Unlike Konami, EA Sports is not fielding the B team this year. That means: In 2020, Electronic Arts will also be launching a full part of the football game series. The release of FIFA 21 is getting closer. From October 9th, fans can lace up their virtual soccer shoes, and then all they have to say is – just like “Adi Preißler: It's important on the pitch.
The duel between the giants is far less gigantic this year. While Konami gives the first set a break and instead lets the reserve accrue, EA Sports relies on the Dream Team in the Corona year. From October fans can get started and hit the first balls into the net with FIFA 21. Although the release is only a few months away, some important details are still pending. We have summarized all currently known information about FIFA 21.
FIFA 21 Release: Kick-off is on October 9th
The FIFA 21 release date has already been set. The newest part of the sports game series will be released on October 9th. If you have pre-ordered the game in the Champions or Ultimate Edition, you can start three days earlier on October 6th. Electronic Arts Spiel-Flat subscribers can access the trial version again in advance, starting October 1st this year.
The release of FIFA 21 comes a little later than usual. Electronic Arts usually brings FIFA offshoots onto the market towards the end of September, but due to the Corona crisis, publication has been postponed by a manageable period of time. EA had published a corresponding statement, in which the constant communication with the football partners and clubs was pointed out.
FIFA 21: Gameplay is in short supply
So far, Electronic Arts hasn't been particularly generous when it comes to releasing gameplay from FIFA 21. There is a mix trailer with sequences from the new FIFA offshoot and Maddel NFL 21, which EA ran under the motto "Feel Next Level". The thoroughly entertaining video snippet was shown as part of the EA Play Live.
At least: In addition to some quick tracking shots and the presentation of some messages, there is also a second or two of gameplay to see:
However, it cannot be seen - and also not known - whether the license for the use of Juventus Turin is at the start. Konami had lost the licenses for the traditional Milan clubs AC and Inter Milan at the beginning of July and that via the official website* communicated. What is known, however, is that the licenses for the Spanish Primera División have been extended.
FIFA 21 Crossplay
The topic of crossplay is now being discussed in the majority of video games with an online mode. While Electronic Arts is at least willing to consider crossplay for games like Apex Legends, that's not happening for FIFA right now. While EA confirmed that crossplay will be a "long-term goal" to implement crossplay, FIFA 21 will probably not do so. There is also no news in this regard, according to Electronic Arts on the subject. They are working on the integration, which would be submitted later if such an update was available.
FIFA 21 cover star
Speaking of the cover: who will be featured on it this year? The question of the cover star moves fans around the world. There are rumors, guessing rounds, but so far no definitive information. Electronic Arts will likely name the FIFA 21 cover star in the coming weeks, and there may even be several. That wouldn't be new: EA had already shown Virgil van Dijk, Eden Hazard and Zinedine Zidane on the different editions for FIFA 20.
The trend stars, such as Jaden Sancho or Kylian Mbappé, have good chances, but EA may also surprise with another newcomer. Should Electronic Arts regain the license for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo would also be quite conceivable.
FIFA 21 for the first time on Steam
Many are different in the Corona year, including at FIFA 21. A positive aspect is the new feature that FIFA will be available for PC for the first time via Valve's Steam platform. This follows from the cooperation that Electronic Arts initiated. It has also already been confirmed that FIFA 21 will be released for Google Stadia, but not when it is first released in October, but later in the year.
Fans can of course pre-order FIFA via Electronic Arts' own platform Origin, or in the traditional way in stores. FIFA 21 will be released for the current-gen generation, but also for the next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and Playstation 5. The PC version, however, will correspond to that of the Xbox One and Playstation 4, not the next-gen -Features take into account. Electronic Arts speaks of faster loading times, improved animations, especially in the player movements, which should be much more individual, and the rendering. Pure PC gamers will not be completely satisfied with the decision.
Players who bought the versions for Xbox One or Playstation 4 will also be able to upgrade to the next-gen offshoots free of charge with the release of the new generation of consoles. However, FIFA 21 for Nintendo Switch shows that it can hit players even harder – the game will be released again for the hybrid console as a “Legacy Edition”, so basically it will only be the update that Konami is relying on for PES this year.
There are three editions of FIFA 21: In addition to the standard version for around 60 to 70 euros, the more expensive Champions Edition and the even more expensive Ultimate Edition are coming onto the market. Depending on the version, different goodies are included. Standard pre-orders include three gold packs, a cover star gimmick for Ultimate Team, a star player and a few other FUT items. The Champions Edition is packed correspondingly more richly, players then receive, for example, twelve gold packs and a bonus for the career mode. The Ultimate Edition, which by the way will only be available until August 14th, contains 24 gold packs and an exclusive bonus item.
Here is the new one FIFA 21 Reveal Trailer.
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