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    6 FIFA 22 Features Career Mode Desperately Needs

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    The Career Mode FIFA 22 it needs to be bigger, bolder and more immersive than ever before if it's going to compete with the Madden 22 or even NBA 2K22 experiences. But to do that, new features need to be on the menu. 



    EA Play Live is the next big demo event on the publisher's calendar on July 17th. While Ultimate Team or VOLTA Football might take up a lot of that space, there is a strong feeling in the community that it needs to be a pivotal moment for another game mode, career.

    As fans will know, Career Mode is split into two experiences: Player Career and Coach Mode. The changes have mostly come to the latter in FIFA 21, with position change options added to its training features, the return of visual simulations, and a few other small details about transfers, which ultimately still feel as robotic as ever.

    With Career Mode set to receive another revamp with FIFA 22, there's a lot on our wish list. Well, six things to be exact.

    FIFA 22 co-op career mode

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    Co-Op Career would challenge friends to compete to be the next Pep Guardiola.



    We couldn't start with anything else, could we?

    Career Mode players have been wanting to see a Co-op Career added to FIFA games for years, to manage different clubs like their friends and both compete for the highest honors in the game. 

    Frustratingly, this has been a feature in Madden, an EA game, forever with Connected Franchises. Additionally, F1 2021, a game now under the EA umbrella following its acquisition of Codemasters, first introduced Co-Op Career just a few months after publishers took over.

    In FIFA 22, there should be multiplayer integration here – just like there was in FUT in FIFA 21. Not only for players to enjoy, but it would give the development team another opportunity to keep the FIFA tiers in the game's slower months (typically after Christmas).

    It's also worth noting that EA's job postings for game designers have mentioned "Career Online" in the past, which is an encouraging sign ahead of launch. Whether or not this will be for FIFA 22, however, remains to be seen.

    Regular FIFA 22 Career Mode Updates

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    FIFA 21 players expect more official licenses for South American leagues.

    Take a look at the best performing games in the industry. Warzone, Fortnite, Apex Legends – they all update their games regularly with bonus content.

    To some extent, FIFA games have done this in the past, as seen with FIFA 20 when they introduced CONMEBOL and Copa Libertadores competitions, stadiums and player facial scans. This gave players another reason to keep coming back and playing, but of course, in this case, it all depended on license agreements.



    What they could do instead, however, are bimonthly updates to help alleviate the slow periods of Ultimate Team content as the year progresses. 

    This can be anything from new animations, celebrations, boots, cutscenes, commentary lines, to team customization. We've all sat in the same coffee shop a billion times negotiating a deal and seen the same announcement news pop up in the feed.

    Small but regular changes can keep this from becoming obsolete so quickly.

    Contract Expiration Lookup Tool

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    Knowing which players are executing their contracts would be ideal in the FIFA 22 Career Mode.

    Search filters were annoyingly slow to implement in Ultimate Team for specific card rarities, among other things. And the same goes for the career.

    Contract expiration options are among the best ways to take your club to the next level, especially if you have a limited budget for a mid-table. Over the years, the cost of players can often far exceed the budget given to you by the owners as well, so this is a really useful way to pick players on pre-contract expiry deals and bring them in for free after o January transfer windows.

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    If these players appeared on the free agent list, the need for a contract expiration filter might not be necessary. Instead, they are all automatically acquired by the big teams. Aside from scrolling player by player, league by league, for hours on end – there's no easy way to track which players are executing their contracts, so this would be a nice bonus.

    FIFA 22 player career history

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    Alex Hunter's Journey should have been the beginning of a bright future for an RPG Gamer Career.

    The player's career isn't even worth talking about in recent years, which means PES Become A Legend has been far superior (for those who play Pro Evo). We were once teased with the idea of ​​story integration in Career, although the odds for an NBA 2K-style story experience ended up being The Journey – remember that?

    Your road has been set to Alex Hunter, with minimal customizable options. Ultimately, the trilogy project spanned across FIFA 17, 18 and 19 before being scrapped. It might have felt like the building blocks of something long-term and narrative-driven at first, but since it ended, there's been no extension of it.

    As for the player's career, there are some lessons to be learned from PES and The Journey in years gone by. Rather than forgetting it exists, there is an opportunity to pull together new features that allow for simple email storytelling, choosing brand partners, and downloading dramas that can be added.

    Last time, that was all they said: “We are aware of the current feedback on the player's career.”

    These features are designed to enhance the managerial experience and are not available in Player Career.

    We are aware of current feedback regarding Player Career. https://t.co/ZU0ZwZ3gp9

    — FIFA Direct Communication (@EAFIFADirect) August 13, 2020

    After the 2021 installment left Player Career players with nothing to feed on, there certainly won't be another hunger when it comes to new features.

    Customize kits and stadiums

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    You shouldn't limit yourself to a small stadium forever in Career Mode.

    EA has put together a large portfolio of licenses so the community can enjoy realistic scans of their favorite team kits, stadiums and players.

    However, in Career Mode, there is an element of time and career progression that is not included in other modes. Having a feature where you can choose sponsors, redesign new kits per season (even if they are three options or pre-made models), would give the experience a more realistic feel.

    Also, stadium expansions and facility upgrades to improve your team's performance would be a fantastic addition. If you can make it through the lower divisions with a team like Shrewsbury, there's no way you can lift the Premier League title five years later in a 10.000-seat stadium or with the Sky Bet League 1 emblem on your kit.

    Customizable kits, club takeovers as part of a storyline to improve club facilities, and the option to increase your capacity should all play an important role in Career Mode. But that doesn't happen.

    FIFA 22 Fan Expectations in Career Mode

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    FIFA 22's Career Mode should bring fans closer to the manager, for better or worse.

    To continue this call for ever-increasing stadium capacities, fan interaction with manager, team and their connection to results must play a much bigger role in Career Mode.

    Having the option to negotiate season ticket price changes with the board to increase transfer budgets or popularity (when decreasing) would make the mode much more engaging. 

    In addition, there can be a set of challenges for the season manager, in addition to those that keep owners amiable. Perhaps fans will engage with transfer policy expectations, demand a style of football or demand change when results start to drop.

    The idea of ​​spectator numbers dropping in the form of relegation and getting information about packed crowds for big games in the season would be another management element. 

    Knowing the decisions you make on and off the pitch can make you an icon at the club, or put your head on the line, is exactly the risk and reward we need in FIFA 22 Career Mode.

    Hopefully, this time EA delivers.

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