With FIFA 20 right around the corner, the FIFA development team gave us a look into what’s new for Career Mode players in this year’s game.
New Changes to Career Mode
In a “FIFA Pitch Notes” article on the EA website, the FIFA team detailed what players can expect from Career Mode in FIFA 20. The developers stated that they wanted to bring players more diversity and choice into the game, and to bring new life to the Manager Career Mode. The team has put in storylines based off the data the mode generates, as well as the situations that your team is in. The stories will also be built “based on player progress which each player will be able to interact with and influence the morale of the team and their standing as the team’s manager,” according to the FIFA team.
The team wanted to ensure that not only does Manager Career Mode feel authentic, but also dynamic. The stories will be different each time, and this will be based off previous game scores, outcomes, the time of the season, and more.
Press Conferences and Player Conversations
Press conferences will be held before and after games, and will feature new scenes. The press conferences will be very important, as the way a player answers a question will effect a player’s morale. But this won’t be your only interaction with individuals in the game mode. Player conversations are in as well, and these conversations will also be important, as they will serve as the primary 1-on-1 interaction between coaches and players. These interactions can have major effects on your team, as how you handle these conversations can change a player’s morale.
These player conversations, just like the press conferences, will also feel authentic and dynamic, according to the FIFA developers. Managers will have deal with player requests, as well as handle disgruntled players. In order to keep their team strong and content, managers will have handle these conversations in an appropriate manner in order to solve these situations.
Player Morale and Customization
The FIFA team also touted the player morale system that is in place for FIFA 20. A variety of factors will affect a player’s morale, such as player performance, wage expectations, as well as answers to reporters in press conferences.
Manager customization has also received an upgrade, as new styles have been added, and players can now change their avatar’s look throughout the season. Another major addition to the customization is that for the first time, players can select a female character.
Other improvements to Manager Career Mode include adding live “news” screenshots, as well as League UI themes in the jersey selection screen. Dynamic player potential has also been added to Career Mode in FIFA 20. This means that if a player outperforms his current potential, it can be re-assigned and the player can be given an higher potential.
Lastly, the FIFA team also stated some of the general improvements and additions that will be coming to FIFA 20. Those changes are:
New Negotiation Environments
- Another addition aimed at diversifying our interactive negotiation scenes is the introduction of two new environments, Rooftop Lounge and Restaurant that are now part of our line-up of scenes used for player negotiations.
Spot Fixes and Balancing Changes
- Added an option in the Player Actions pop-up to add a player to the shortlist and immediately go to the Transfer Hub with the respective player.
- Redesigned Team Management layout to allow for easier player attribute comparison.
- Added an option to disable International Management job offers at the start of a new career.
- Increased the initial Composure attribute values for generated youth players and redistributed weights for player growth between physical, mental and skill attributes to allow for more physical growth.
- Improved distribution of ethnicity within a country when generating youth players.
- Significantly increased the initial amounts for wage budget allocation.
- Increased the player value of defensive players based on the latest transfer market activity.
- Fixed multiple issues with leagues that split into play-offs after the end of the regular season. League objectives are now correctly tracking the play-off instead of the regular season standings. Champions celebrations are triggered at the end of the play-offs.
- Improved the algorithm used by AI teams to determine their starting XI. Moving forward you should see far fewer instances in which the opponent isn’t using their prime starting XI in important matches.
- Re-adjusted the number of saves to 8, inside Career Mode, to address the feedback received from our players during the ’19 cycle.
- 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.
- Added the new format and schedule of the Spanish Supercup.
- Added support to round down the points in leagues that split into play-offs and halve the points such as the Austrian Bundesliga.
- Updated usage of the 4th substitute in extra time to all competitions that support this new law of the game.
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