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When is FIFA 21 coming out? Release date, demo & EA Access details

Published: 25/Feb/2020 12:38 Updated: 22/Mar/2020 14:13

by David Purcell

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Some players can’t wait to see what EA SPORTS has in store for us with the next installment of the FIFA video game franchise. So, when is FIFA 21 coming out and at what time can we expect the demo and EA Access version to be released? 

The current game, FIFA 20, handed fans something of a reset for many players interested in some of the other features away from Ultimate Team, with Career and Pro Clubs being given some time and care this year.

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However, it’s fair to say that gamers are always looking for more improvements – no matter which mode they’re interested in – and despite regular updates making tweaks here and there, the next game is where any major improvements are most likely to happen. So, let’s take a look at what we know about the next title so far.

Sancho in FIFA 20
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Players will be hoping to see a load of rating upgrades for developing players in FIFA 20.

When is FIFA 21 coming out?

Those who have regularly bought FIFA for a number of years will know the sort of window that we can expect them to release, and that’s during the month of September, typically.

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While the 2021 title hasn’t yet been handed an official release date, we can draw comparisons from recent years to work out an 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.

Trailers, like the one below, are usually released in the months prior to release. So, we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them when EA hosts press events.


FIFA 21 beta

EA SPORTS usually, first of all, will 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.

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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.


FIFA 21 demo, Early Access, and Web App

The demo versions 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.

After all, the buzz around FIFA doesn’t last forever, with eyes always on what EA are planning to do next. Sometimes, the demo can give us a good idea of what they’re working on. We would expect the demo to go live in the first week of September, or just slightly later.

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As for EA Access, that typically comes later and is what we can expect from the full release, granting players up to 10 hours of gameplay ahead of release. Players who stumped up the cash for pre-order editions of FIFA 20 also got the game two days early, so we’ll probably see something similar for FIFA 21 as well.

The FIFA 21 WebApp will be released in the days prior to the game’s release, as usual, and the Companion App will no doubt launch at the same time for handheld devices.

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So, there you have it! That’s when we expect FIFA 21, its beta and demo version to be released. Once details are confirmed by developers, we’ll update this article with more information.

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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

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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.