Electronic Arts has confirmed the obvious: FIFA 21 is coming our way later this year, and it will be landing on both current and next-generation consoles.
Further details were unveiled during EA Play 2020 which included the return of Volta, Ultimate Team and a number of other features fans will likely be expecting.
With more information emerging on a regular basis, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about FIFA 21 including all the latest news, gameplay, teams, cover star and more.
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FIFA 21 Release date – when is it coming out?
Electronic Arts has announced that FIFA 21 will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 9, 2020. The release date for PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will likely emerge once we know exactly when the consoles are due.
Unfortunately for PC players, EA has said it will be the PS4 and Xbox One versions, not the one planned for next-gen machines, that lands in October. That’s a bummer, but a patch will hopefully arrive later this year to make the PC version’s graphics match the new consoles’.
Owners of the game on last-gen machines will be eligible for “Dual Entitlement” which essentially means you’re allowed to upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X version for free. Just remember, you’ll need to do it before the release of FIFA 22, otherwise the offer is forfeit.
FIFA 21 trailer – How does it look?
We are yet to receive an in-depth trailer focusing specifically on FIFA 21, but Electronic Arts has released a montage of sorts, which focuses on its library of sporting titles and how they will take advantage of next-gen consoles. Check it out below:
FIFA 21 cover star – who is it?
Kylian Mbappé has been officially announced as the cover star for FIFA 21, gracing the football sim’s vast number of editions with a rather unconventional vision compared to previous entries. We’re not entirely on board with it ourselves, but we can’t fault Electronic Arts for being experimental.
Check it out for yourself below:
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“Being on the cover of FIFA is a dream come true. From my time at Bondy to Clairefontaine to the World Cup, this marks another big milestone. I’ve been playing this game since I was a kid and I am honored to represent a whole new generation of footballers and be in the same group as many other amazing footballers who I now share this honor with.” – Kylian Mbappé
FIFA 21 Gameplay and Features – What’s new?
Details on FIFA 21 are rather light right now beyond a few light confirmations by Electronic Arts. The likes of Volta, Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode and Pro Clubs will be returning, although you won’t be able to transfer any progress to the upcoming consoles if you decide to upgrade.
Beyond this, Electronic Arts has been very coy about FIFA 21, opting to share a bunch of marketing jargon regarding the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions and how they will “revolutionise” the world of football sims. Haptic feedback on controllers means you’ll “sense” the impact of each dribble, tackle and shot like never before. Or so they say.
“A new DualSense controller on PlayStation 5 with rich and responsive haptic feedback deepens the gameplay experience letting you feel the rhythm of the game in your hands,” explains EA. It also touches upon “blazing fast loading times” which mean you’ll “never lose focus as stadium environments will load with unprecedented speed, letting you get to the kick-off in seconds.”
We’ll be sure to update you once more definitive details are released regarding FIFA 21, with Electronic Arts promising that it will delve into specifics surrounding Career Mode, Volta and Ultimate Team in August. Release is still a handful of months away, so there’s plenty of time to learn more.