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FIFA 20 brings back FIFA Street, in spirit

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Volta Football career mode promises a galaxy of stars and customization options

EA Sports’ FIFA 20’s big new addition will be Volta Football, a career mode blending NBA 2K MyCareer-levels of personalization and customization with FIFA Street-style matches and tricks.

Volta Football is part single-player career, part multiplayer, with a story mode path, a branch for team play, and league play involving promotion and relegation. For those who want to play with their favorite sides and stars, there’s Volta Kick-Off.

On the streets, players can choose from several matches with alternate rules, somewhat reminiscent of the House Rules options players could give matches in FIFA 19. Modes include 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 matches with no keepers, 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 with keepers, and professional futsal (played on hard courts with a smaller ball and five players a side). Pitches and courts will be of varying sizes in different locations around the world.

“From an underpass in Amsterdam, to a neighborhood cage in London, or a Tokyo rooftop, experience a new side of The World’s Game with VOLTA Football,” EA said on the game’s official website.

Player customizations abound, with shirts, boots, shorts, sweaters, and other vanity items. The site says items may be unlocked as players move through in-game challenges.

The player personalization and persistent online environment broadly resembles the overwhelming success NBA 2K has found with MyCareer on this console generation. It’s also been incredibly profitable for parent company Take-Two Interactive in terms of the microtransactions thrown off in blinging out characters, though NBA 2K has been long criticized for how its virtual currency figures into player attributes and progression.

FIFA 20 launches Sept. 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.