EA Sports’ new FIFA 20 mode Volta will be heavy on allowing gamers to be creative – much like the inventiveness that’s been crucial to the success of video game rival Fortnite.Volta, the Portuguese word for ‘return’, is the developer’s latest innovation, which will allow FIFA players to take football back to the streets, away from the familiar arenas of big clubs.While much of the focus has been on ensuring the format’s gameplay debut is engaging, EA Sports have also worked significantly on making the product customisable – allowing for gamers to show their creativity and style with important parts of the Volta world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With Fortnite giving its users a creative licence to modify skins, costumes, weapons and other parts of the environment, Volta will be unveiling a similar model which will allow gamers to show their imagination and individuality by customising such features as clothing, logos, stadiums and avatars.EA Sports creative director Matt Prior explains the ability for creativity within the Volta game mode will be revolutionary for the FIFA franchise and it will be constantly evolving throughout its life cycle.”I think Volta offers user creativity like we never have offered before in FIFA,” Prior told Goal.”That’s creativity in the sense of your look, the vanity but also when you create your team, you pick a logo, you pick a venue and the creativity around the venue makes such a big difference.“The Volta community itself will be ever expanding and changing. The teams you play with and against, whether online or offline, is user generated content. So there will be people coming to the game throughout the cycle. They will create avatars and teams and they will go into the pool of teams you can play against.”With the new trend for games to continually be updated and changed after their release, Prior revealed Volta will be following the FIFA Ultimate Team live service model and mentioned a few exciting features within the mode.”We will be doing live seasons, so we will be introducing more vanity items over the course of the game’s cycle,” he said.The World is your stadium in #VOLTAFOOTBALL #FIFA20 pic.twitter.com/ay4eho6o3n— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 11, 2019″What you see on the disk is not just what is going to be available. If you stick around through the game, you will see the new content drop. We will also be introducing tournaments as well throughout so you will get new tournaments on the map.”The days of a game not changing once it’s been packed and shipped are long gone. A lot of games, such as FUT, offer the live service model and it’s something gamers have come to expect. I think Volta is a great forum to do that because the fashion of the in-game players is a big part of it.”For fans of famous clothing brands, EA Sports is also planning to collaborate with big names in the fashion industry to create game-related content.These content drops are planned for both in the game and in the outside world, with Prior hinting at the involvement of the world’s biggest sportswear manufacturer.”We will be looking to work with brands such as adidas so there is an opportunity for some unique content within the game but also opportunities in the real world,” Prior said.Volta will be a part of the new FIFA 20 game – which will be released on September 27.- Goal’s Kieran Francis tested an early version of FIFA 20 and Volta at the EA Producers Tour in Shanghai, China.
“We recognized from the beginning that not everybody would find this an attractive offer, for whatever reason,” said Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry. “And we are happy to remain neighbours with the folks who have chosen to stay, whatever their reasons might be.”McKenzie acknowledged that the neighbourhood had deteriorated over her four decades there. When she moved in, it was a blue-collar Italian area. When the former residents moved out, she said, slumlords moved in. There were crack houses to her left, a couple more down the street to her right, and a few in the back.Realtor.com Her family figures the money’s out there. A very rough calculation based on the average offer per house, excluding demolition costs, suggests the whole relocation program might have cost the Marathon Oil Corp. less than 1% of the overall price tag for its $2.2-billion plant renovation.But the company won’t reveal the total budget for its relocation program. Nor will it disclose the volume of Canadian oil in its Michigan plant, saying only that its renovation was designed to handle heavy crude and that an unspecified amount of the new supply comes from Canada. More than one-third of U.S. oil imports are from Canada, and that ratio is growing. What the company will say is the relocation offer has expired.Bloomberg But what about pollution? Her family wants to plant fruits and vegetables on the vacant land next door, but they have their doubts — a recent study pegged this zip code as the dirtiest place in all of Michigan. McKenzie shrugs off the risks.