Gaming

F1 2021 game: Release date, trailer, EA Play, early access, My Team

Published: 19/Feb/2021 12:20 Updated: 19/Feb/2021 12:25

by Jacob Hale

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With the Formula 1 season set to get underway once again, many fans are setting their sights on the F1 2021 game to provide their entertainment between races.

F1 2020 was wildly successful, slightly changing up the formula and bringing in some new features to make the game almost as exciting as the real sport.

Off the back of the 2020 season, and with a number of new drivers and rebranded teams on the grid, expect F1 2021 to look pretty different.

Anticipation for the game is slowly starting to heat up, especially with EA’s acquisition of developer Codemasters so let’s take a look at what we already know.

F1 2021 game: Release date

f1 2021 racing point turn
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Theres no set date for the new title yet.

The F1 2021 game does not have a set release date, but we can try and figure it out by looking at the release of previous titles.

F1 2019 was released on June 25 of that year, while F1 2020 was on July 6. In previous years, the game came out in August, but we expect to see Codemasters stick to the June/July timeframe. For that reason, we think the game will release between June 28-July 5, 2021, around the time of the French or Austrian Grand Prixs.

F1 2021 game: Trailers

So far, there is no trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming game.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. Last year, the trailer for F1 2020 didn’t release until mid-May, around two months before the game itself came out. If we get to the end of May 2021 and haven’t seen a trailer yet, maybe then we can start to be concerned.

F1 2021 game: EA Play & Early Access

On February 18, the long-rumored news of EA’s acquisition of developer Codemasters finally became official.

Of course, this means the F1 2021 game, as well as Codemasters’ other efforts (Dirt, Grid etc.) should end up on EA’s subscription platform, EA Play, formerly EA Access.

This means discounts for EA Play members, early access for preordering and, if you haven’t played the previous games yet, F1 2020 should also be available in the Vault. Besides that, we don’t know much about how the game will change under EA. Could F1 2021 Ultimate Team be a thing?

F1 2021 game: My Team

formula 1 2020 game renault
Codemasters
Expect to see both new and familiar faces on the grid this year.

My Team was a monumental success in F1 2020, with players able to build their own team from scratch and lead it to the top of Formula 1.

Seeing how huge it was last year, expect to see it become the focal point of developers’ efforts this season, and this could mean improved features and more depth.

F1 2021 driver ratings

While driver ratings can fluctuate throughout the Formula 1 season based on their real-world performances, things are unlikely to change so much that top-rated drivers turn bad or vice versa. Here are the F1 2020 ratings:

f1 2020 driver rankings
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F1 2021’s driver ratings should be similar to 2020, but expect a few changes for drivers such as George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

There is no confirmation on what this year’s driver ratings will be. Drivers are rated on experience, awareness, racecraft and pace, and with the grid changing up significantly this year, expect that to be reflected in-game.

F1 2021 driver ratings have not yet been announced. F2 champion Mick Schumacher joins the grid along with Yuki Tsunoda and Nikita Mazepin, and Fernando Alonso is back in after two years away. Where these are rated alongside their new colleagues remain to be seen.

F1 2021 tracks

f1 2020 game mercedes on silverstone circuit select screen
Codemasters
Expect to see all of the biggest tracks, as well as possibly some new or returning ones too.

While the full list of tracks hasn’t been made available, expect to see advancements on the F1 2020 track list, as below:

  • Australia – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
  • Bahrain – Bahrain International Circuit (Normal and Short)
  • Vietnam – Hanoi Circuit
  • China – Shanghai International Circuit
  • The Netherlands – Circuit Zandvoort
  • Spain – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
  • Monaco – Circuit de Monaco
  • Azerbaijan – Baku City Circuit
  • Canada – Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
  • France – Circuit Paul Ricard
  • Austria – Spielberg
  • Britain – Silverstone Circuit (Normal and Short)
  • Hungary – Hungaroring
  • Belgium – Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps
  • Italy – Autodromo Nazionale Monza
  • Singapore – Marina Bay Street Circuit
  • Russia – Sochi Autodrom
  • Japan – Suzuka International Racing Course (Normal and Short)
  • USA – Circuit of The Americas (Normal and Short)
  • México – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • Brazil – Autódromo José Carlos Pace
  • Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina Circuit

We should expect to see the new Saudi Arabia track in action, as well as the popular Portimao, seeing as they’re on the 2021 calendar.

Imola and the Nurburgring will be on the wishlist for players after they featured in the shortened 2020 season.


So, there’s everything we know about the F1 2021 game so far. There’s not a lot to go off, but if you enjoyed F1 2021 you should have your sights set on June or July of this year.

Expect to see improvements to My Team, some new tracks to race on and that coveted EA Play discount available ahead of the game’s release. Now, we just wait for the first trailer.

FIFA

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos FIFA 21 Flashback SBC: How to complete

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:01

by Bill Cooney

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A new Flashback SBC is now live in FIFA 21, with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos getting a boosted card. Here’s what you need to know. 

Flashbacks are always a fun addition to Ultimate Team, as they let you grab powerful throwback cards for players that take them back to a special moment or a prime time during their career.

This latest standalone SBC celebrates Kroos’s prolific 2017-2018 LaLiga season playing for Real Madrid with a very nice 93 OVR card that could definitely beef up your midfield lineup.

Toni Kroos in FIFA 21
EA Sports
Kroos (center) is one of the best midfielders in FIFA 21 already, and this card just makes him better.

Toni Kroos Flashback SBC requirements & price

There are three total squads all with their own sets of requirements to knock out in order to complete this SBC, and on top of unlocking Kroos’s powered-up card at the end, you’ll also get a pack reward for each set of challenges.

To grab the German midfielder for yourself you’ll need to build one Bundesliga-themed squad, one La Liga-themed one, and finally, a Top Form challenge to wrap it all up.

The catch is that all three require fairly high ratings: 83 for Bundesliga, 84 for LaLiga, and 85 for Top Form, which just might be where the high price tag is coming from.

Bundesliga

  • Number of players from Bundesliga: Min 1
  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 83
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Prime Mixed Players Pack

La Liga

  • Number of players from LaLiga Santander: Min 1
  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Prime Electrum Players Pack

Top Form

  • IF Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Premium Gold Players Pack

Toni Kroos Flashback SBC cost & cheap solutions

Altogether, this SBC should run you around 332,000 to 370,000 FUT Coins to get it all done. Be sure to check back soon as we’ll be posting the cheapest solutions, that don’t require any loyalty or position change cards, right here as they become available.


If you want to make Kroos’s powerful new card your own, you have three weeks (21 days) until March 16 to get everything all wrapped up.

Additionally, if you do pick him up, be sure to let us know how the veteran midfielder gets on in-game by tweeting us over on Twitter – UltimateTeamUK.