FIFA 20: Release dates, price, new features & pre-order news

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The next instalment of most popular football video game in the world is a few months away on Xbox One, PS4, PC and more

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1. When is FIFA 20 released?
2. How much will FIFA 20 cost?
3. FIFA 20 new features
4. When can I pre-order FIFA 20?
5. What consoles will FIFA 20 be released on?
6. Will FIFA 20 be a subscription service?
7. Who will be FIFA 20 cover star?

EA Sports developers are currently busy working on the next edition of the brand's FIFA series as they look to follow up FIFA 19 with an even better football video game experience.

When it arrives this year, FIFA 20 will be the 27th instalment of the best-selling game, which first hit the shelves back in 1993 as FIFA International Soccer, and the anticipation is already building.

What will the gameplay be like? Will there be many new features? How much will it cost? These are all questions that gamers are eager to find out the answers to.

Details will be trickling out in the coming weeks and months so, in the meantime, Goal takes a look at everything we know about FIFA 20 so far.


When is FIFA 20 released?


The standard edition of the game will be available to play on September 27 , but those who pre-order the Champions or Ultimate Editions will gain early access and will be able to take to the virtual field on September 24 .

EA announced a "game changing announcement" on June 8 - the introduction of VOLTA, for which the trailer can be viewed here:

 

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How much will FIFA 20 cost?


FIFA 20 Volta

Standard Edition - £54.99

Pre-order perks:

  • Up to 3 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (1 Per Week For 3 Weeks)
  • Choose one of five mid-version ICON Items for 5 FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT Kits

Champions Edition - £69.99

Pre-order perks:

  • 3 Days Early Access (Play from September 24th)
  • Up To 12 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (1 Per Week For 12 Weeks)
  • Choose one of five mid-version ICON Items for 5 FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT Kits

Ultimate Edition: £89.99

Pre-order perks:

  • Untradeable FUT 20 Ones To Watch Player Item
  • 3 Days Early Access (Play from September 24th)
  • Up To 24 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (2 Per Week For 12 Weeks)
  • Choose one of five mid-version ICON Items for 5 FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT Kits

 

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FIFA 20 new features


Volta FIFA 20 EA Sports

EA Sports game developers are always working on ways to improve their product, so we can expect some new features in FIFA 20. In May, the gameplay team issued an update to gamers revealing what they had been working on to improve in the next iteration of the game.

Among the areas singled out for improvement is A.I. Defending , which will see renewed defending systems and include the new 'planned tackling' feature in order to remove the frustration of being let down by the computer. One-on-one scenarios will also be given an update in order to create more consistency, which essentially means improved finishing and what EA developers have described as "less 'superhuman' reactions" from goalkeepers.

There will also be changes to passing , particularly when it comes to accuracy, with likelihood of passing success dependent on body position, pressure situation and so on. As part of the gameplay improvements to passing, players will now be able to deploy 'dinked passes' and a 'driven pass-and-go' will be available too.

As we wait for more updates, we've taken a look at other potential new feature updates below.

Volta

The new Volta gameplay is essentially FIFA Street mode, enabling players to play 3v3 Rush (with no goalkeepers), 4v4, 4v4 Rush, 5v5 and Professional Futsal.

Players can compete in different sizes of arenas and environments, some without walls, including urban settings like underpasses in Amsterdam and rooftops in Tokyo.

You can customise the appearance of your avatars and change the clothing, hair and tattoos.

EA has confirmed that Volta Football mode will only be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. The Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 20 is described as a 'Legacy Edition' (the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA 19 were Legacy Editions).

Read more about Volta here.

Dynamic weather

Jurgen Klopp has been pilloried for blaming Liverpool's woes on the weather, but the German coach may have a point. Conditions such as heavy rain, snow and high winds do indeed have an effect on the game. Not only can they affect the players themselves, but the pitches they play on too - there is a reason why Chelsea considered making a complaint about Dynamo Kiev's pitch ahead of their Europa League last-16 game in March.

The FIFA series lags behind its rival Pro Evolution Soccer when it comes to the incorporation of changeable weather and it could certainly augment the reality of the game by including it in some shape or form.

Euro 2020

One of the biggest new features introduced in FIFA 19 was the incorporation of the Champions League (along with the Europa League), with EA Sports securing the rights from UEFA. Europe's premier club competition was woven into the very fabric of the game, featuring as a standalone tournament mode as well as being prominent in The Journey, Ultimate Team and Career Mode.

That is expected to continue in FIFA 20 and we could potentially see the inclusion of other UEFA competitions too, such as the European Championship, which takes place across the continent in 2020, with qualification beginning in 2019.

The FIFA video game series last featured the European Championship in FIFA 12, with a special Euro 2012 download pack. This is the approach EA Sports used for World Cup 2018 last year.

New Icons

There is also room for new Icons in FIFA 20 and we should see the introduction of more stars from years gone by. The likes of Francesco Totti, Zinedine Zidane and Andrea Pirlo are all potential additions. One retro player who is not likely to appear any time soon though is David Beckham, who has a deal with Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer.

PlayStation Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality?

The next step in video game evolution is virtual reality and the technology is already available, with PlayStation VR headsets fast becoming the must-have accessory for gamers. A number of VR games exist, but neither EA nor Konami have jumped in with their respective football game franchises.

Making a VR mode available on FIFA 20 would be a bold leap by EA Sports and it would have to provide an immersive gameplay experience of a similar or better level to that which they already offer. It may be that 2019 is too soon, but it wouldn't be at all surprising if it was confirmed as an avenue of development.

More leagues, clubs & stadiums

It's an obvious one, but FIFA 20 could potentially feature more licensed leagues and competitions, which would see a greater number of clubs in the game.

In addition, while there are already an impressive 102 stadiums in FIFA 19 , there is always room for more. If, for example, Euro 2020 was a feature, then FIFA 20 would have to include all 12 venues, many of which are not already in the game.

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When can I pre-order FIFA 20?


Following the announcement in early June that the game would be released in September, fans are now able to pre-order the game through EA's official website and associated retailers.

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What consoles will FIFA 20 be released on?


PlayStation 4

FIFA 20 will be aaXbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

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Will FIFA 20 be a subscription service?


Andrew Wilson EA CEO

At the moment, the FIFA series is not a subscription service and gamers must purchase the game either in disc form or as a download.

However, there has been plenty of talk in recent years that EA Sports could turn to such a model . EA's CEO Andrew Wilson admitted in a 2017 interview with Bloomberg that he expected the video games industry to follow in the footsteps of music and television, though he acknowledged that it may take a while to implement.

"The greatest disruptor to the consumption of entertainment media in the last five years has been the combination of streaming plus subscription," Wilson said.

"It's changed the way we watch television. It's changed the way we listen to music. It's changed the way I read books. The notion that it wouldn't impact our industry I think is naive.

"Will it take a little bit longer? Yes, for a whole bunch of reasons: file size, level of interactivity, design.

"But I do believe it will play an important part in our world in the future, the same way it does in music, movies, TV and books."

Those musings suggest that it is just a matter of when and not if FIFA will become a subscription service, similar to the likes of Spotify and Netflix. 

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Who will be FIFA 20 cover star?


FIFA 20 Volta

At present, there does not appear to be one.

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With EA Sports revealing the VOLTA addition to the latest instalment of the franchise, it would appear that the video game giant are more concentrated on the updates to their software and new features than which major star would best suit the upcoming release.

'Volta' is a Portuguese word that means 'return' with the idea that the platform are bringing the other half of the football world to the game.

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