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Everything we know about FIFA 21 on PS5 & Xbox Series X/S

Published: 27/Oct/2020 13:27 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 17:03

by David Purcell

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FIFA 21 has finally been given a next-gen release date for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and will come out a few weeks after the consoles launch. Here’s everything we know so far, including how to use the new Dual Entitlement feature. 

FIFA 21’s new dual entitlement feature is basically cross-progression between generations of consoles, with “no extra costs.” EA’s new title is expected to arrive a while before all of the next-gen console’s quite vague “holidays” launch window, and this means players won’t have to wait to buy.

“For FIFA 21, we’re partnering with Sony and Microsoft to offer you a Dual Entitlement ⁠— meaning you won’t need to buy FIFA 21 twice to upgrade your copy of the game from PS4 to PS5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X,” EA have confirmed.

The dual-share system won’t bring everything over from a current-generation console to the 2020 releases, however. FIFA Ultimate Team will be spread across both, as will Volta, but all other modes ⁠— including career mode and Pro Clubs ⁠— won’t come across in the jump.

FIFA 21 next-gen release date

EA SPORTS finally announced on October 27 their new release date for FIFA 21 on next-gen console, though it will come quite a way after both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S releases.

The news was revealed on Twitter.

PS5 release date

FIFA 21 will be coming to PS5 on December 4, via the new Dual Entitlement feature and also will be available in stores.

Xbox Series X/S release date

Just like the PS5, FIFA 21 will be released on Xbox Series X/S on December 4.

How to use new FIFA 21 Dual Entitlement feature

The Dual Entitlement feature is super-simple to use. Simply purchase a copy of FIFA 21 on the current-generation console you own, and once you have a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, you’ll have access to the title there too!

There are a few catches, of course. You can’t cross sides in the ongoing console battle and still expect to keep your title ownership. That means, no PS4 to XSX, and no X1 to PS5. Each switch has to be from the same manufacturer.

If you purchase a physical copy of FIFA 21, you will get given a digital entitlement code for the download once you upgrade. This will be tied to the gaming profile that you use in the original copy, so you don’t have two versions of EA’s bumper 2020 release, unfortunately.

Jan Oblak face in FIFA 21
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FIFA 21 players will be diving into the action on next-gen over two weeks after the consoles launch.

There is one bonus part of Dual Entitlement in FIFA 21 too ⁠— the feature will work in the same way as cross-progression in other titles. That means you can use your Ultimate Meta and play the same Volta save on both consoles.

Remember, only FUT and Volta Football will be coming across with you! If you want to play online seasons, co-op seasons, career mode, and pro clubs, you’ll have to stick to the one console for the lifespan of FIFA 21.

Can you play FIFA 21 with backward compatibility?

FIFA Direct Communication spoke out today answering some questions fans have in regards to backwards capabilities for next-generation consoles.

It looks like players are in luck, as yes, it’s been revealed that FIFA 21 will be backwards compatible.  The PS4 Pro will see comparable performance to the PS5, Xbox One S to the Xbox Series S, and Xbox One X if playing on the Xbox Series X.

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Best FIFA 21 Pro Clubs custom tactics & formations

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:01 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 6:25

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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FIFA Pro Clubs players can finally customize their team’s tactics and formations in FIFA 21, but some strategies work better than others. If you want to know what works best and how to do them, we’ve got you covered.

FIFA Pro Clubs has always been a popular mode, but it’s even better in FIFA 21. For the first time ever, players can customize the names and appearances of their AI players. But perhaps more importantly, they can also set up to five preset custom tactics and formations.

It’s a revolutionary feature that gives FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players more control over their team than ever before. Players have been busy trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Their efforts have contributed to the development of meta custom tactics formations, much like in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

Here’s a quick look at some of the best ones we’ve found, and what sort of players they’re best suited to.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players have many different formations, custom tactics, and player instructions at their disposal. However, through trial and error, only a handful of strategies have reigned supreme. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses and are better suited to different playstyles.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 5-2-1-2

This formation is based on a solid five-man defense with a moderate attacking and defensive style. It’s similar to a typical FIFA 21 Ultimate Team meta formation, but it has plenty of room for players to shine.

First, you’ll want to change the player instructions to have the LB and RB stay back. This will keep everything neat and tidy in the backline and stop defenders from being drawn out of position. This should create fewer opportunities for opponents to exploit.

The playstyle itself is simple. You’ll want to hold the fort in the backline, and either attack on the counter or build-up play slowly with a combination of passes.

This formation is all about patience and precision. It’s best suited to players who prefer a calm and composed playstyle. If that sounds like your cup of tea, it can be devastating. It’s most effective with two human-controlled ST players.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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5-2-1-2 is a good choice for FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players who are defensive-minded.

Defending

  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 5 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 4-3-2-1

The 4-3-1-1 formation is more about attacking. However, to compensate, you’ll want to set the Defensive Style to Drop Back and have no more than three bars on depth. This will keep your defense tighter without weakening your attack.

It’s also essential to set the Defensive Position on the LCM and RCM to Cover Center. That way, they’ll never deviate from the center and stray wide, which often creates a lethal opening.

This formation and custom tactic works best with a minimum of three human-controlled players. You’ll want them in the ST, CAM, and CDM positions, so they’ll be heavily involved in the build-up.

If you prefer a faster and more aggressive playstyle without being too exposed in defense, this is a good middle-ground. Not everyone wants to park the bus. FIFA 21 Pro Clubs is all about finding a style that suits you and your team.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players who love attacking will benefit from 4-3-2-1.

Defending

  • Defensive Style: Drop Back
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 3 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 6 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 4-3-3 (Holding)

The 4-3-3 (Holding) formation is simple and effective without needing to change too much. It has a rock-solid foundation in the defense and midfield, but it also lets players with flair and creativity shine on the wings.

It also works particularly well with counter-attacks, but at the same time, it’s vulnerable to them. To make things a little more comfortable in defense, you’ll want to set the Defensive Style to Drop Back.

Other than that, you can pretty much leave everything else as it is. The CDM will need to play a pivotal role in defense, though, so you’ll want to make sure a human-controlled player fills the role.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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4-3-3 (Holding) is arguably the safest 4-3-3 formation in FIFA 21 Pro Clubs.

Defending

  • Defensive Style: Drop Back
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 5 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 3 bars
  • Free kicks: 3 bars

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 4-3-3 (False 9)

The 4-3-3 (False 9) is an excellent alternative to more aggressive 4-3-3 formations. It’s ideal for players who love holding possession. The attack revolves around a deeper-lying CF. He’ll be more involved in the build-up than a typical ST and can help with keeping possession.

This formation works best with a human-controlled LW, CF, and RW. The rest of the team can be AI-controlled, but to make them more competent in defense, you’ll want to set the Player Instructions on the CDM, LB, and RB to Stay Back While Attacking.

You’ll also want to set the CDM’s Defensive Behaviour to Man Mark and Defensive Position to Cover Center. That way, he’ll always remain in the middle and make it significantly harder for your opponents to find a way through.

Last but not least, you can set the goalkeeper to Comes For Crosses in the Saving On Crosses instruction. It will make him save the ball before it finds its way to a target more often than not.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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4-3-3 (False 9) is a wonderful choice for FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players who like keeping possession.

 Defending

  • Defensive Style: Pressure On Heavy Touch
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 5 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 1 bar
  • Free kicks: 1 bar

So, there you have it! Those are the best formation, custom tactics, and instruction combinations that players have been using in FIFA 21 Pro Clubs.

There are likely more as well, so if you have found a masterplan do share it with us @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter.