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When is the FIFA 21 closed beta coming out?

Published: 6/May/2020 13:18

by David Purcell

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Getting a first-look at the new game can be exciting for players and EA SPORTS always gives us that chance with closed beta keys, but when will they be rolled out for FIFA 21? 

Just like previous years, the video game goes through a cycle. There is a huge boom at the beginning, particularly where Ultimate Team is concerned, and then players keep coming back for more as extra content is added throughout the year.

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However, it’s coming to that time where eyes are starting to turn towards what EA has up their sleeve next. After all, many pros, creators and casual players have aired some grievances about the current title and would like to see how things are going to change in the future.

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With Volta being the new thing on the block last time, players will be expecting even more from FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 closed beta

There had been some speculation that, alongside the cancellation of several top flight leagues across the world, FIFA Team of the Season – and even the next game – may be put on hold until things return to normality.

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However, with TOTSSF having been released in-game, it looks highly likely that EA will stick to their usual content roadmap with the series. This would mean FIFA 21 drops sometime in late September or early October, as it has in years gone by.

In that case, it wouldn’t be out of the realms of possibility to see the beta roll out as normal – with our prediction being August 9, 2020. Last year, it was this date and there’s a good chance that this year’s game will be the same, or very similar.

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Players will be hoping to get their hands on the FIFA 21 beta… So, let’s take a look at how to get it.

How to get a FIFA 21 beta code

Sadly, not everybody will get the chance to play the FIFA 21 beta. EA SPORTS will send out invites to specific accounts via email, allowing a select group of players to take a look at the features they have been working on.

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For FIFA 20, these codes were not transferrable and we expect that to stay the same for FIFA 21 as well.

If you don’t receive the invitation, there won’t be a way to access it – although many content creators will no doubt leak details nearer the time.

What will the FIFA 21 beta contain?

The FIFA 21 closed beta is expected to be mode-specific. Therefore, the code you receive will only grant you access to a particular part of the game. For example, if your invitation says the beta is for Pro Clubs, that’s all you’re going to be able to see until EA Access comes out.

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Pro Clubs, Ultimate Team, and Career Mode usually feature as part of the beta content. However, that may change this year if new modes are introduced. We’ll have to wait and see.

Will the FIFA 21 beta be on Xbox, PlayStation and PC?

The projected release date for FIFA 21, around September or October time, puts the beta on course to release on the current generation of consoles.

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That means PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players should be included, although PC wasn’t bundled into the beta pool last year. Clearly, some players will be hoping for a change there this time around.

This new game is expected to launch on next gen, too, of course. Although, we’ll have to wait to see what Microsoft and Sony have up their sleeve in that regard. All we know at the time of writing is that they will release in the “holiday” season, which may be before or after EA’s next title hits the shelves.

With EA Play Live now confirmed for June 11, replacing the developers’ usual E3 press conference, around that time we should expect beta, demo, and release date details to be confirmed. Stay tuned with Dexerto and follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all of the news on the new game and current title.

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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.

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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.