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FIFA 21 confirmed details: Release date, Ultimate Team, Career, more

by David Purcell

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A shed load of FIFA 21 news is in the works for players, as Ultimate Team, Career Mode, and other modes are set to receive major changes in 2020. So, let's take a look at everything we know about FIFA 21 so far, including release date, FUT Web App, demo, closed beta, and more. 

The game's actual reveal was put on hold for a few more days than expected, when developers revealed their EA Play would be delayed slightly because of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the EA Play event did go ahead on June 18, giving fans their first droplets of official FIFA 21 information.

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Here, we've compiled every shred of information you could want ahead of its release later in 2020, and you can skip to whichever section you like using the contents page below. This page will also be regularly updated with fresh details, as soon as they are made available.

Contents:

FIFA 21 release date

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FIFA 21's release isn't far away now.

October 9, 2020 has been set as an initial release date but, given everything happening in the world, this could be set to shift slightly. Regardless FIFA 21 should be with us in October.

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According to the developers, EA Access will start up on October 1, meaning the demo should be available even sooner. Pre-orders for Ultimate Edition or Champions Edition will also come with a three day early pass, as well.

Will FIFA 21 be on next-gen consoles? Xbox Series X & PS5

FIFA 21 is expected to be released on both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in 2020, with both next-generation consoles due to launch during the "holiday" season.

Furthermore, EA have confirmed a 'dual entitlement' feature, which will allow players to upgrade to the next-gen version completely for free, provided they have purchased a current-gen version. They will be able to take all their players, teams, and achievements with them.

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FIFA 21 trailer

EA SPORTS have already revealed the first proper trailer of the FIFA 21 cycle centering around Kylian Mbappe and his fellow FIFA ambassadors.

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dortmund's Erlin Haaland, and Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix all feature, while legendary French attacker Eric Cantona voices over. On top of that, we even got Cantona's reveal as a brand-new icon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuLAn9adQpI

How much will FIFA 21 be?

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The FIFA 21 Ultimate edition is bound to be the most expensive.

FIFA 21 pricing is likely to fall in line with that of last year's, and will vary depending on the edition of the game you wish to buy. According to prices from FIFA 20, which is a solid guide to go off, the standard edition would be $59.99 (£39.99), Champions edition would be $79.99 (£59.99), and Ultimate edition will be $99.99 (£79.99).

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If you're wondering about the differences between each of these, you can find them here. Otherwise, the standard edition is usually released last, with the other two allowing players to get their hands on FUT, Career Mode, and other modes for a few days prior.

FIFA 21 pre-order details

Those who wish to pre-order FIFA 21 will be able to get the game three days in advance, and those are the Champions and Ultimate editions we've just discussed.

Pre-orders can be completed in FIFA 20, actually, by heading over to the "Pre-order FIFA 21" screen. Clicking there will take you to your console store, according to FIFPLAY, and will also grant you a 10% discount on the price as well. Not bad for a few clicks work.

How to get FIFA 21 closed beta

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The FIFA 21 beta will grant access to one of the game modes available.

Trying to get everything much earlier than everybody else is obviously every FIFA players' dream, although in the case of the closed beta, codes are granted at random.

As stated in our guide on how to get a code, for FIFA 20, these codes are not transferable and we expect that to stay the same for FIFA 21 as well. It's likely to be released around August 9, 2020. These codes will be sent out via email and will grant access to just one game mode from the new title.

FIFA 21 demo

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Liverpool and Real Madrid were included in last year's demo.

The demo for FIFA 21 is set to be made available from around September 8, 2020, and will roll out on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms.

This will give players a good idea of what's changed, right off the bat, but is never really a finished article. The teams included in the demo version last year were the following:

  • Liverpool FC
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Paris Saint Germain

However, while some of these teams might be used again, EA does like to throw a few different squads in each year so that you can experience a few of the best players early.

FIFA 21 FUT Web App & Companion App

Login screen for FIFA 20 Web App
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Playing FIFA is never restricted to just your console or PC, and nobody knows that better than FUT Web App and Companion App users.

