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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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FIFA 21 Rulebreakers promo LIVE: player leaks, start time, predictions

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:31 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:06

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS has begun officially unveiling this year’s Halloween promo event for Ultimate Team, and it looks like we’ll actually be getting something a little out of the ordinary in FIFA 21… “Rulebreakers.” Here’s everything we know so far.

The last few years have seen Ultimate Scream rule the last weeks of October. The Halloween themed promo was trotted out in Ultimate Team for the last three years, but the special event’s ‘reign of terror’ seems to be coming to an end.

Instead, a new “Rulebreakers” promo is coming soon. 

EA SPORTS teased the event on Twitter on Oct. 21, with only three letters ⁠— two Rs and an S ⁠— and a fragmented FUT card. Soon after, Dexerto data miner FutWatch confirmed the hidden word would eventually spell out ‘Rulebreakers.’

The following day, Oct. 22, EA SPORTS confirmed the promo’s name. They also revealed, “Rulebreakers leave behind their previous styles of play and transform into different kinds of stars with game-changing stat updates.”

When will the “Rulebreakers” promo begin?

FIFA’s spooky Ultimate Team promo ⁠— or at least, what Dexerto assumes is replacing the Ultimate Scream event this time around ⁠— is still based around Halloween. That means the promo will start this week, on Friday, October 23.

The event should run for just over a week, past the Halloween weekend.

If the timing on the “Rulebreakers” promo is the same as FUT’s spooky Ultimate Scream, we should see it last for just over a week. That means any special packs, challenges, and promo deals that hit Ultimate Team will last until November 2.

We’ll likely get a first-look reveal of the new promo event, and an upgraded team along with it, ahead of that 6 pm Friday release time. Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK, and @FutWatch, to see the news.

Rulebreakers predictions: new FIFA 21 upgrades?

Here’s where it gets a little tricky ⁠— EA SPORTS hasn’t really given us any clues about the potential upgrade team beyond the name. In fact, they haven’t even given us that yet, and we had to rely on Ultimate Team leaks to learn the truth.

It does sound like “Rulebreakers” could be one of two things. The first is those ‘destroyer’ players who pick up cards left and right, get stuck in on the pitch, and just rule the roost with their imposing presence in-game.

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Everton striker Richarlison is a good Premier League shout for the “Rulebreakers” team.

The second could be more meta. The title, ‘Rulebreakers,’ could refer to cards featuring players out of position, and breaking the rules. Maybe we’ll see a 90+ pace center back ⁠— lord knows this meta needs one ⁠— or a 99 physical wingback upgrade.

This second suggestion is probably more likely, considering EA’s description of Rulebreakers: players will “leave behind their previous styles of play.”

EA has already confirmed two players for the promo too: Dries Mertens and Harry Kane. They also teased a third, a Brazillian star, but they have not yet confirmed it.

Confirmed ‘Rulebreaker’ players

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  • Harry Kane
  • Aymerick Laporte
  • Douglas Costa
  • Dries Mertens
  • Radja Nainggolan
  • Lucas Ocampos
  • Marcos Llorente
  • Manuel Lazzari
  • Boubacar Kamara
  • Denzel Dumfries
  • Andre

Previous Predictions

  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Pepe (Arsenal)
  • Richarlison (Everton)
  • Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
  • David Luiz (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atlético Madrid)
  • Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Nigel de Jong (Al-Shahania)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (Bordeaux)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan)

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s new Rulebreakers Halloween promo so far. Make sure if you’ve got a few spare FUT coins you keep them in your back pocket; there could be some cracking cards on the way!

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.