FIFA 21 Early Access Guide COUNTDOWN: Release Date, Time, EA Play Access Price, Web App Details And Everything You Need To Know
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FIFA 21 Early Access Guide COUNTDOWN: Release Date, Time, EA Play Access Price, Web App Details And Everything You Need To Know

Matt Thomas
1 October 2020

Early Access is set to be kicking off for FIFA 21 in the next couple of months, check out all the various stages of Early Access with all the release dates here!

FIFA 21 Early Access is now live for everyone to enjoy!

Last night's web app release allowed players to get their first taste of what Ultimate Team has to offer and today the early access will go live!

With the first batch of TOTW cards popping up in-game, you'll be eager to spend some of your FIFA points and get the best possible start.

Now that we're gearing up for Early Access and just like last year, players will get to put their skills to the test in this year's iteration of the popular football title.

Here's what you need to know.

Click the links below to read more about early access:

Latest News

FIFA 21 Early Access Is Now Live - 1st October

The Early Access is now live and the size of the file is 42GB

Release Date And Time

The EA Play early access period kicks off on the 1st October 2020 - it went live at 4pm BST.

This is based on last year's launch time.

EA Play Prices

EA Play is available as a monthly, or yearly subscription to members, with the following plans available.

  • EA Play (PS4/Xbox/PC)
    • Monthly: £3.99 / $4.99
    • Yearly: £19.99 / $29.99
  • EA Play Pro (PC)
    • Monthly: £14.99 / $14.99
    • Yearly: £89.99 / $99.99

What Is EA Play? 

For those that aren’t familiar with how EA Access worked before being rebranded as EA Play, it’s an EA membership that allows users to try out brand new EA games before launch, including FIFA 21, play tons of top EA titles whenever they want (typically older games), as well as allowing members to save 10% on EA digital purchases, be it pre-orders or in-game transactions.

EA Play continues all of those features, with the extra addition of new in-game, exclusive rewards for members.

10 Hour FIFA 21 Trial

EA Play Members will be eligible for a 10 hour trial of the full release version of FIFA 21 around a week before the full release of the game, with many outlets rumouring this to be around October 1st.

A couple of things to note, are that you don’t need to have a pre-ordered the full edition of the game to play the 10-hour full-game trial, and any progress made in modes such as Career Mode, Volta, Pro Clubs and Ultimate Team will carry over to the full version when released.

FIFA Points

Every year, for the first time logging into the new FUT on the console, if you have FIFA Points outstanding on the previous edition of the game, you have the one-time option to transfer those points onto the new game.

This is especially useful if you’ve previously purchased FIFA Points on the older edition of the game, perhaps in preparation for the new season, or have them leftover for whatever reason.

A few things to note:

  • You can only transfer FIFA Points between games on the console. You can’t transfer FIFA Points between 20 and 21 via the web app or companion apps.
  • You can only transfer between games on the same console. You can’t transfer FIFA Points from FIFA 20 on PS4 to FIFA 21 on Xbox etc.
  • The transfer is one-way and irreversible. You can only transfer once from FIFA 20 to FIFA 21, you can’t transfer points from FIFA 21 to FIFA 20.

Given that FIFA Points can be rather costly, you’ll definitely want to look at getting some discounts through various means if you can, and there are a couple of ways you can do this!

Purchase Through EA Access

For those that purchase EA Access, you’ll not only receive a 10 hour period of early access to the full FIFA 21 game, but you’ll also have a 10% discount on all other transactions, including FIFA Point purchases, but also purchases of the full game!

PSN/Xbox Card Vouchers

There are plenty of ways in which you can get slightly discounted PSN/Xbox cards and vouchers online, so make sure to do your research and shop around!

Web App

The FUT 21 Web App is now live and released on Wednesday 30th September 2020 at 6pm BST.

The FUT 21 Web App can be accessed here.

TOTW #1

TOTW 1 will be released in time for the Web Apps launch, so be sure to use your packs wisely!

Read everything you need to know about TOTW #1 here.

FIFA 21 Rewards

A big new feature to EA Play in the rebrand is the ability for members to “unlock exclusive rewards and member-only content.” 

While the exact FIFA 21 rewards aren’t entirely set in stone, members have been advertised rewards including:

  • Start of Season XP Boosts
  • Recurring FUT kits and stadium customisation item rewards throughout the season.

As the year rolls on though, expect further rewards such as coins and packs to be dropped for EA Play Members.

Full Access to Past EA Titles

EA Play members also get access to a collection of EA’s best-loved games. 

While this won’t include the latest releases, unless you’re an EA Play Pro member (only available on PC), expect a number of fan favourite titles from Need For Speed, Battlefield, Star Wars and FIFA to be available.

10% Discount on Digital Purchases

EA Play also provides members with a 10% discount on digital purchases, be it through pre-order bonuses or FIFA Point discounts in FIFA 21.

For those that like to spend on FIFA Points, definitely consider joining EA Play, as the discount on FIFA Points alone will likely pay for the subscription itself after a few transactions.

Champions/Ultimate Edition

Release Date: October 6th

Finally, the last “Early Access” opportunity you’ll be able to receive is through purchasing the Champions and Ultimate Editions. This will grant you full access to the game 3 days before the full standard edition global release on the 9th and is a great time to get a small headstart ahead of the competition on all modes across FIFA.

Tips For Early Release

As with any new FIFA, the key is to get acclimated to the new gameplay mechanics and nuances as early as possible, to give you the best chance at top finishes in FUT, as well as other modes.

This is the part where you just have to play, and play, and play some more, so have fun, enjoy that new FIFA feeling, and get grinding towards your goals, whether that be a FUT Road to Glory, Division 1 Pro Clubs, or that World Class Career Mode save.

Pitch Notes

EA posted a new set of pitch notes in the leadup to early access. 

This is what they had to say regarding it: 

FUT 21 kicks off with Early Access for EA Play members starting October 1. If you pre-ordered the Champions or Ultimate Edition of FIFA 21, access will begin on October 6, three days ahead of worldwide launch on October 9. During Early Access players can earn special rewards including:

  • Pre-Launch Objectives with the chance to earn a special Early Access Reward Pack, which includes an untradeable 80-84 OVR Player Pick and a 10 game loan Team Of The Week (TOTW) Player.
  • Team of the Week 1 highlighting the best performing players from the world of football, available for a limited time.
  • The launch of Season Objectives 1: In addition to more time in Season 1, EA Play members will also get a Season XP boost to help them on their way to level 30 rewards.
  • Experience Live FUT Friendlies first with the Three Nations Themed Live FUT Friendly challenge.
  • The first opportunity to experience Events with a head start in the Humans vs. Machine community event. Complete the Humans vs. Machine Objectives group to earn an untradeable Prime Electrum players pack.

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