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First look at Liverpool in FIFA 21 revealed

Published: 21/Jun/2020 17:56

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS have given players an early taste of what it is going to be like to play as Liverpool in FIFA 21, with a first look at Anfield, fan interaction, and the players.

Whether it be Jurgen Klopp, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, or Virgil van Dijk, fans of the six-time European champions will be looking forward to playing with their squad when the next game releases in October.

EA chiefs would usually be taking to the stage at E3 in June, showing off the trailer for their next flagship football title. However, this year was a little different, as their presentation was online only. Since EA Play went live, we’ve seen a whole lot of Liverpool in the next title, so let us run through what we have seen so far.

Anfield in FIFA 21

First and foremost, stadiums have looked great in FIFA for a number of years. This is mostly down to the fact that much of their interiors and exteriors are scanned in to recreate.

That said, in FIFA 21 it looks to be going to a whole other level. The two screenshots below are from outside and inside their famous stadium, located near the heart of the city.

The KOP (Outside)

Outside Liverpool's Anfield stadium in FIFA 21
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The KOP has never looked so good in FIFA games before, with the Museum, Boot Room, and Kop Bar visible.

The KOP (Inside)

The famous songs sung on Liverpool’s KOP stand will live long in the memory of many football supporters, even those on the losing side of visits to the stadium. That bellowing atmosphere looks to be coming across very authentically in the next installment of the series, with remarkable detail.

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The famous Anfield atmosphere looks like it really comes to life in EA’s next game – as realistic as we’ve ever seen it.

Liverpool players in FIFA 21

You would have possibly expected to see the Premier League champions in waiting in FIFA 21 a few months from now, when the demo version is unveiled. Yet, the EA Play event showcased not just Anfield, but a clash between the Reds and Manchester City.

Virgil van Dijk can be seen going for a header, with a number of players standing around him. Club captain Jordan Henderson isn’t far away, either.

Virgil van Dijk in FIFA 21
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Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and what appears to be the shorts of Roberto Firmino feature in this screenshot.

As time goes on and more content is rolled out ahead of the FIFA 21 release date, we expect to see even more star heads as well. The ones included here are impressive.

Liverpool in the FIFA 21 EA Play teaser

If you want to really get a well-rounded look at the Anfield side in the next game, check out the EA Play teaser trailer below.

Be warned, some Madden content features in it as well.

Based on this promotional video, there’s a good chance that a member of Liverpool’s current team may not feature on the game case this year. Last year Virgil swept the top spot, along with Eden Hazard and Zinedine Zidane, but it looks like it is Kylian Mbappe’s time to shine.

Once we know more about Liverpool and other top teams in FIFA 21, we’ll be the first to let you know. From the very little we’ve seen of the game so far, are you optimistic or disappointed? Let us know on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasts EA over FIFA 21 game face rights

Published: 23/Nov/2020 18:01

by David Purcell

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AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had the whole world talking about him due to his insane scoring run in Serie A, but has opened a new debate with FIFA 21 makers EA SPORTS over his game face rights. 

His team is sitting pretty at the top of the table in Italy’s top flight, and after scoring two goals in Milan’s 3-1 victory over Napoli on November 22, much of the talk surrounding the player was about a possible inclusion in Team of the Week 9.

That being said, if there’s one thing Zlatan does better than anybody, it’s control the conversation about him.

Ibrahimovic challenges EA over image rights

He certainly did that on November 23, as he took to Twitter to blast EA SPORTS for using his game face without “permission” – he says.

In a series of tweets, the player said: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver. And for sure I never allowed FIFA.com or Fifpro to make money using me.

“Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate,” he adds in a follow-up.

As expected, the move has sent shockwaves on the social media platform.

The Swede is accusing EA SPORTS of using his face to make money, though his club AC Milan actually signed an exclusive agreement this year to allow the developers to use accurate face scans for the entire team. The same goes for other EA Official Partner Clubs, such as Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

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AC Milan are one of many EA Official Partner clubs.

There appears to be some confusion about the situation, between player, club and developer, and this story is likely to be a developing one. Should we hear more from Zlatan or other official sources, we’ll be sure to keep this article updated.

Fans of AS Roma will know the feeling of seeing their club restrict devs from using their player likenesses and official club branding in FIFA 21. Should Ibrahimovic pursue this further from a legal standpoint, there’s a chance his likeness could also be restricted for FIFA games in the future.