PSG and France strike Kylian Mbappé can add a "FIFA Soccer" cover appearance to his trophy cabinet.
"I've been playing this game since I was a kid and I am honoured to represent a whole new generation of footballers and be in the same group as many other amazing footballers who I now share this honour with," World Cup and Ligue 1 winner Kylian Mbappé said upon the unveiling of the "FIFA 21" cover treatment.
Mbappé began his career playing in the youth setup at AS Bondy in a suburb north east of Paris, before joining French top flight team Monaco and then, in 2018, transferring to loan side Paris Saint-Germain for a fee worth up to €180m (around $165m USD at the time).
He was one of the soccer stars to feature in a joint mid-June trailer for "FIFA 21" and "Madden NFL 21", and will be emblazoned across the covers of all three editions for the soccer game.
A full official reveal trailer for "FIFA 21" is due July 23.
"FIFA 21" is due October 9, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, with Ultimate Edition ownership allowing access from October 6, though players will be paying $99 rather than $59 for the privilege.
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Stadia versions have also been announced, though not yet dated, and a Nintendo Switch edition will contain roster and team kit updates, but none of the other versions' new features.
Traditional rival "Pro Evolution Soccer" or "PES", which was in 2019 rebranded as "eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer", has this year opted to limit itself to what, like "FIFA 21"'s Switch edition, is effectively a season update.
The intention is to give the "PES" team time to transfer over to a different game development suite, the Unreal Engine, for "PES 2022".
It's a widely used game engine relied upon by all manner of games from "Fortnite" and "Valorant" to "Minecraft: Dungeons" and the "SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom" remaster.
Consequently, the "eFootball PES 2021 Season Update" will retail for half of "FIFA 21"'s price and launch on September 15.