EA is looking for an Online Software Engineer to help build a “Network Game Development Team”.

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FIFA 22 could finally be the first game in the franchise to include a fully online career mode, according to the wording of a new job posting.

First discovered by TechRadar, EA is apparently looking for an online software engineer to help put together a “network game development team”. EA also lists a number of FIFA online services, which include a mysterious nod to an “online career mode”. Career mode in past and present FIFA titles is an offline experience, suggesting that FIFA 22 career mode may implement some sort of online functionality.

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Fans of FIFA Career Mode have long been unhappy with the way EA treats the mode, accusing the publisher of devoting more and more resources to its Ultimate Team mode. From a purely business perspective, this is quite understandable considering that it is probably the biggest source of money for the business. However, this list of jobs implies that FIFA 22’s Career mode could finally give players the option to play an entire season with a friend.

EA implementing cooperative / competitive seasons in FIFA 22 is not the most unlikely scenario, especially considering F1 2021 is doing the same in the very first F1 title released by EA after its acquisition of Codemasters. It would certainly shake up Career Mode a bit, and might even convince players who don’t typically buy every iteration of FIFA to take their chances on FIFA 22 if it introduced such a long-requested feature.

It’s also possible that this new “online career mode” is a standalone mode rather than a built-in element of the existing career mode we know and love. Either way, it’s interesting to know that EA has something special to prepare for FIFA players who might not like Ultimate Team, especially since EA recently promised to do so with next-gen iterations of its sports titles.

Whatever EA is planning to introduce in FIFA 22, chances are we will find out during EA Play Live which is slated for July 22. The publisher announced some time ago that it would skip E3 in favor of its own digital storefront, but are still present at E3 this year thanks to the upcoming Battlefield 6 reveal event.

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