EA Sports has plenty up its sleeve when it comes to FIFA 20 next month, as they've already released Pitch Notes diving deep into the new features coming to Pro Clubs and Ultimate Team, but the latest one is all about Career Mode, one that should be a "milestone" for fans of the experience.
Press conferences, for example, are incredibly important in FIFA 20, both before and after matches. These aren't just stories to reproduce the feeling of authenticity though, as the manager can interact with and subsequently impact the morale of the team, as well as their standing as the manager, with journalists reacting differently depending on the performance of each match, like outcome, goals scored, time of the season, and more.
As a manager you can also talk to players through a messaging interface too, and there are a variety of requests to deal with, which will also affect the Player Morale System. This is affected by elements like play time, wage expectations, answers in press conferences, and replies to conversations, and high morale influences attributes in-game in a positive way. Rooftop lounge and restaurant have also been added as environments for player negotiations too.
You also have a new manager creation tool with this year's FIFA, creating a full avatar and outfit, which can be changed at any point in the season. Another first is that this manager can be female as well, and the amount of clothing and accessories ranges from formal to casual and smart-casual.
The News section of the dashboard in Career Mode is being tweaked too, with EA using actual screenshots to give relevant pieces of news, highlighting memorable moments and stories. We can also expect five unique Central menu UI themes reflecting authentic branding of the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, LaLiga Santander, and MLS, as well as the Champions League and Europa League we've seen before.
In terms of player potential, this will now change through each season, based on their performance, which not only applies to young rising stars but also older players. If you manage to have a good season with an older player, for example, it will stall the decrease in his stats, and potential can also decrease if players don't play a lot or perform badly.
With team management, there's now an option in Player Actions to add a player to the shortlist and go straight to the Transfer Hub with them, and Team Management as a whole has had a redesign to allow for easier comparison of attributes, as you can see below.
An option has been added to disable international management job offers at the start of a new career too, and EA has increased the initial Composure attribute for generated youth players, redistributing weights for player growth between physical, mental, and skill to allow for more physical growth.
There are other smaller changes listed too, like improved distribution of ethnicity between a country when generating youth players; significantly increasing the initial amounts for wage budget allocation; increasing the player value of defensive players based on the latest transfer market activity; and improving the algorithm used by AI teams to determine their starting 11. You can find more in the Pitch Notes, but it's also worth noting that the number of saves has been adjusted to eight insider Career Mode, addressing player feedback.
EA also had something to say on changes to competitions:
"Fixed multiple fixture congestion issues. The winter break roll out this season as well as the removal of the FA Cup 5th Round Replay have improved fixture congestion issues in English leagues. We've slightly altered the authentic schedule of the English Championship by pushing its completion to a later date. This ensures that schedule conflict situations between Championship rounds and European football nights aren't possible. A lot of the congestion issues reported by the community were happening with mid-week league rounds happening at the same time as European football, which, although unlikely in the real world, is a common occurrence in Career Mode."
As always, EA reiterates that this is subject to change, but for now do you like the look of Career Mode in FIFA 20?
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