I Will Buy FIFA 22 Just For This One Just-Announced Gimmick

The Deuce as a FUT Hero? Sign me up.

Earlier this year, I swore off FIFA Ultimate Team. I became sick with the meta of FUT and the feeling of being cheated by the game. But just when I thought I was out, they’re pulling me right back in.

On Friday, Clint Dempsey dropped this little video, announcing he’ll be a part of the FUT Heroes lineup available in FIFA 22 at launch. I will 100 percent buy a game just to play as a fisherman who moonlights as the greatest male soccer player Texas has ever produced. 

EA Sports unveiled its FUT Heroes on Friday, including the Deuce and a number of memorable footballers who were great but not quite good enough to be given Icon cards. Each hero comes with a cool comic-book cover illustration featuring their nickname.

Clint Dempsey FIFA 22

Image courtesy EA Sports.

Dempsey retired in 2018 after heart issues threatened his career. He’s had two heart surgeries, but the condition isn’t considered life-threatening, and now the Deuce spends his days “making babies, hunting, fishing, golfing and being an Uber driver for these kids.” Dempsey retired as the USMNT’s all-time leading scorer, tied with Landon Donovan with 57. 

Dempsey’s stats won’t knock your socks off, but you can’t beat a FUT card reveal with the star driving a boat in the background.

Clint Dempsey FIFA 22

 

The list of heroes in FIFA 22 includes Mario Gomez, Tim Cahill, Diego Milito, Jorge Campos, Fernando Morientes, Sami Al-Jaber, Robbie Keane, Abedi Pele, Lars Ricken, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Antonio Di Natale and Iván Córdoba. OGS may have the coolest comic-book cover of them all, though I’m not sure why he has a target on his chest.

Clint Dempsey FIFA 22

Image courtesy EA Sports.

FIFA 22 comes out Oct. 1. Basically all of the new features will only be available on next-gen consoles (PS5, Xbox Series X) and not PC or last-gen consoles, so it’s hard to suggest you actually buy the latest installment unless you own a new console, especially when eFootball (formerly PES) has gone free-to-play.

Then again, who doesn’t want to play as Clint Dempsey without pulling out an old copy of FIFA? Maybe next year they can get him as a commentator

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