FIFA 22 Career Mode looks to to be the best, or at least most significant, update the mode has ever received.
You'll be able to create your own club and paint your own road to glory...
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Career Mode is the classic game mode in the FIFA series, although the lucrative Ultimate Team has taken precedence in recent years.
However, things are looking good ahead of FIFA 22 with some awesome new features already announced by EA.
We don't want to get ahead of ourselves and brand this as the best Career Mode ever just yet, after all we haven't seen it yet, but to say we are excited is an understatement.
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Full Reveal Coming Soon
It's happening! We will see a full FIFA 22 Career Mode reveal soon.
Live out your football dreams in FIFA 22 Career Mode as you create a club and lead them from relegation candidates to global giants, and enjoy an overhauled Player Career experience that gives you more ways to progress, achieve, and immerse yourself in your Pro’s journey through the game.
Expect to see more detail on these new ways to play in the coming weeks.
FIFA 22 Career Mode Confirmed Features
Following the game's announcement on 11 July, EA revealed the following:
"Live out your football dreams in FIFA 22 Career Mode as you create a club and lead them from relegation candidates to global giants."
Yes, we believe that you will be able to build your club from scratch, with further leaks suggesting you can create your own stadium.
We can't wait for EA to explain more about this, and whether you can pick where your club starts off from in the football pyramid.
There's also question marks over your initial squad - will it be Newgens, will it be free agents, or will you be able to draft some players in.
Create your own Stadium
With the Create-a-Club feature in Career Mode, you will be able to create your own stadium.
The official Xbox page for FIFA 22 states: "Create football’s newest team, design your unique kit, stadium, and badge, and manage your club to glory in Career Mode."
We imagine EA is taking the feature it has implemented in Ultimate Team to customise your stadium to Career Mode.
Whether you can base your home ground on another current stadium remains to be seen, however.
Player Career makes a comeback
Yes, we know Player Career with your Virtual Pro has been in the FIFA series for a number of years now, but the mode has been dormant for a little while.
In FIFA 22, "enjoy an overhauled Player Career experience that gives you more ways to progress, achieve, and immerse yourself in your Pro’s journey through the game."
This is a mysterious reveal from EA, and we'd love to see some features that shone in The Journey, liked how Alex Hunter levelled up with a skill tree - to be usable for your Virtual Pro.
That's all we have on actual concrete inclusions from FIFA 22 Career Mode, but following leaks from the Closed Beta - a picture is starting to be painted by the community.
Cutscenes, and not just press conferences, would be a great inclusion into Career Mode - and they have been immensely popular on PES' Master League since its remaster for PES 2019.
It is believed these will arrive for FIFA 22, and could be part of a Story Mode integration.
Half-time team talks, work on the training ground and meetings with the board would be a great addition to the game.
FIFA Career Mode has been neglected in the past as Ultimate Team has taken over, however, EA did make some improvements last season
More details & realism
The new player development and academy systems are much better, although not the finished product.
It still feels as though the game mode is a bit shallow, with no storylines or back story just yet.
We know it is impossible to replicate the detail of Football Manager, but there is certainly a more immersive option that EA could explore.
One thing we have been wanting for years is the ability to add more levels of customisation.
From kits to new sponsorship deals, more involvement in the running of the club would be a welcome addition to the game.
Being able to update the kits with competition badges and numbers is a must as it just looks silly with the Football League badge in the Champions League final…
We can create kits on Pro Clubs, so why not in other game modes?
Another key area we want to see improved is the storylines developed through press conferences and player communication.
These are still painfully repetitive, vague and quite often inaccurate.
Your answers seem to have little bearing on the game either, so it does feel like an add-on that has been forgotten about.
Having your personality shine through on Career Mode would give a more immersive feel to the game and create new problems to solve too.
It would be great to be able to ‘jump in’ to Career Mode at the current point of the season.
Say your club has got off to a poor start to the season in real life, can you guide them to safety on FIFA 22?
Scenario-type setups could be an exciting new way to start career mode.
This could also lead to a more career-led mode, where you must earn the right to manage the big clubs by earning your stripes elsewhere.