Long before FIFA 21's release date, these two applications will go live and allow players to build their Ultimate Team's from the word go – with a load of rewards included in daily drops, just for logging in. You can also open packs on these apps, as soon as the game is available to play. For more details on these two, read here.

In the absence of a confirmed release date, an estimated guess would be around September 30, 2020.

FIFA 21 EA Access

The demo version should give us an idea of how gameplay has shifted, but the real thing to wait around for will be EA Access.

The monthly subscription service grants players access to a number of games for free, as part of its online library, but the real prize is 10 hours of FIFA 21 before anyone else (without a subscription) has even seen the game.

These hours can be spent on any game mode you like, with FUT, Career Mode, and others being made available around the time of September 28, 2020.

FIFA 21 cover stars

FIFA 21 game cases with Kylian Mbappe on the front
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These are the game cases for FIFA 21 Standard Edition, Champions Edition, and Ultimate Edition.

As already noted, Kylian Mbappe is the sole FIFA cover star for this year. There had been rumors that he would be joined by a few other players, but the PSG star is all by himself.

When you finally get into the FIFA 21 menus, Mbappe won't be the only face you see. Alexander-Arnold, Joao Felix, and Haaland will feature in the same way Vinicius Jr did in FIFA 20.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team: New features and ICONs

EA have confirmed that FIFA 21 will have 100 Icons. That's right, 100. This an increase of 12 on the roster that FIFA 20 had, but who knows just how many of them will carry over.

Eric Cantona, as we've already said, is the first new confirmed legend but there have been rumors about Samuel Eto'o and Xavi as well. Though, for confirmed details, you'll want to check out our hub here.

Eric Cantona in FIFA 21
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Eric Cantona was unveiled as part of the FIFA 21 trailer.

A list as long as your arm could easily be put together by FIFA players to fill the remaining spots for players from the past that deserve selection. Although, our predictions have been narrowed down to the following seven...

FIFA 21 ICON predictions

  • Gordon Banks
  • Phillip Lahm
  • Lucio
  • Arjen Robben
  • Edgar Davids
  • Ferenc Puskas

FIFA 21 player ratings

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Player ratings is an interesting one, because there are so many different players to compare, and narrowing down the top 10 for every division can be a real test.

FIFA 21 players will no doubt be looking for the fastest, skillful, strongest and most lethal cards in Ultimate Team when the game comes out, but ratings are even useful to know for Career Mode and online seasons as well. We've comprised a list of predictions for all of Europe's elite leagues – including the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 – in our full predictions breakdown for FIFA 21 ratings.

Based on what we've seen in the 19/20 campaign, we've gone with Robert Lewandowski, Neymar Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, and Lionel Messi to be the highest rated in their respective divisions. As normal, EA SPORTS will likely reveal the top 100 base ratings at some stage, and once we have that we'll be sure to let you know how our projections matched up.

FIFA 21 Career Mode

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FIFA 21 players will be hoping for some big work to go into Career Mode this year.

Anyone who played Career Mode in FIFA 20's early days will know it  didn't get off to the best of starts, with a bug completely ruining the mode from EA Access and right through the first few weeks. This glitch forced the AI teams to field very weak squads, to the point where you could probably win the Premier League with a League 1 side – or at least give the top four a run for their money. Many were fielding their U23s.

With that being said, a revamp is in order for Career in FIFA 21 – with visual sim making its return. We'll get more details in August, too.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs

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Just like Career Mode, Pro Clubs is one of them that isn't really a money-maker, especially if you compare it to Ultimate Team. Nothing compares.

Nevertheless, those who are interested in what's coming next for the popular mode should expect to see the usual refresh of hairstyles, beards, kits, and crests for FIFA 21. That, and hopefully a few new features as well, as most people will probably agree that it's been on the decline in recent years.

Something to light the spark for friends all across the world to get the band back together one last time would be ideal, including a whole new way of being matched up with opponents, possibly even in-game events.


So, there you have it! That pretty much covers everything there is to know – or not know, at this time – about the next installment in the FIFA series.

Catch us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for more game leaks, guides, and news as FIFA 20 comes to a close and FIFA 21's new content comes into the picture.