EA sports has announced female managers and a revamped player morale system for Career Mode in FIFA 20, and beta code winners can soon test these new features.
While WWE 2K20 seems destined to be another underwhelming instalment thanks to its lack of innovation and insulting marketing of old features as new, FIFA 20 appears to finally bring the drastic improvements the footballing juggernaut has needed for god only knows how long. Not only is there the return of FIFA Street in the game, but Career Mode has been magnificently upgraded with new features such as dynamic interviews, player morale, and a more extensive character creation suite that will allow players to create female managers.
Unlike previous years where one has always been leaps and bounds better than the other, it's finally a fantastic time to be a fan of football video games as both Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 and FIFA 20 are offering more than just new kits, minute ironing of the kinks, and a player model for Scott McTominay.
The PES 2020 Career Mode looks insane with the ability to play as the infamous (to us Brits) Diego Maradona, but - in a surprising turn of events - FIFA 20 remarkably seems destined to be even better. And this is of course fantastic news for those who have understandably become jaded with the series thanks to EA having neglected Career Mode in favour of the muscle that pummels people into constantly spending their lunch money, Ultimate Team.
FIFA 20 Career Mode: Female managers, player morale, and more!
The Career Mode for FIFA has been begging for a chance to experiment and try something new, and finally EA has allowed it to become so much more than a cycle of cluttered matches with fresh and hideous football kits that make club sponsors a lot of money.
In a blog post dedicated to the revamped Career Mode for FIFA 20, EA said their "vision was to breathe new life into the Manager Career experience by ... [building] a variation of ever-changing stories that would surface to our players through pre- and post-match press conferences and player conversations".
Away from the pish-posh of the PR talk, this breath of new life is achieved through dynamic interviews where - as manager - you'll be asked a series of different questions depending on the outcome, goals scored, time of season/stage of competition, opponent and more.
As if that wasn't enough, EA has also added the ability for managers to converse with players through a WhatsApp-esque messaging interface.
"The manager will have to deal with a variety of requests from players as well as happy or disgruntled players that are trying to get their thoughts across," says EA. "The manager will have to find ways, either through direct actions or by communicating his/her stance in order to mitigate and solve these situations."
With the journalist interviews and one-on-conversations with players combined, EA has implemented a revamped morale system that is affected by playing time, wages, individual and team performances.
Unique news screenshots will also be provided as well as rebranded user interfaces for the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, La Liga, and the MLS. In addition, there will also be a restaurant and rooftop lounge for when playing hardball with negotiations.
But, although it's only exciting from a superficial perspective, one of the new features that will make most fans extremely happy is the ability to create female managers for the first time.
This is no doubt good news for females who play the game and want to create themselves, as well as those who believe the Chelsea women's manager is a better candidate for leading the blokes than Frank Lampard.
You can discover all the other minor improvements for FIFA 20 Career Mode by clicking here.
FIFA 20 beta code
Unfortunately, there's no beta for PC and Nintendo Switch gamers, but EA yesterday noted that beta codes for FIFA 20 will have now been sent out.
Provided you're one of the lucky few that received a beta code, you'll need an internet connection and an EA account to participate.
You won't be able to share your beta code with a mate or girl you're hoping to get lucky with, and you also won't be able to live stream or image capture closed beta gameplay.
As for what the closed beta will include, EA notes that everyone will have access to Kickoff, plus one of the following additional modes:
- Ultimate Team
- Pro Clubs
- Volta Football (a.k.a. FIFA Street)
The beta will be playable from August 9 - 21.
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