New features, new excitement

Danial Norjidi

FIFA 20, the latest edition of EA Sports’ hugely popular annual football videogame franchise, will bring with it a host of new features and modes when it launches worldwide next month.

One of the key features for this year’s iteration of the series is the introduction of Volta Football, which lets players experience small-sided street football.

As EA described in their pitch notes, “What you’ll discover with Volta Football is a simulation experience that is free-flowing, skillful, fun, and competitive, providing unique ways to attack your opponent while at the same time being extremely easy to pick up and play. Imagine a wall pass to yourself where the wall becomes your teammate and with the simple press of a pass button you’re sliding past the opposition for an opportunity on goal. Or a simple flick up and over your opponent’s head to create space on goal.”

Volta features three match types: Rush Keepers, a 3v3 or 4v4 street mode played without goalkeepers and with small goals; Street with Keepers, a 4v4 or 5v5 street mode with goalkeepers and Futsal-sized goals; and Futsal, a 5-a-side experience with more authentic rules, referees and more structured type of play.

On top of the different match types, Volta offers customisable environments and different pitch sizes, as well as unique rule options.

Build your player, pick your gear, and express your style on the streets. PHOTO: EA

In terms of gameplay, Volta has a wide variety of new mechanics and details, with the main aspects being emphasised on “flair, free-flowing movement and authentic street behaviours”. These include movement and dynamics, custom ball physics, wall interactions and passes, a new shooting system, street skills, flair showcase, authentic behaviour.

EA has also shared that Volta features a story mode centred around a player-created avatar as the main protagonist, and a narrative that sees players enter matches with various opponents ranging from street football legends to diverse and unique players based on community generated avatars and squads, to professional footballers.

While Volta and the other new additions will be available on the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One and PC Windows versions of the game, Eurogamer reported that the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 20 has been referred to as a ‘Legacy’ version.

In an interview with Eurogamer, when asked on the Switch version of the game, FIFA 20 executive producer Aaron McHardy said, “You’re gonna get a fresh new look in Switch, with kits and player lists and all of that.”

“But you’re not going to be getting Volta or any of the big new features,” he added.

The FIFA franchise has a huge following around the world, including in Brunei Darussalam, where each annual release is known to be one of the most sought after each year.

Local eSports event management company Game On has hosted a number of FIFA tournaments, with the first in 2016.

Speaking on what the release of FIFA 20 will likely mean for tournaments in Brunei, Game On Founder Amar Agus Din said, “It will create a lot more opportunities for future tournaments, because it will feature additional match types in Volta such as 3v3, 4v4 and 5v5. It will allow for more diversity in the matches at tournaments.”

“FIFA is one of the highest in-demand games in Brunei,” he said, adding that tournaments they’ve held in the country have seen high participation of as high as more than 100 players.

Meanwhile, an avid FIFA player in Brunei, Hadi, shared his thoughts and impressions on what has been shown of FIFA 20 so far.

“Visually it’s very impressive. FIFA 20 looks good graphically,” he said. “I’m also excited to see the new features.”

“It’s great to see the return of ‘FIFA Street’,” he continued, noting that the last time the FIFA series ventured into street football was in 2012.

“I’ll most likely be getting the FIFA 20 on PS4 for the game’s added features, as the Nintendo Switch is only getting a Legacy edition,” he shared. “However, I would maybe still get it on the Switch for the portability.”

FIFA 20 releases worldwide on September 27.