FIFA 21 Volta Groundbreakers lets you recruit a (soon-to-be) knight, a quarterback, and a pop star

EA have thrown a bunch of big name celebrities into FIFA 21’s Volta street football mode, letting you play as a (soon-to-be) knight, an American footballer, some basketballers and even a pop star.

It’s all part of the Groundbreakers set of characters, who are real world personalities that have leant their faces to feature in the mode. You can add them to your squad by beating them in Volta Featured Battles and then recruiting them.


So, enough with cryptic clues (because these names actually leaked a little while ago from the PC version of FIFA 21). Here’s the list of new stars in Volta:

  • Lewis Hamilton – seven-time F1 World Champion, and soon to be Sir Lewis Hamilton
  • Dua Lipa – the aforementioned pop superstar
  • Zinedine Zidane – ex-footballer and now manager of Real Madrid
  • Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback
  • Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers basketballer
  • Giannis Antetokounmpa – Milwaukee Bucks basketballer
  • Mason Mount – Chelsea footballer and FIFA ambassador
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund footballer and FIFA ambassador

Whoever will they think to add next?

FIFA 21 is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC (and there’s a rebranded version of an older game for Switch), with the next-gen versions of FIFA 21 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S set to launch on 3rd December.

In our review of the original release, Aran said:

On the pitch, FIFA 21 is an incremental improvement over FIFA 20, but doesn’t address some of the biggest issues with defending and the high-scoring matches this leads to. With Volta still missing a certain spark and Ultimate Team not really changing much, it’s the Football Manager-inspired Career mode that takes the biggest step forward. It’s still a good football game, but it feels like the real focus is on next-gen.

This time last month, FIFA 21 got EA into a spot of bother for its microtransaction-based business model. The Netherlands Gaming Authority has ruled that the FIFA’s Ultimate Team Packs are a breach of there gambling laws. EA argued that as the packs have no value outside the game and they cannot be exchanged for cash they were not breaching the rules, but this was dismissed by the Judge.

EA have three weeks to take the packs out of the game if they are to avoid any fines and have said they are “disappointed” in the decision.

We do not believe that our products and services violate gambling laws in any way. We are appealing this decision and trying to avoid a situation that will impact the ability of Dutch players to play FIFA Ultimate Team in full.

Source: press release

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