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EA SPORTS unveil FIFA 21 Ultimate Team next-gen plans

Published: 11/Aug/2020 15:37

by Connor Bennett


EA SPORTS have laid out their plans for FIFA 21 Ultimate Team’s move to next-gen which will include cross-gen markets for Xbox Series X and PS5, but not cross-gen or cross-platform play. 

Each year, when the build-up to the next FIFA game starts to rumble on, fans get excited by pretty much everything that EA unveils. This year, with FIFA 21, things are a little different because of the Xbox Series X and PS5.


The game will initially launch on October 9 for Xbox One and PS4, with the next-gen consoles not expected to launch until the following month. That switch has got FIFA fans wondering about a number of things.

Most notable, their questions have revolved around Ultimate Team and whether or not they’ll have to start from scratch when the new consoles arrive. Though, EA has finally given us some insight.

FIFA 21 EA SPORTS Dual Entitlement
The FIFA 21 Dual Entitlement program means you won’t have to pay for a new copy of FIFA on next-gen consoles.

Will FIFA 21 Ultimate Team have cross-progression?

Following their Ultimate Team trailer reveal on August 10, the FIFA devs held a Q and A session on their direct communications Twitter account. 

Quick off the bat, they announced that yes, just like with FIFA 14 and the move from Xbox 360 and PS3 to Xbox One and PS4, your progression will carry over. 

So, you won’t have to worry about cards or coins disappearing into thin air and having all your progression lost. You just need to make sure that your EA SPORTS account is up to date and linked to the platform of your choosing. 


Is FIFA 21’s transfer market cross-gen?

As for a potential cross-gen transfer market, fans have opinions both ways about how they could go. 

EA have now confirmed that, yes, this will be a thing. So, any cards listed on Xbox One or PS4 will be available for purchase for players on Xbox Series X and PS5. Will this affect the prices? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Will FIFA 21 matches be cross-gen on PS5 & Xbox Series X?

One thing that certainly won’t be cross-gen, though, is the gameplay. The devs have confirmed that FIFA 21 Ultimate Team matches will only be played on the same gen.


So, if you own a PS5 and you try to play a friend on PS4, that can’t happen. You’d either have to step down to PS4 or they’d have to make the switch up to PS5. This is unlikely to change later down the line either. 

Add in the fact that EA’s dual entitlement program will allow players to make the next-gen switch without having to buy another copy of FIFA 21, and all the big questions are answered about next-gen.


As the devs continue to rattle out their reveals of new information, be sure to keep your eyes peeled to @UltimateTeamUK for the latest news and updates.


How to complete Axel Witsel Flashback SBC in FIFA 21: cheapest solutions

Published: 13/Oct/2020 22:04

by Bill Cooney


A new Flashback Squad Building Challenge for Axel Witsel is now available in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team (FUT) and we have all the info you need to complete the SBC quickly and as cheaply as possible.

SBCs a consistent way to upgrade your Ultimate Team squad in FIFA with limited-time rewards and cards, if you have the coins to complete them. With the 2021 season still in its early stages, they can also provide a very decent boost to your team.


This latest is a Flashback challenge celebrating the early stages of Witsel’s career as an attacking-minded midfielder with an 86 OVR card for the Borussia Dortmund and Belgium star.

If you want to get your hands on it, you’ll need to complete the accompanying SBC which is, fair warning, pretty pricey. However, if you are in the market for an upgrade at midfield, it is a decent option to consider.


Axel Witsel Flashback SBC stats

Axel Witsel's Flashback SBC stats
EA Sports
Stats for Axel Witsel’s Flashback SBC reward card.

Witsel’s stats are on point for an 86 overall rated; dribbling and shooting are his two highest stats at 86 each, but shooting isn’t too shabby either at 83.

As an “attacking-minded” midfielder, it makes sense Defending is his lowest stat at 74, but even that should be decent enough to hold together against similarly-ranked opponents. In reality, you could get away with using him as a box-to-box CM as well.

Axel Witsel Flashback SBC requirements, solutions, cost

There are three required challenges to complete if you want to grab Witsel’s Flashback card, definitely something to consider before you dive head-first into building all the different squads.



  • Number of players from Dortmund: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Gold Players Pack


  • Number of players from Bundesliga: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Premium Electrum Players Pack

Top Form

  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  •  Team Chemistry: Min 50
  •  Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Premium Mixed Players Pack

In total, this SBC will run you anywhere from 150,000 to 175,000 FUT coins, depending on which platform you play on. To make things even easier, we’ve got some simple, cheap solutions for each one below that also don’t require any loyalty to complete.

BVB solution

Axel W BVB solution
A cheap solution to Axel Witsel’s BVB challenge in FIFA 21.

Bundesliga solution

Axel W Bundesliga solution
Another cheap solution to Axel Witsel’s Bundesliga challenge in FIFA 21.

Top Form solution

Axel Witsel Top Form SBC
One more affordable solution for Axel Witsel’s Top Form challenge in FIFA 21.

Even with the requirements, prices, and stats for Witsel’s Flashback SBC, it’s still up to you whether or not to spend the time, effort, and FUT coins to pick it up. Whatever way you go though, be sure to choose before it expires on October 22.

As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FUT news, updates, and solutions as we keep going into FIFA 21.