Over at FutHead News, they have had some new, recent hands-on with the career mode of FIFA 14, so have got some information about the new features we’ll find in this year’s game.
You can read their full preview of the game at this link, but here’s the list of new features. As you’d expect from Dave and Tom, it’s an exhaustive list, and apparently there’s more coming this week:
Career Mode Fundamentals
- A new “Disable first summer transfer window” option has been added to Career Modes setup. This will allow you to maintain real world squads up until January.
- The OVR player value has now been masked in Career Mode. You can only see the OVR value of players in your own squad meaning you’ll have to scout players to find out how good they are.
- Player growth now appears to be more subtle, with only minor gains and decreases seen after half a seasons play.
- Player fatigue has maintained the match by match recovery changes from FIFA 13 but appears to be more harsh on in-game fatigue, with more players in to the orange/red values.
Career Mode User Interface
- A new user interface has revolutionised the way you navigate Career Mode’s menus.
- Five main navigation options now hold all game information – Central, Squad, Transfers, Office and Season.
- Most tiles in the Career Mode interface have sub-options which you access by flicking the right analogue stick.
- Team formations can now be changed on the fly without going in to Team Management. A tile on the Squad screen is dedicated to this task.
- The email screen now has a reading pane and the game no longer stops advancement for trivial information.
- Player Conversations now appear in the their own tab within the email notification screen.
Global Scout Network
- When you start Career Mode you will now have 3 GSN scouts already hired.
- You can have a maximum of 6 GSN scouts.
- 6 Scout Instruction slots allow you to configure the types of players you want to search for.
- You first choose the position, age group and contract length. Then up to six traits to find the type of player you want to find.
- You can relocate your scouts to new countries, or recall them at any time.
- A tile on the Central Career Mode homepage, updates in real time as new players are scouted.
- Once targets are identified you can choose to remove them, keep them, or compile a more detailed scouting report.
- The detailed scouting reports will show you a selection of player stats and their potential transfer value. The more times you scout a player the more accurate the data becomes.
- The player OVR value is hidden, as are the “showing great potential” and “has that something special” traits, until scouting has been completed.
- Youth scouting is still in Career Mode and is completely separate to the Global Scout Network.
- Youth scouting now costs money too (192k for 3 months).
- A new “Reject all/Disallow future offers” option has been added to the transfer offer screen. This will prevent clubs from persistently offering for players you do not want to sell at any price.
- The new Transfers Hub shows all the latest rumours, news and the biggest deals all on one screen.
- Transfer Deadline Day now has a club by club breakdown for the league you’re in. This allows you to see all the Ins and Outs at the clubs in your league.
Career Mode Audio
- Jeff Stelling is now the stadium and pre-match announcer for FIFA 14.
- The commentary team now directly reference previous match results, eg “a great 3-1 win against Swansea last week”.
- The commentary team will also discuss current transfer rumours in more detail.
It’s worth noting that the guys mention this is all information based on the Xbox 360 preview build, so may not relate to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, of course.