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FUT 20 ICONs

A deep dive into ICONs information throughout FUT 20.

Pitch Notes

Hi FIFA fans,

I’m Yahsir Qureshi, Live Producer on FIFA Ultimate Team.

I'm here to take you through one particular aspect of our Live Content Plans for FUT 20, ICONs.

Since the introduction of ICONs in FUT 18, we’ve seen how incredibly popular and engaging they have been throughout FIFA Ultimate Team.

Our goals for ICONs in FUT 20 were crafted as a result of listening to community feedback, monitoring game health, and some of the new FUT 20 features. With those considerations, we set 3 goals:

  • To communicate as clearly as we can about ICONs in FUT 20.
  • To encourage greater variety in squad building throughout FUT 20.
  • To improve the accessibility and availability of ICONs throughout FUT 20.

With that said, let’s get into how ICONs will be implemented in FUT 20 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC.

ICON Versions in FUT 20
One of the key goals we have with ICONs in FUT 20 is to communicate as clearly as we can to allow players to plan their FUT journey. With that said, we know you want more information about the different ICON versions and when they will be available. In short, there will be 4 unique versions for each of the 89 ICONs in FUT 20 that will each be available during certain periods throughout the year.

  • Base: This version often (but not always) reflects a time in the player’s career when they were still developing and had not yet reached their full potential.
    • This version will be available in packs from the start of the EA & Origin Access Trial until mid-December 2019 only.
    • Select Base ICONs will be available in FUT Draft during this same period.

 

  • Mid: This version often (but not always) reflects an ICON later in their career when they had to adapt their playstyle to stay near the top of their game.
    • This version will be available in packs from the start of the EA & Origin Access Trial until mid-February 2020 only.
    • Select Mid ICONs will be available in FUT Draft during this same period.

 

  • Prime: This version often (but not always) reflects an era of an ICON’s career where they were consistently at the height of their skills and abilities.
    • This version will be available in packs from mid-December 2019 until the end of FUT 20.
    • Select Prime ICONs will be available in FUT Draft during this same period.

 

  • Moment: Whereas Base, Mid and Prime versions tell the stories of an ICON’s career, this version focuses on a truly memorable, historic performance in an ICON’s career that elevated them to one of the all time greats.
    • This version will be introduced into packs throughout February 2020 until the end of FUT 20.
    • This is the highest-rated version of an ICON in FUT 20.
    • All FUT 20 ICONs will receive a Moment item.
    • As an ICON can have many moments throughout their storied career, their previously released Moment version in FUT 19 won’t necessarily be the same version released in FUT 20.
    • Select Moments ICONs will be available in FUT Draft during this same period.

With this release of the different ICON versions in and out of packs throughout FUT 20, we have sought to not only encourage greater variety in squad building throughout FUT 20 but also ensure that there is greater availability of Prime and Moments versions of ICONs on the transfer market once they are released in packs.

ICON and SBCs
Another goal we have in FUT 20 is to make ICONs more accessible to as wide a group of FUT players as possible.

Since FUT 18, we released Individual ICON SBCs that required ICONs to complete. We used ICON requirements in order to keep SBC requirements from being overly lengthy and also to help alleviate other pinch points in the market. However, what we saw was that many ICONs (especially Base ICONs) were being viewed and valued more as tools to complete SBCs rather than as players in your squad. That was not the experience we wanted to create.

Turning our attention to Individual and Player Pick ICON SBCs, there were significant challenges. Throughout the cycle, many of the top ICONs, as well as the ICON SBC requirements, fluctuated considerably in Transfer Market Price. When combined with the goal of allowing players to build towards these ICONs over an extended period, this added considerable difficulties. This made it difficult to design Individual ICON SBCs to be consistent with Transfer Market prices and other Player SBC releases, highly complicated.

As such, given the goals we set out to achieve for ICONs and the new features in FUT this year, we have revisited how ICONs will be used in SBCs in FUT 20 to create a more balanced system for a wider spectrum of players:

  • ICONs will not be used as requirements in SBCs.
    • As an additional measure, the minimum quick sell price of an ICON will be lowered from 102,000 FUT Coins to 63,750 FUT Coins.
  • Specific Guaranteed ICON Pack SBCs will continue to be released throughout FUT 20.
    • These Guaranteed ICON Pack SBCs will give players the opportunity to earn the specified version of any ICON.
  • There will be no Individual or Player Pick ICON SBCs released in FUT 20.
    • We will be replacing Individual ICON SBCs with a brand new ICON Swaps program detailed below.

ICON Swaps in FUT 20
Alongside being able to purchase ICONs on the Transfer Market or finding them in Packs, in FUT 20 we are introducing ICON Swaps, a new way to allow players to unlock select ICONs in exchange for Player Tokens which can be earned by completing objectives you exchange. Simply put:

  1. Complete Player Token Objectives.
  2. Receive Player Tokens.
  3. Redeem for ICON Rewards available in a Swaps release.

  • There will be 3 ICON Swaps released throughout the year.
    • Each ICON Swaps release will contain at least 20 individual ICONs (Untradeable).
    • Player Tokens can also be redeemed for select Guaranteed ICON Packs during each Swaps release.
    • Each ICON Swaps release will contain a range of ICON versions.
    • If an ICON has already been released in an ICON Swaps Release, it will not have any other versions released in a Future ICON Swaps Release.
    • ICON Swaps objectives will reflect the rewards on offer.
  • Each ICON Swaps release will have a unique set of Player Tokens tied to it.
    • Each Individual ICON in an ICON Swaps will require a certain number of Player Tokens in order to redeem.
    • Each Player Token can only be redeemed in that specific ICON Swaps release and does not roll over to the next ICON Swaps release.
    • The Player Tokens will be released over the duration of each ICON Swaps release.
    • Similar to FUT Swap Deals, you will need to choose which ICONs you want to unlock based on how many Player Tokens you have earned.
  • ICON Swaps 1 will be released October 11th, 2019 and will run to December. ICON Swaps 1 also allows you to earn select Prime ICON players before they go into packs. It will feature the following ICONs with their specific version detailed in the image below:
  • Information regarding ICON Swaps 2 and 3 will be announced later in the year.


This is just one part of what we have planned for FUT 20. We’re excited for players to experience this and are looking forward to sharing more throughout FUT 20. As ever, we will continue to listen to feedback to help improve the experience where we can for all players.

Yahsir Qureshi and the FUT Live Content Team

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