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EA finally respond to rumors of FIFA 21 delay

Published: 6/May/2020 14:25 Updated: 6/May/2020 14:30

by Joe Craven

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Despite FIFA releases being a concrete annual event, there are many factors that could have seen the upcoming FIFA 21 hit with a delay. However, EA have now put that idea to bed. 

Of the last five FIFA games, all have been released between September 22 and 29. All indications point to a release date of September 25, 2020, but some players have been concerned about the current global situation potentially impacting that launch schedule.

While it has become a staple of the FIFA series, there was always a chance that FIFA 21 could come under threat because of a number of factors. However, EA chiefs have finally shed some light on the situation.

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Rumors about a possible delay to FIFA 21 have been rife in the community, due to the current global situation.

FIFA 21 will not be delayed, EA confirm

During the company’s fourth quarter fiscal earnings call for 2020, EA chiefs reassured investors and fans that the plans to release FIFA 21 this Autumn have not changed – even if real football seasons look uncertain, at the time of writing.

Many leagues have postponed competition, with some even coming to the decision to void their annual competition altogether. However, EA will not be changing their course, apparently.

CEO Andrew Wilson said: “We have a long history of creating spectacular sports content that’s not directly dependent or reliant on the real world of sports,” echoing comments from CFO Blake Jorgensen.

Jorgensen added: “We know today people are engaging with sports because that’s what they love to do. If you are a sports fan, it doesn’t stop,” he said. “And so the only way they’re getting their sports engagement is through our games, and that’s a huge benefit for us.”

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FIFA 21 will be released as normal, even if the football calendar isn’t certain.

The Premier League, for example, has suspended all football until at least April 30. This means the season is all but guaranteed to finish beyond the normal mid-May endpoint. Hence, this will force transfer windows to be pushed back to give players their typical summer breaks.

A lot about the sport calendar might differ from previous years in 2020, but as suggested by the EA chiefs, the new FIFA title should be able to continue on the same course as usual, unaffected by the football seasons.

What this decision means for updated kits, teams and staff – which are a staple of every new version – remains to be seen.

Will next-gen consoles affect FIFA 21’s release?

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The PS5 and Xbox One X are currently scheduled to release at the end of 2020.

In short, probably. Here, we have to go off the back of the release of FIFA 14, which came just weeks before the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One. EA released the PS3/Xbox 360 versions of FIFA 14 as normal, before adding a ‘next-gen’ version when the consoles themselves dropped.

We can, therefore, expect something similar to happen this year. It’s likely FIFA 21 will launch for PS4 and Xbox One, before a next-gen version is released alongside the consoles themselves.

However, with the global crisis seeing large portions of office staff cannot carry out their jobs properly, there is a very real risk that both the PS5 and Xbox One X will see some kind of delay too.

On the back of this, the current-gen version of FIFA 21 looks set for Autumn 2020, with a next-gen version released alongside the consoles.

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Are EA servers down? FIFA 21 server status, maintenance & downtime

Published: 4/Dec/2020 1:43 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 1:45

by David Purcell

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FIFA 21 players are never happy when the EA servers are down, and it appears that the latest offering of the popular football franchise is struggling with issues on December 3, with widespread reports from players unable to find games in Ultimate Team. 

With next-gen consoles finally jumping onboard the FIFA 21 hype train, the servers were expected to struggle. Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 players got access to the next-gen game on December 3, with all-new graphics and big performance boosts.

As always though, there are a few teething problems with the online services with so many players trying to hop onto the game at once, and it appears that on the same day, many were unable to gain access to FIFA 21’s online capabilities.

So, let’s take a look at the latest update on connectivity issues.

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Players won’t be celebrating when the EA servers go down.

Are EA servers down for FIFA 21?

December 3, 2020

The FIFA 21 servers have been struggling with the increased load from next-gen consoles. While players have noted they were struggling to log in, the FIFA Direct Communication Twitter has reported a new issue with matchmaking.

“We are aware that players are currently unable to matchmake in FIFA 21 FUT, across all platforms. We are investigating and will provide an update when one is available,” they said.

It’s not just next-gen players who are affected, but players across all platforms, regardless of whether you’re on the older consoles, or even PC.

The outage has been going on since around 7:30pm ET, although its still spiking hours later, according to Down Detector.

The site confirms there are reported “issues” with EA’s servers, as expected, meaning players are unable to play FIFA Ultimate Team and their Division Rivals matches.

EA has yet to comment on how long this outage will last, but hopefully, it wraps up before too long. We’ll keep you posted with updates to this article in due course.


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