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FIFA 21 reveal officially delayed by EA

Published: 5/Jun/2020 23:30

by Bill Cooney

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EA has announced that their Play Live event has been officially delayed, which means players have even longer to wait for the reveal of FIFA 21.

FIFA fans have been looking forward to any and all news about the next title in the series for months, and now, it looks like they’ll have to wait even longer after news from EA on June 5.

The digital event was originally set to start at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST on June 11, but has now been pushed back a week to June 18 at the same time, according to EA.

“With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we’re moving our time to come together in play,” EA said on Twitter. “We’ll see you at EA PLAY Live 2020 on June 18 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT.”

While this doesn’t mean that the actual release date for FIFA 21 will be delayed at all, it does tack on an extra week until we get to see our first look at the next chapter.

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Kai Havertz and a ton of other players are bound to get an upgrade in FIFA 21.

Even though the 2021 title hasn’t yet been handed an official release date, we can draw comparisons from recent years to work out a somewhat accurate estimate. FIFA 20 came out on September 27 and FIFA 19 was September 28, so we would expect the next one to fall within the last week or so of the month as well.

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EA Sports will usually invite some players to join online betas before their games are released. Invites are sent out via email, granting some accounts access to certain game modes ahead of schedule – including Career, Pro Clubs and more – and this usually takes place during August.

For last year’s game, the beta ran between August 9 and August 22, giving members of the community a chance to review changes and for the developers to make tweaks accordingly. This time around, we’d expect a similar timeline to be followed.

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We should hopefully be getting more info on a possible beta from EA Play Live.

The demo versions, which come after beta, are never really too similar to the games that are ultimately released – although fans do still like to download them and give it a try towards the end of each game. Sometimes though, the demo can give us a good idea of what EA is working on. We would expect the demo to go live in the first week of September, or just slightly later.

While we’ll have to wait another extra week for our first look at FIFA 21, the good news is that this delay shouldn’t affect the overall timetable for the game’s release, which as we mentioned, we’re likely to see in late September as the holiday season draws near.

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EA SPORTS responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s FIFA 21 licensing threats

Published: 26/Nov/2020 8:24

by Andrew Amos

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The developers of FIFA 21, EA SPORTS, has responded to threats by AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his agent to sue the publisher over the licensing of his “likeness.” EA claims that “it’s not their fight,” saying FIFPro should step in.

Zlatan might be sitting pretty on top of the Serie A with AC Milan, netting 10 goals in six games to help the Rossoneri remain undefeated, however, he was seeing red at EA using his “likeness” in FIFA 21.

The Swedish star, who has featured in numerous FIFA titles, challenged EA over the rights to use his image. He claimed EA did not seek his permission, and because he wasn’t a member of FIFPro, he wasn’t covered by their license.

“Who gave FIFA EA Sports permission to use my name and face? I’m not aware to be a member of FIFpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird maneuver. And for sure I never allowed FIFA.com or FIFPro to make money using me,” he said.

“Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate,” he adds in a follow-up.

Ibrahimovic’s stance was backed by his agent Mino Raiola, who told British paper The Telegraph that over 300 players were considering legal action.

However, EA has responded to Zlatan’s claims, stating the fight isn’t meant to be fought with the developer, but with FIFPro themselves.

“The licensing arguments being played out in social media for effect are not an issue for EA or EA Sports. This is between FIFPro, the players within their association, and their representatives. FIFPro has told us this is their issue, and they’re handling it ⁠— we expect a statement to that effect imminently,” the developers told Forbes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in an AC Milan kit in FIFA
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EA claims Zlatan should be fighting FIFPro, not the developers, over using his likeness in FIFA 21.

“This isn’t our fight. This isn’t about EA Sports or video games, players or fans. It’s a battle between football agents and FIFPro.”

EA also stated they had worked with Raiola to help market FIFA 21 using Erling Haaland, one of his clients. EA also said they have “enjoyed a great working relationship” with Ibrahimovic,

AC Milan signed an exclusive agreement with EA SPORTS in 2020 to allow the developers to use accurate face scans for the entire team. Other partner clubs, such as Real Madrid and Inter Milan, are also part of this agreement.

Ibrahimovic is yet to respond to EA’s statement.