EA Sports pull two celebrations from FIFA 21 game to ‘remove toxic behaviour’
Aug. 10, 2020
Two celebrations will be taken out of FIFA 21 in response to community reports that they incited ‘toxic behaviours’, EA Sports has confirmed.
EA didn’t specify which two celebrations were concerned but it’s understood the A-OK celebration and the ‘Shush’ celebration will be removed from its latest instalment.
Other celebrations could be at risk of removal if they are found to be encouraging toxicity.
“We were told by the community that there are toxic behaviours in the game and we wanted to make sure we removed them,” said EA.
“So we removed some of the celebrations that people thought were not the best idea to have in the game. The flow is shorter, which is to try to keep you playing most of the time instead of just waiting. All together the intention there is just to keep you playing instead of doing other things that may not be necessary in the game.”
It’s also been confirmed that FIFA 21 won’t have VAR or stadiums without fans in it either.
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VAR and fan-free stadiums have been big aspects of the 2019/20 season, however, EA have no intention of replicating them in-game.
The video assistant referee in the Premier League has been met with huge opposition among fans, while empty stadiums during matches have come as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
FIFA 21 is to be released on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 9, 2020, and PS5 and Xbox Series X to tie in with the Christmas release of those consoles.
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