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Goal Celebrations And Replays Have Been Reduced On FIFA 21

Goal Celebrations And Replays Have Been Reduced On FIFA 21

EA Sports have made a series of drastic changes to FIFA 21 in order to improve the overall experience for players.

Listening to feedback from the incredibly passionate community, EA have decided to completely remove two celebrations that they believe have been "toxic" for the game.

The 'Shush' and 'A-OK' celebrations are no more (although Kylian Mbappe's cry-baby celebration has been added) - while it's said the gaming giant are looking to make even more amendments in the new future.

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In addition, they have removed the walk-back cinematic after a goal is scored in online games and made reductions to the amount of time allocated for celebrations and waiting for set-pieces.

Previously set-pieces such as goal-kicks and corners would take 30 seconds but that has been halved down to 15 - with the same trimming occurring in penalties.

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The wait for kick-off to be taken is now down to 10 seconds, with throw-ins cut to 12 and free-kicks reduced to 20 seconds.

We all know there's nothing worse than conceding a sweaty goal and then being made to watch all 25 replays - though that too is being altered in a change gameplay producer Sam Rivera feels will make a huge difference in FIFA 21.

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Explaining the recent removal and reductions, he told SPORTbible: "There are people who play a lot of matches in the weekend and they need to complete 30 matches in a certain amount of time.

"We really felt like there were instances where if we're giving you an experience, it has to be smooth and it has to be to the point. I just want to come here and play; that's what the game is for.

"I score a goal and then I'm going to watch all the replays, walk back and take 15 seconds to take the kick-off - we don't really celebrate those types of behaviours so we want to keep the game to the point.

"The game flow is so important and we need to keep it as short as possible. I play a lot of FIFA and for years I've felt we needed to trim this animation down so you don't have 15 seconds of celebration plus ten replays.

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"We're now at a point where you have time to celebrate, which is part of football and that's what we want, and then you watch one replay of the goal and you're back into play.

"It's a change the hardcore community are going to appreciate a lot."

Topics: gaming news, Football News, Football, EA Sports, FIFA 21

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