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EA axes FIFA's Manager Mode

Sports arm implements 'Career Mode' instead

FIFA 10's Manager Mode was one of the few poorly executed areas of the game - and EA Sports has taken action. The label has today announced that it is to replace it with a reworked 'Career Mode' for FIFA 11... which it's handily detailed in full.

Career Mode (pictured) has been 'built from scratch', according to an EA Sports blog post. It will allow FIFA fans to play through a footballer's career as a player, player-manager and then a manager.

A brand new transfer system (hurray!) promises to 'bring the ups and downs of the transfer window to life', whilst a new calendar system will make it 'easier to plan your career, manage your squad or experience the thrill of breaking your way into the first team'.


Players created using the new Creation Centre will be available to use in Career Mode, and there is also now a friend's leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against your mates in terms of stats and earnings throughout your career.

An EA rep writing on the blog reports that they have had access to an 'early build' of Career Mode, in a role as Player-Manager.

'So far it is a big change from FIFA 10,' they write. 'Things seem a lot slicker and refinements in a number of areas are definitely noticeable... The transfer system is now a two-stage negotiation where you agree a fee with the club in question and then have to agree terms with the player themselves.'

The insider compliments new Football Manager-style attribute search options in the tranfer market, as well as a new 'online news portal'-esque interface.

They add: 'The calendar now has a daily view and will stop progressing if there is an important action happening such as an email from a team interested in buying your player or something from the Board. You can easily see when the cup matches are, friendlies, international matches and your standard league matches.'

FIFA 11 will be released on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP and mobile on September 28 in North America and October 1 in Europe and Asia.

CVG's FIFA 11 review will be here a week before the game's out.

[ SOURCE: EA Sports Blog ]