EA Sports FC 24 is back for another exciting year, and it’s bringing some interesting changes to the beloved Pro Clubs game mode. While it might not seem like a big deal, there was a time when fans speculated whether Pro Clubs would continue to exist in FIFA games. In this article, we will confirm that Pro Clubs, now known as EA Sports FC (EAFC), is indeed returning, and MMOexp will delve into everything you need to know about this year’s changes.
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A New Seasonal Structure
The core foundation of EAFC remains familiar: you create your pro player, join friends, and compete together. However, there’s a significant change in the game’s structure. EAFC now operates on a seasonal basis, with each season revolving around a distinct theme that dictates rewards and competitions. This seasonal format mirrors the one found in Ultimate Team, where seasons typically last five to six weeks, running from the release of EAFC until the launch of EAFC 25.
But how does this affect Pro Clubs gameplay? Well, it’s broken down into three phases:
- League: This phase remains much the same as the Pro Clubs you know and love. You team up with friends, compete in divisions, and aim to progress as far as possible.
- Promotion: Unlike previous years, there is no relegation for losing games in divisions. Instead, winning games helps you progress through divisions, starting from Division 10 and working your way up.
- End of Season Playoff: Here’s where things get interesting. When you reach the end of the season, your club is locked into a competitive bracket based on the division you’ve reached. This phase resembles a blend of the Champions Playoff and the Foot Champions Weekend League from other game modes.
Once you complete the playoffs, you claim your rewards, and it leads to the start of the next season. During this transition, you are not relegated, but you do move back several divisions to begin the new season’s journey.
Maintaining Progress and Reputation
One essential aspect that remains consistent in this seasonal structure is your player’s progress and your club’s reputation. Your pro player retains their stats and progression, even if you are moved back several divisions at the start of a new season. Likewise, your club’s reputation and stadium size remain unaffected by this seasonal reset.
This year introduces a new feature: an overall skill rating for the club and individual players. It allows you to track your club’s performance and skill levels more closely. Additionally, you now have a trophy cabinet to display your past achievements, including end-of-season playoffs and any trophies your club has won.
One of the most requested features is finally here: cross-platform play. This addition allows players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to compete together, while PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and PC players can also join in the action. It’s a step in the right direction towards making EAFC more inclusive and accessible to a wider player base.
Monetization in Clubs
Perhaps the most intriguing development is the introduction of monetization into EAFC. While not extensively discussed, it appears that you’ll be able to use EA FC 24 Coins (formerly FIFA Coins) to purchase various customizations for your pro player.
This move is interesting because Pro Clubs often considered the best game mode in FIFA by a portion of the community, has historically received less attention from EA compared to Ultimate Team. Some players have longed for monetization options in Pro Clubs to support the mode they love, with the hope that the revenue generated could be reinvested into its development.
The addition of customization purchases could potentially be a way to fund further improvements and content for EAFC, but whether it’s worth it remains a subjective choice for players to make.
EA Sports FC 24, previously known as Pro Clubs, is back with a fresh seasonal structure and exciting changes. The move to a seasonal format, cross-platform play, and the potential for monetization all point to EA’s commitment to breathe new life into this cherished game mode.
While some players may be cautious about the monetization aspect, it’s essential to remember that it could lead to more substantial investments in Pro Clubs, making it an even better experience for those who love it. This year’s changes might be seen as a step in the right direction, finally aligning EAFC with other game modes in FIFA.
The Pro Clubs community has reason to be excited, and we can only hope that EA continues to nurture and develop this unique and beloved feature in future iterations of the game. Whether these changes will elevate EAFC to new heights or face backlash from the community remains to be seen, but it’s undoubtedly an exciting time for fans of the mode. Let’s kick off the new season and see where EAFC takes us next!