Why FIFA 21 multiplayer Career Mode has to be on the cards

Published: 16/Jun/2020 9:35

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS have captivated audiences at E3 and EA Play numerous times over the years, with flashy reveal trailers and gameplay overhauls, but there’s one mode that FIFA needs more than ever – connected Career Modes. 

The game publishers are expected to roll out a first-look promotional video for the latest installment of the football franchise on June 18, alongside other titles such as Star Wars: Squadrons, Need for Speed: Heat, and a few others.

While there will be a high level of interest in Ultimate Team content (the money maker and frankly, the largest mode by a mile), those who like to dabble in other areas of FIFA will be hoping to get their own bit of attention. Connected Career Mode would be a perfect fit, and it’s not completely out of the question.

How FIFA 21 Career Mode could evolve on next-gen

Jurgen Klopp FIFA 20
Having a multiplayer option in Career Mode is a simple, but much needed, change.

In recent years, we have seen the introduction of various offline features for Career, including pre-season tournaments, new tactical systems, and training options, but they’re all in the little leagues in terms of what EA could actually pull off.

Just like FIFA 14, FIFA 21 will be the bridging game as we move from current to next-gen consoles. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are going to offer a whole lot more than just boosted graphics, so it would make sense for the game developers to take their projects to places they’ve never been before.

When we say connected Career Mode, we mean multiplayer. Let’s move those offline experiences you have had with friends and make it online, where you and your friends are involved in the same save, making decisions that may impact the other, and play against them if the fixtures line up correctly.

The transfer market, for example, has been dictated by one player since Career Mode – or Manager Mode, as it was once called – began. One player decides how much strikers, defenders, midfielders, and goalkeepers are bought for. Imagine how much the market would change if, say, four friends were allowed to compete for transfers, involved in bidding wars.

Picking your club would be an even more important decision if Career Mode was multiplayer.

Online play has become the phenomenon that we see today based on competition, and rivalries. You want to beat as many people as you can on Ultimate Team for the gratification of beating real people, earning real rewards, and improving your skill level as you go.

In Career, the gameplay is stripped down to just ‘player vs. the computer’ and that’s classic FIFA, no doubt about it, but without real competition, it’s starting to get a little stale for those who have been there and done that – countless times.

EA have already proven Connected Careers can work

Madden’s Connected Career mode has been around for years.

Take the Madden ‘Connected Franchises’ model, as that’s an EA product. They have already proven that this works in-game, with thousands of players jumping into a multiplayer campaign-style experience and competing. It’s a blend of AI and your friends, essentially evolving the experience.

When Madden first added Connected Careers back in 2012, it immediately looked like something FIFA would soon incorporate – but never materialized.

As seen in the video below, game designer Josh Looman explains how the mode works. He says: “We started to kind of sit down a couple of years ago and think of what could be the ultimate career mode you could put together?

“Giving you the ability to join a league with your friends, online. Your buddy could be in LA and you could be in New York, and you can all play the same league together. Trying to combine those things and create one great mode that will be the core of Madden for the next decade.”

(Video starts below at 1:02)

Do have in mind that this video was some eight years ago.

It seems awfully strange that FIFA hasn’t followed suit and gone in a similar direction, although it does offer hope about a similar upgrade being implemented at some stage. Imagine having one friend venture out to La Liga, another in the Premier League, and you’re based in France – clashing in the Champions League.

Signing players from friends. Beating them in online matches within a Career Mode campaign. Competing for the biggest jobs in Europe. Having to fend off fierce competition for scouting. Having your players want to sign for another friend’s team and handing in a transfer request. This is all of the things connected Career Mode could give us, and should give us, so hopefully, 2020 is the year they pull the trigger.

They’ve already done it in Madden. Now, it should be FIFA’s turn.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 live: release time, TOTW leaks, predictions

Published: 2/Dec/2020 7:23

by Isaac McIntyre


The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 10, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the new upgraded team so far, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

We’ll be honest right up front; this probably won’t be the best Team of the Week we’ve ever seen, but there’ll still be plenty of hidden gems in the squad nonetheless.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Barcelona’s Antoine Greizmann, and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman look to be the standout players – with plenty of solid, if unspectacular cards, also in the running for TOTW 10.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week promo so far, including when the newest Team of the Week lineup will drop in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, possible in-form card leaks, and Dexerto’s weekly TOTW predictions.

Team of the Week 10 start time

On November 25, FIFA publishers EA SPORTS will release the tenth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 10 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.

These boosted TOTW 10 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

Iago Aspas could be one of the best FIFA 21 stars in the next Team of the Week.
Iago Aspas could be one of the best FIFA 21 stars in the next Team of the Week.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 leaks

Three weeks ago, EA SPORTS accidentally revealed a number of upgraded players early, totally by accident. In TOTW 8 and 9, they were extra careful to avoid that mistake. TOTW 10, however, appears to have had the same fate befall it.

Twelve players across the starting TOTW lineup, and the sub bench, were revealed early in FIFA 21 through the Ultimate Team Weekend League player pick packs. The next Team of the Week isn’t released until Dec. 2, but the players arrived early.

Here’s the dozen leaked players who have already been found.

Leaked TOTW 10 players

  • Lautaro Martinez
  • Iago Aspas
  • Fabian Peña
  • Ruben Aguilar
  • Florian Neuhaus
  • Wout Weghorst
  • Dani Pacheco
  • Raphinha
  • Toko Ekambi 
  • Benoît Costil
  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Benjamin Mendy

If more leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 10 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Griezmann is one of twelve FUT stars seemingly already confirmed for TOTW 10.
Griezmann is one of twelve FUT stars seemingly already confirmed for TOTW 10.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 10 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 10 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Sam Johnstone – West Bromwich Albion
  • Fernando Pacheco – Alaves
  • Angelino – RB Leipzig
  • Ruben Aguilar – AS Monaco
  • Gaetano Letizia – Benevento
  • Alessio Romangoli – AC Milan
  • Sean Morrison – Cardiff City
  • Ellyes Skhiri – FC Koln
  • Davy Klaasen – Ajax
  • Florian Nehaus – Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar
  • Miguel Veloso – Hellas Verona
  • Akihiro Ienaga – Kawasaki-F
  • Raphinha – Leeds United
  • Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City
  • Philip Zinckernagel – FK Bodø/Glimt
  • Karl Toko-Ekambi – Lyon
  • Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
  • Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Salzburg
  • Mbaye Diagne – Galatasary 
  • Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona
  • Wout Weghorst – Wolfsburg
  • Mama Samba Baldé – Dijon
Early TOTW 10 leaks seem to confirm Benjamin Mendy will be one of the IF cards this week.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 10. Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!