FIFA 20 was one of the games under the spotlight during EA Play in LA this weekend, and a big part of the focus was the series' return to street football.
Sam Rivera, FIFA 20's lead gameplay producer, was on hand to tell us more about the key features coming in the main game. His main talking point was football intelligence, which he said involves enhancements on the ball, off the ball, and offers improved ball physics.
EA Sports wants more one-on-ones, with new moves to put the focus on skill-based battles between players in key parts of the pitch (with the focus on composed finishing, strafed dribbling, controlled tackles, and new penalties/freekicks). Rivera described the game as having a "re-architectured game flow" which should make for more intelligent teammates. We can but hope.
If you want more details on the technical changes coming in FIFA 20, you'll find more here.
The big highlight, of course, is the return to street football with Volta Football, which will let players tackle a number of different game types, including 3v3 Rush (no goalies), 4v4, 4v4 Rush, 5v5, and Professional Futsal. As part of the mode, players will be able to visit London, Amsterdam, and a rooftop in Tokyo.
Volta Football, which is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One (so, not the Switch version, which will be light on content compared to the other versions of the game once again), is skill-focused and you can expect lots of flicks and skill moves with the action taking place in tight corners. There's also going to be a big customisation element, and you can find out more about that here.
There are a bunch of modes to tell you about, including Volta Kick-Off (professional teams), Volta World (solo against community generated squads where you can recruit a player from the opposing team and build up skill and chemistry), Volta Story (a new narrative-driven experience, culminating in a tournament in Buenos Aires), and Volta League (online PvP). If you've been hankering for a return to FIFA Street, it certainly sounds like you'll be well catered for this year.
FIFA 20 is heading to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on September 27, while EA Access subscribers will be able to play the game starting on September 19.