August has been a really productive month for FIFA 21 so far and it just got better last week with the official launch of the FIFA 21 Closed Beta. Sadly, the beta is only available for console users from the UK and USA. Thankfully, social media is here to save the day for us PC users as well as the console users who did not get a beta code.
Although EA has remained tight-lipped about beta features and news and has asked the beta users to not disclose any information to the public, there have been a few generic leaks, if not major. Hence, we bring to you the top 10 small features that many players may have missed in the trailers. Some have been advertised by EA and many went under the radar. Let’s take a look at them!
- Players Rejoicing/Frustrated After Scoring/Conceding a Late Winner:
Something about this was teased by EA in the Gameplay Pitch Notes where they wrote about more Player Emotions and better reactions to events on the pitch. And as seen in the beta, the team that conceded the winner fall to their knees or lie down on the ground, clutching their faces or even bend over or fall to the ground knees first. On the other hand, the scoring team would run to the scorer, arms out, pumping their fists in the air or just showing their happiness in the most over-the-top way possible.
Players falling onto the floor after you score a late winner pic.twitter.com/0lZt2DuGrT
— Andrew ʷ (@delstroyer_) August 17, 2020
- Stadium Atmosphere
For the first time ever in the FIFA series, stadiums will now have walk-out music and goal music. This applies only to the licensed stadiums though and a few select clubs. So far, we have seen the walk-out music event for the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, and Atlético Madrid, the last one having a beautiful tunnel sequence as well! The other side of the spectrum sees amazing goal music played when the home team scores. We can guarantee you that the Dortmund goal music will hype you up every single time!
- Youth Academy Scouts, New Countries and Name Pools
Good news for Career Mode lovers! The Youth System has seen the biggest changes when it comes to Career Mode, starting with the Youth Academy. Every club you join will already have a scout hired and around 3-4 youth players in the academy. You can then sign an additional 3 scouts for a total of 4. Also, there will be a total of 7 new countries to scout which are:
- 🇦🇱 Albania
- 🇪🇪 Estonia
- 🇱🇹 Lithuania
- 🇱🇻 Latvia
- 🇲🇩 Moldova
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine
- 🏴 Wales
Moreover, the Youth Academy Name Pool got updated and now features over 5000 first names and 8000 last names.
- Youth Academy Squad Profiles
Another great change to the Youth Academy that was discovered by the closed beta players was the overhaul of the Squad UI. You can now see the Weak Foot rating, Skill Moves ratings and Work Rates of your youth right from the academy. Not only that, but you can also even train your players using the same Development mechanics as your senior team. Train them for new positions as well as growth styles!
You can see your #FIFA21 Career Mode Youth Academy players’ skill moves, weak foot, work rates and traits BEFORE you promote them to the first team!
Finally, finally, FINALLY. pic.twitter.com/TvCHJGIHKL
— Career Mode Network (@FifaCMNetwork) August 15, 2020
- Loan-To-Buy Delegation and Settle Buy Option
EA already announced that players will be able to execute loan to buy negotiations for a player. What they left out, and we found out, was that this option can also be delegated to your assistant manager! There is also a cheeky feature called Settle Buy that appears after the loanee joins your club. The Settle Buy option will allow you to instantly execute the buy clause of that player regardless of the duration of the loan. So, technically, you could activate it just one day after the player arrives or keep it until the last week when the loan deal expires!
- Fresh Board Objectives
We have all been in the situation where we have had to deal with unrealistic targets set by the board, with often severe consequences when you fail. For FIFA 21, EA has claimed to have rejuvenated the Objectives System. Our eyes have spied some normal objectives like winning a certain number of games and some interesting ones like signing a player or players from a specific country/continent or even creating a squad of a certain average age level!
- No handballs for Outfield Players
It was mentioned in the Gameplay Pitch Notes that the Handball system has been removed to help players receive fairer treatment online. And as promised, it doesn’t feature in the game. But offline users would argue it breaks the immersion as the game is no longer realistic. Hopefully, we still see the handball rule for offline play at least. Keepers looked unchanged and will behave with full-body limits.
- Player Reactions with other Players
FIFA 21 has claimed to have improved the Player Collision System with more realistic body physics and the result is clearly visible in the game. Our highlight had to be players crashing into each other and reacting by holding the specific hit body part. Fair warning: Lots of face clutching.
— Arcade-Fut (@FutArcade) August 22, 2020
- Crowd Chants
Crowd Chants have increased in number for FIFA 21 and can now be distinctly heard in the stadium. Chants are directed at the club as well as a particular player. Crowd Chant cards have been spotted for the FUT Stadium Creator section but whether they can be experienced in Career Mode in entirety is still in the grey. Our favourite chant has to be the Wilfred Bony one. It slaps.
Swansea City Chant IN FIFA 21 ✅
— FIFA 21 News (@FIFA21BETA) August 21, 2020
10. Inter Miami CF
Now, this is a treat for all modes in FIFA 21. We have a brand-new team in MLS that has David Beckham as the owner. Inter Miami CF will be completely playable in FIFA 21 in all modes. Although not a big feature, it definitely feels forgotten or ignored at the very least. We can definitely expect some spicy Career Mode scenarios and storylines and beautiful kits and badge in FUT. So, now is the right time to get to know their squad. We can help you get started by telling you that Miami have most recently signed Blaise Matuidi from Juventus!
So that about does it for this article Think we missed out on a few other interesting features? Make sure you let us know in the comments down below or on Twitter.