Volta Squads will feature 5v5 online co-op play, while friends will be able to team up online for new ways to play and compete for rewards with FUT Co-Op.
“This year, we are bringing fans together through social experiences that elevate both the small-sided experience and the excitement felt on the professional pitch, offering the most authentic and interactive EA Sports FIFA experience to date,” said series executive producer Aaron McHardy.
“Along with one of the biggest updates to career mode yet and enhanced gameplay realism that continues to bridge the gap between the real and virtual world of football, fans have more ways than ever to play the beautiful game of football we all love.”
EA says the FIFA 21 will include “all-new dynamic attacking systems”, more dribbling options, plus Creative Runs which create new off the ball moments.
Career Mode will feature a revamped player development growth system and offer “a huge leap in gameplay interactivity” to control match outcomes using the Interactive Match Sim, while FIFA Ultimate Team will offer players more ways to customise their FUT Club.
As well as a “more realistic and rewarding” Volta mode featuring 20 different pitches, a new street football narrative-based storyline called The Debut will feature Brazilian footballer Kaká and freestyler Lisa Zimouche.
EA will release FIFA 21 on October 9, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin and Steam, but EA Access members can trial the game from October 1. Kylian Mbappé will be the cover star across all editions of the title.
In an announcement premiered in its EA Play Live event in June, EA said the yet-to-be-dated next-gen version of FIFA 21 will feature “blazing fast” load times, deferred lighting and rendering, enhanced animation technology, “off-ball humanisation,” and more.
The game also has the exclusive rights to the following competitions: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamerica, Premier League, Bundesliga, and La Liga Santander.
EA also confirmed that FIFA 21 will support its Dual Entitlement scheme, meaning players can upgrade their copy from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or from Xbox One to Xbox Series X at no extra cost.