The version of FIFA 21 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series XS will be released on December 4 , and we already know what its starting eleven will be, after having attended a virtual presentation. From the hand of Sam Rivera, gameplay producer, and Aaron McHardy, executive producer, we were able to know what new features FIFA 21 will include on PS5 and Xbox Series X compared to the previous generation and what elements will remain more or less the same
It should be remembered that whoever already purchased the game for PS4 or Xbox One can upgrade to the new generation version for free. Considering that this is not a mere conversion that increases the resolution or the refresh rate, this policy of Electronic Arts is appreciated, which will also apply to Madden NFL 21.
Broadly speaking, FIFA 21 “next gen” will have signings in four positions: in how it looks, in the movement, in the sensations and in the game itself. The modes will be the same as we saw in the previous generation, but, in the absence of testing the product, the truth is that we have been convinced by the additions that EA Sports has made.
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Footballers and stadiums with muscle
To begin with, FIFA 21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X has improved the recreation of footballers, something that was illustrated with images of Kylian Mbappé, Joao Félix, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Paul Pogba and Leo Messi. In fact, in the case of the Barça player, they gave us a comparison between the PS4-One model and the PS5-Series model, and the difference is abysmal.
The reason is to be found in a new lighting system that allows you to recreate your hair or beard strand by strand, which translates into a more realistic physiognomy. In addition, in slow motion, it will even be possible to see how the head of hair moves when running. For now, this will not apply to custom players that we believe.
Although they will only be seen in replays, there are two other details that will help make virtual football more accurate. On the one hand, the players’ muscles will suffer deformations, something that was illustrated by a shot on goal by Pogba. Thus, you could see the contraction of the quadriceps at the moment of hitting the ball. On the other hand, the ball, which will offer a greater sensation of weight, will also suffer compression and will deform slightly when someone hits it .
Like Santiago Bernabéu, the FIFA 21 stadiums for PS5 and Xbox Series X will also level up. In the first place, they will have a new lighting system, which will make details such as the light from the spotlights or the public more realistic. Second, the default camera has been completely redone and now mimics that of TV broadcasts , tilting slightly when the ball is close to areas. In addition, this perspective, named EA Sports Gamecam, will allow us to appreciate in detail aspects such as the blades of the grass or the shadows generated by the architecture of the stadium.
Strengthening the locomotor system
In general, the gameplay of FIFA 21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X will be very similar to what we already saw on PS4, Xbox One and PC. However, visual tweaks have been made that will help to polish it and to produce actions like those seen in reality on a football field . In case you’re wondering, there will be no cross-play between the two generations.
Thanks to the power of the new consoles, ‘multi-touch’ animations have been included that will make the movements in FIFA 21 “next gen” more realistic and that the control responds better. Thus, the transitions between animations will be more fluid, especially when making controls and orienting the ball. In the same way, physical disputes have been improved, not only between those who carry the ball and those who defend them, but also between the rest of the players. That will translate into more realistic strokes, various ways of positioning the body, slipping …
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Another aspect that has been improved, this purely visual, is the gestural behavior of the players on the field. The idea was to ‘humanize’ them, so that we will see them make indications with their hands, for example to highlight that a partner is unmarked. In addition, the positioning of the feet has been improved.
Football and cinematic excitement
The atmosphere of the matches has been enhanced with the introduction of new video scenes in FIFA 21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X that will try to convey the excitement of football. Before the matches, we will be able to enjoy recreations of the arrival of the teams’ buses, the entrance of the spectators into the stadium through the turnstiles, the lighting of flares, the exit of the changing rooms (with children accompanying the players )
In relation to that, it should be noted that, thanks to the SSD, the matches of FIFA 21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X will load in a matter of seconds , so the skill games have been dispensed with, since there are no longer waiting to entertain. Of course, training minigames still have their specific mode.
Within the matches themselves, more importance will be given to the celebration of decisive blows. For example, if we score a goal in the last minutes, the whole team, including the coach and the substitutes, will go and hug the hero, while the crowd goes crazy. Of course, it seems that there will still be no VAR …
Football where hands are worth
Regarding control, the producers of FIFA 21 emphasized the use they have made of the DualSense, the spectacular PS5 controller . Thus, haptic technology and adaptive triggers have been used so that we can feel the miraculous stops, the ball hits, the trips or the rhythm of the sprints.
As for the game modes, as we said, they will be the same that we already saw on PS4 and Xbox One. The good thing is that the progress of the two most important modes can be transferred: Ultimate Team and Volta Football. If you have already played on the veteran consoles, you can carry all your coins, cards and rewards. At the event, the producers were asked why the Career mode game was not allowed to be moved as well, and they simply replied that the time cost was too high .
With that technical and playable base, you can play FIFA 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series XS on December 4 . Its squad has not been rebuilt from scratch, but it has been strengthened with many visual signings and a few playable players who have made good physical preparation so that we can enjoy football like never before.