.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 22 and the confirmed list. 

Now that we have our confirmed list of upgrades, which ones are you eyeing this time? Let us know @UltimateTeamUK.