With the start of the new year, the next iteration of our annual releases come into focus. The international player base is now aiming attention towards the next edition of the popular football franchise from EA Sports - FIFA 21.
Over the next year, there will be plenty of news about the gameplay in Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs and Career Mode as well as information about, new Icons, when you can play the beta, web app, demo, early access, cover star and more. Here's everything we know so far.
Despite a lot of time left in the FIFA 20 game cycle, the community is already sending in their requests on what FIFA 21 can do to improve on the last edition of the game.
Here's everything we know about FIFA 21.
Why The PS5 and Xbox Series X Will Make FIFA 21 The Best In The Series
The PS5 and Xbox Series X hype is at an all-time high and one of the debut titles likely to launch on both consoles is FIFA 21.
With new hardware comes new opportunities and an opportunity to refresh the game - there was a massive jump up technically when FIFA transitioned to the current generation of consoles in FIFA 14.
So how can the next-generation of consoles improve FIFA and make it the best in the series? Find out here!
FIFA 21 Release Date
As always with a FIFA title, fans of the game can expect a release date to be towards the end of September.
FIFA 20 was released on September 27th 2019, so expect FIFA 21 to be released around the same time (the last week of that month).
It's likely to release on a Friday as a global launch title, meaning we could see it on the 25th September 2020.
If you decide to get an upgraded edition of the game, it is likely that you will be able to play at least three days early, putting the release on September 22nd.
Our first information should arrive at E3 2020.
Ahead of the release of any FIFA game, fans often anticipate the release of the web app in order to begin making those all-important FUT coins as early as humanly possible.
Typically, the web app for FIFA is released approximately ten days before the release of the game.
Players can access the app and begin trading FUT players in order to have the best possible team as the game is released.
EA Access & Early Access
EA Access members usually receive ten hours of gameplay on the full release of the game way before the full game is in the hands of the general public.
For FIFA 20, Access members were able to begin their ten hours on September 19th 2019 so expect it to be around the same time for FIFA 21.
Alongside getting some early game time, being an EA Access member also gets you a discount on FIFA Points.
Handy if you decide to invest some money into creating your ultimate team.
Before the demo is released, there is another way of getting a sneak peek at what the next FIFA game will be like.
Invites for the closed beta are expected to be sent out to those lucky few anytime between July 25th and August 7th so don’t forget to check your emails!
The beta for FIFA 20 was available for 13 days in August, allowing players to test game modes such as FUT, Volta Football and Career Mode.
It is likely that the beta will be available for players around this time this year for access to the FIFA 21 beta.
The demo is the first chance for fans to get their hands on the new game.
The demo for FIFA 20 was available to download on September 10th, a whole 17 days prior to the release of the full game.
As always with a demo, fans can expect it to be released around the same time and feature the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and FC Barcelona.
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