Goal celebrations that contributed to “toxic behaviours” online will not return in FIFA 21 when the game launches on October 9, according to EA.
This news comes from Eurogamer, which reported that FIFA 21 will not include the post-goal “Shush” and “A-OK” celebrations from previous games. The former was frequently used by the online community to waste time following goals – usually running around the field doing it, while the “a-ok” celebration has a resemblance to a gesture popularized by white supremacists.
“We were told by the community that there’s toxic behaviours in the game and we wanted to make sure we removed them,” lead gameplay producer Sam Rivera explained. “So we removed some of the celebrations that people thought were not the best idea to have in the game.”
FIFA 21 will also implement new time-saving measures to prevent players from messing around in online matches, like limiting the amount of time during sequences like corner and penalty kicks. Certain cinematics, including scenes of teams walking back to their sides of the pitch following a goal, will also be shortened or removed altogether to make for a smoother, and hopefully a less painful online experience.