Like a much-loved newborn baby, Career Mode was once the pinnacle of EA’s FIFA franchise.
Gamers used to love taking the reins of their favourite club; tweaking tactics and guiding them to European glory.
It was one of EA’s most popular selling points, and people adored it.
But then came along the second child. Ultimate Team.
EA had dollar signs in its eyes as attention shifted to this brand new mode, one where you could build your own team using coins with the aim of achieving maximum ‘chemistry’ and the bragging rights within your friendship group.
Packs full of new players could be bought using FIFA points, or coins, as EA started to rake in the cash.
But as successful as this new game mode was, Career Mode began to slip under the radar.
The biggest change of recent years was the colour of the central hub in FIFA 17. Go figure.
But why should EA care? After all, people were playing Ultimate Team in their numbers and serious money was being made.
Well, it turns out a lot of people still care about the mode – and can’t bear to watch it slip away.
There are still tons of things they can change…
It might seem like an age since career mode was born 21 years ago, but there are still a load of ways EA can make it better.
Up until recently, they have only made minor changes to it each year.
The odd extra question to answer in a press conference or a new look to the in-built calendar were often the only changes from the previous year, but that’s not what we want.
We want big improvements year-on-year.
The ability to customise kits at the start of a new season and promote them to your fans in the club shop; take pictures with new signings; the ability to answer engaging press conference questions yourself through your headset; talk to player agents; more cut scenes… the list is endless.
EA needs to be brainstorming these big ideas and putting them into practice
In doing so they’ll be pleasing the thousands of FIFA fans who still enjoy a spot of classic single-player gaming.
Get mind-mapping, lads…
People actually do play career mode, you know
Following on from the previous point, EA have seemingly failed to realise that they are silently killing off a game mode that is still played in its bucket loads.
Career Mode remains massive – thousands still flock to YouTube to watch their favourite video bloggers propel their teams to glory.
If EA are going to ditch it, they’ll be disappointing everyone
People will start to turn to PES…
Once upon a time PES was considered the ugly bit-on-the side from FIFA, a game played by people who didn’t have a clue about football.
But no longer.
Despite its recurring licensing problems, it now challenges FIFA every year with its crisp graphics and realism making it one of the best football simulators around.
EA still have a huge fan-base and they will continue to benefit from this, but if they focusing all their time and effort on one game mode, more heads are going to be turned by PES, and they may never return.
Believe it or not, it’s fun… really fun
People love realism, and that’s exactly what they get in Career Mode.
It is the only game mode where the team you have spent hours nurturing is locked at 2-2 in a pulsating play-off final against your cross-city rivals; both teams battling to avoid penalties.
It really is one of a kind.
It carries with it a real sense of realism and purpose. The AI is tenacious and challenging depending on the style of opponent.
You can watch your own youth players grow through your set-up, while older players gradually decline.
It’s so much more enjoyable than playing a random 12 year-old from Surrey in an Ultimate Team wager who’s only aim is to squeeze every last drop of sweat from their pacey strikers.
Keep it real, EA.
FIFA just wouldn’t be the same without it
It seems strange that EA is forgetting about a game mode that is the anchor to their meteoric rise.
Without Career Mode, FIFA would never be as big as it is now.
FIFA 17 was the biggest-selling console title in the world – everyone has to start somewhere, and for EA that somewhere was through Career Mode.
No pressure for FIFA 18, lads…