Updated: November 22, 2020 14:35:58
Soon, you’ll be able to see pop star Dua Lipa go on toes with top footballers. At least in fact. According to data mining in the latest update of FIFA 21, Dua Lipa will be added to the video game as a playable character.
Developer EA Sports revamped the long-running series with two-time world champion boxer Anthony Joshua and recording artist DJ Diplo when FIFA 21 was released last month to make crossovers more appealing. Added. And they seem to have doubled down to bring non-football names into the game.
Well-known data miner Blade Johnson examined the code in FIFA 21 and uploaded a PDF to confirm that Dua Lipa and many other celebrities have emerged as playable characters. The Grammy Award-winning “Club Future Nostalgia” track, “Love Is Region,” has already been featured in the game’s soundtrack.
–Dua Lipa News (lidlipanews) November 12, 2020
The 25-year-old, who appeared at the opening ceremony of the UEFA Champions League final two years ago, England Tottenham striker Harry Kane. After recording a hat-trick against Panama at the 2018 World Cup, Kane was asked to choose a song to play in a Brazilian program. His reply: “Go to Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s’One Kiss’.” 📣 Express Explained is now available on Telegram
Other notable additions?
Another notable addition to the game is David Beckham, the first cover athlete since FIFA 98.
Beckham’s return was first revealed in the aforementioned Datamine, but a former Manchester United star confirmed it on his Instagram.
“Twenty-three years later … I’m very proud to be back on the cover …” he wrote.
Reportedly, three different portraits of Beckham are added to the game: representing a long career with ratings of 87, 89, 92 and 45 years.
Who will participate in the game?
Lipa and Beckham will be joined by F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton. In real life, the 35-year-old played association football with his school classmates and ultimately Ashley Young from England.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo will be the second F1 driver to be added to the game, and the NBA will be represented by Milwaukee Bucks’ two-time MVP Janis Adetokumpo and Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid. Other celebrities include DJ Snake, surfer Gabriel Medina, foot volley champion Natalia Gitler, YouTuber Fred, and NFL Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson.
Where do celebrities “play”?
It’s not clear if playable celebrities will be added to the game’s Volta mode (5v5, futsal-inspired option) or to regular career mode and FIFA Ultimate Team. Joshua and Diplo, along with legends such as Eric Cantona and Kaka, were only playable on Volta.
However, some YouTubers who received the pre-update have uploaded videos where you can see Dua Lipa playing as a striker for teams such as Liverpool and Real Madrid and real teams.
How did the FIFA community react?
This isn’t an update for regular players, so it’s almost indifferent. However, some fans have criticized the developer’s EA Sports decision to give Dua Lipa and other celebrities detailed face scans and realistic portraits, and young soccer players like Manchester United are inaccurate and seemingly inaccurate. It has a random face. Greenwood scored 17 goals at Manchester United last season as the team finished third in the Premier League.
Dua Lipa was face-scanned to FIFA 21 while Mason Greenwood still looked like this …
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 12, 2020
Others have compared the addition of Lipa to the shortage of female soccer players in the game. EA introduced a female soccer player who can play in FIFA 16, but hasn’t had many updates in the five years since then. Only Marquee’s name was face-scanned, he could only play international matches and was absent from women’s club football.
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