Ultimate Team is the biggest mode in FIFA these days, meaning every potential new detail is swarmed over like the Crunchie stand at an international bumblebee convention.
Premier League side Crystal Palace’s players probably didn’t consider this on a tour of developer EA Canada’s Vancouver studio to see FIFA 17 last week.
Images shared by various players on Instagram – which were swiftly deleted after the fact, but not before they'd gone viral – show wingers Yannick Bolasie and Andros Townsend studying a large cut-out card depicting fellow wideman Wilfried Zaha on a gold background.
NEW FIFA 17 LEAK! Clear view of the FUT 17 Rare Gold card design! https://t.co/PEfjnu0drp #FIFA17 #FUT17 pic.twitter.com/rGPbTozFf0July 19, 2016
The card contains no ratings, but almost certainly confirms the designs for FUT in FIFA 17. With the game a couple of months off release, there's no way such a key element is still being meddled with.
Bolasie and Townsend were on a tour of the studio with team-mates Hiram Boateng and Luke Croll.
The news comes in the wake of confirmation that German midfielder Marco Reus will be this year’s worldwide FIFA 17 cover star.
For a detailed look at FIFA 17, have a read of my extensive hands-on preview.
FIFA 17 is out on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on 29 September.
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