FIFA 22 is the next instalment in the fabled sports franchise.
With FIFA 21 already seemingly getting stale, despite big events like TOTY arriving in Ultimate Team, players are already looking ahead to what's coming.
The game is immensely popular, year on year, even with the limited changes that occur.
This year's title was hindered by the global pandemic, even though it was ushering in a new set of consoles.
So will the next game be different? Will there be any significant changes?
Here's what we know about FIFA 22.
We're expecting FIFA 22 to release on the 24th September 2021 for Standard Edition owners.
Meaning that Early-Access will release on the 21st of September 2021 for Champions and Ultimate Edition owners.
EA Play access is usually granted up to 1 week before release.
Last year, the game fully released on the 9th of October.
There is no trailer for FIFA 22, but the first trailer is usually released in June - coinciding with E3.
The FIFA 21 trailer released in July at EA Play Live instead due to the COVID-19 issue.
Check out the FIFA 21 trailer for an idea of what you can expect from the reveal trailer.
The gameplay doesn't tend to change massively year after year, but subtle tweaks can ultimately have big changes to the way players play.
There was a lot of disgruntled players that had an issue with the unrealistic defending mechanics. With the AI doing a lot of tackling for players, automatic blocks and the inability to make a tackle without winning the ball.
Pace seemed to cause a number of issues for players, never actually being representative of a player's actual pace.
Not to mention counter-attack and drop back tactics proving to be far too powerful and frustrating to break down.
Hopefully, these are issues that will be sorted out this year.
It's too early to know what features will be added to the game and what will be changed.
Here are some ideas that EA could look at for the new game.
Could we be getting a new engine?
The game continued to play on the Frostbite Engine - but with new technology at their disposal, this usually spells change for the engine in FIFA.
Due to the COVID-19 issue last year, EA opted not to change the engine and continue with what it had.
It's a general consensus in the FIFA community that the current engine is causing more harm than good and a new Engine would be a welcome change.
Dedicated Co-op FUT Mode
Adding Co-op to FUT was a genius move from EA, but it's currently interwoven into the single-player mode.
Meaning you can get unfair matches and players can benefit from rewards they wouldn't normally be able to obtain.
Creating a dedicated co-op experience, potentially with shared assets, would be a welcome addition.
This year, it seemed far too easy for casual players to quickly amount coins and rewards with little effort.
While those that work hard and consistently reach a top tier in the standings fail to get rewards fitting of their stature.
I'm sure EA have done this to stop the power curve going in the favour of the top players, but the grind to get top players quickly fades and the skill gap is lessened.
It also makes it more difficult for new players to get into the game as they are so far behind.
It's likely we'll receive up to 10 new Icons - last year 11 new additions were added including Eric Cantona, Petr Čech, Ashley Cole, Samuel Eto'o, Philipp Lahm, Ferenc Puskás, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Davor Šuker, Fernando Torres, Nemanja Vidić, and Xavi.
Early Access And EA Play
Players can get their hands on the full game through EA Play's Early Access programme.
We're expecting it to go live on the 16th September 2021.
Last year, early access was granted on the 1st of October 2020.
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
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.
Last year, FIFA 21 did not receive a demo - a mistake EA will want to avoid.
As always with a demo, fans can expect at least 6 partnered EA teams to feature.
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.
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 released a few days before the release of the game.
We're anticipating the App to release on the 17th September and the Mobile App one day after.
Last year, the App released on the 30th September 2020.
FUT 21 Mobile Companion App released on Thursday 1st October 2020 at 6PM BST.