“I figure if Marathon hasn’t killed me yet — I mean, I’m 71 years old,” she said. “Let’s face facts, I’m not gonna live forever.”She doesn’t really have any complaints about the company, whose trucks help patrol what’s left of the neighbourhood. She simply says it would have to double its offer to get her to consider moving.AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates Picture a block the size of a football field, once crowded with old working-class homes. Then imagine it razed into empty lots of grass and dirt, with nothing left standing except for one home and a couple more abandoned houses slated for demolition.Then imagine five- or six-dozen such fields. That’s what happened in Oakwood Heights.Wikicommons The company offered an average of $65,000 a house in an area where the standard home is pegged at $16,000 and some properties can be had for less than $5,000. People jumped on the deal. Ninety per cent of the 100-acre area has been cleared, with 275 homes demolished and more demolitions scheduled for this year.But not everyone took the money. Some refused for sentimental reasons, others for financial ones. For Mary McKenzie, it was both.The retired school secretary has 19 grandkids. They gather here for holiday dinners, she says, reminiscing about one Christmas when they began decorating the house with an angel collection and lit statues.She also did some math and figured the $64,000 being offered wouldn’t last very long. McKenzie concluded that once she repaid some credits for renovations, and the remaining mortgage, and the loan to add a new roof, porch and windows, she’d have lost the place with the memories without much to show for it.“I wouldn’t have had anything,” McKenzie said. “I kept thinking, ’Where am I gonna go? I’m not going to have any money to buy a house, I’m not going to have money to rent a house.”’Alexander Panetta/Canadian Press DETROIT — It looks like a ghost town, and Canadian oil helped build it.[np_storybar title=”Haunting images at the heart of Detroit’s financial emergency” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/06/haunting-images-at-the-heart-of-detroits-financial-emergency/”%5DOnce a prosperous hub for the American automotive industry, Detroit has seen its neighborhoods abandoned, its properties vandalized, and its homes stripped. This stunning collection of photos documents its decline [/np_storybar]The burned-out, abandoned parcels of property in a west-end Detroit neighbourhood are the reverse image of an oil boom town — a ramshackle yin to the thriving yang of Fort McMurray, Alta.For three-quarters of a century, crude oil has arrived here at the Marathon refinery. Even as this once-bustling, blue-collar area became blighted by crime and neglect like so much of Detroit, the industry survived.So when neighbours started complaining about smells and occasional explosions while the plant was planning a US$2.2-billion expansion to handle the influx of Alberta-type heavy crude, basic economics proffered a solution. The business expanded, and the people were paid to leave.Alexander Panetta/Canadian Press Occasionally, a drug den would be sprayed with gunfire from a rival gang. There were also arsonists, and the neighbourhood was densely populated. So McKenzie said she used to worry around here — but not so much any more.Her grandson, David McKenzie, has mixed feelings about his grandma staying.He wishes she could move to a vibrant neighbourhood, if only the company would offer more. He says when her house was robbed a while back, the police didn’t even show up.But the 32-year-old is attached to this place. Even in its roughest days, he says, nobody messed with his family. Anyone who tried would have come face-to-face with a grandson who’s a robust 6-foot-5, sporting a tattoo collection that’s about 1-foot-6.Alexander Panetta/Canadian Press He describes new and unexpected charms in the area.In this industrial heart of Detroit, on the footsteps of petroleum-coke storage facilities and the Marathon and Ford plants, there’s a bit of an inner-city wildlife ecosystem developing — think Mad Max meets National Geographic.“There’s foxes, possums, raccoons, groundhogs, rabbits. I’m waiting for a deer to walk through here,” David McKenzie said.“I had a hamburger the other day, and (a fox) was coming down, and I threw a hamburger to him, and he looked up at me and gave me a nod…. He looked at me like, ’Where’s the rest of it?”’Now the sound of gunshots is gone. Mary enjoys sitting on the porch, reading, and it’s quieter. In some ways, she says, it’s a bit more like the old days.“There was no place in the city of Detroit, I bet, as quiet as this was (last) New Year’s Eve,” the grandmother says with a chuckle. “It was wonderful. No gunshots, no nothing.”