EA’s FIFA 20 takes it to the streets with the long-requested Volta Football mode in which men and women can finally share the pitch together. FIFA Street last debuted in 2012 on the previous generation of consoles, and this feels about as close to a sequel as could be hoped for.
The addition of Volta Football comes in the form of a career mode that contains NBA 2k MyCareer-levels of customization with FIFA Street matches that bring back memories from years before. So far, the mode appears to be single player, multiplayer, with some story mode, and perhaps most important to fans of the game, league play with full promotion and regulation like in other modes of the game.
Similar to FIFA 19, Volta Football will feature the option to implement House Rules or something similarly named. If the rules are like those we have seen before, players can expect 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 matches without a keeper, or 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 with a keeper. Professional futsal is another option, where the courts are hard, and the playing ball is smaller. There will be pitches and courses of different sizes and makeup from around the world, which should keep gameplay fresh and players on their toes.
The official website has been posted by EA and reveals the there will be a far higher level of avatar customization than in previous games, offering both men and women a range of clothing, hairstyles, tattoos, and in-game celebratory emotes. Gear will consist of shows, sweaters, shorts, and other vanity items that can be unlocked by progressing through in-game challenges.
EA also describes the global football playgrounds as ranging from an underpass in Amsterdam, to a neighborhood cage in London, or a Tokyo rooftop.
The game can be pre-ordered now in Standard, Champions, and Ultimate editions, with the differences mainly being when the game can be accessed, either on release day or earlier, special editions kits, and FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs spread out over 12 weeks following the game's release.
With that in mind, it will be necessary to wait and see what happens soon regarding loot box laws that are passing in different ways across various regions. Recent developments in the United States, for example, may make it illegal to sell the kinds of packs often seen in both FIFA and NBA games. There may be some change made in-game if laws change in the near future.