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FIFA 21 demo canceled: EA explain why they scrapped franchise tradition

Published: 22/Sep/2020 3:43 Updated: 22/Sep/2020 6:33

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have announced they will not be releasing a FIFA 21 demo this year, despite the publisher’s tradition of dropping a ‘try-before-you-buy’ tester for the football title ahead of every modern release in the FIFA franchise.

The shock decision not to ship an early demonstration version of the 2020 game is due, in part, to EA’s crunch-time rush on getting the main game ready. The team will be focusing on FIFA 21’s final development steps, EA revealed.

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“We aren’t releasing a demo for FIFA 21,” the publishers announced on Sep 21. “Instead we’ve made the decision to focus our development team’s time on delivering the best full game experience for current and next-gen consoles.”

FIFA 21 will still have a form of early access, however; players will be able to get their hands on the 2020 release ten days early through EA Play.

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The demo’s cancellation comes after FIFA 21 was already delayed multiple times behind the scenes in the build-up to release. 

The new FIFA title was originally penned in for a September release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It was held back due to development problems caused by the ongoing global pandemic.

EA’s decision to can the FIFA 21 demo marks the first time in the franchise’s modern history that it will launch without a tester version. FIFA’s trial demos are usually made available three to four weeks before the official title release date.

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FIFA demos give players the chance to play kick-offs matches with some of the highest-rated clubs. Last year players could choose between Liverpool, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Borussia Dortmund.

FIFA 21 will still have an 'EA Play' early access mode released a week early.
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FIFA 21 will still have an ‘EA Play’ early access mode released a week early.

The 2020 demo may have been canceled, but FIFA 21’s early access model ⁠— which recently was renamed to “EA Play” ⁠— is still full steam ahead.

FIFA fans can access the title over a week early through EA Play, and have 10 hours to play the full game. EA Play is expected to be released on October 1.

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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

FIFA 21 TOTW 2
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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, updates, leaks, guides, and more.