FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

Elva Mankin

The world might be strange and confusing, but there are still some things you can rely on. Every autumn, a chill comes into the air, the leaves begin to change color, and EA releases a new edition of FIFA, the all-conquering soccer simulation franchise.

WIRED UK

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.

FIFA 21 arrives at a slightly odd moment for world soccer, which has been devoid of fans for more than six months in most countries. In fact, for some broadcasters, the piped in crowd noise they’re using to mimic the presence of real fans actually comes from the video game—which is one way of making sure your simulation sounds like the real thing.

In other ways, though, the game feels further from real soccer than it has in a while—particularly at the top level, where Video Assistant Referees have fundamentally changed the way goals are scored and

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