FIFA 21 is coming this year. But fans are worried. The effects of the global pandemic are indeed disturbing both the sports calendar and the planning of the next video game releases. The question therefore arises: will the launch of FIFA 2021 be delayed because of the Coronavirus? The answer is categorical: no.
EA has confirmed that FIFA 21 and Madden 21 are both on track to take over our consoles and PCs as of October 9, 2020, roughly the same time as previous editions. The first FIFA 21 trailer was also revealed during Live EA Play on June 18.
The publisher is determined not to let his “goose with golden balloons” slip away, FIFA 20 having just identified 25 million unique players. It’s up to FIFA 21 to overtake its predecessor, with more photorealism, new addictive features, as well as a revised and fixed career mode. While retaining the enhanced gameplay – especially with the addition of more complete defensive techniques – and an exhilarating soundtrack.
What do we know about FIFA 21 now? We have collected all the information available on the most anticipated sports simulation of the year. What challenges does the license still face? Will FIFA 21 be available on all consoles? And how can this next edition reinvent itself to mark the distance with its historic rival: PES?
The first info on FIFA 21
- What is that? The latest edition of the FIFA franchise developed by EA Sports
- What media will I be able to play it on? PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, PS5 and Xbox Series X
- When can I play it? From October 9 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Release dates for next-gen consoles and Google Stadia have yet to be confirmed. Early access to the game is granted to gamers who have pre-ordered the Champion or Ultimate versions of the game.
FIFA 21 release date
EA’s confirmation is very recent: yes, FIFA 21 will not deviate from the release schedule of previous editions. The new episode should thus be released in physical and dematerialized versions, on October 9, 2020 – and this despite the impact of the coronavirus. The game will launch on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 9, 2020.
FIFA 20 was revealed in June and launched on September 27, 2019, while FIFA 19 emulated our machines from September 28, 2018. It is therefore a little more than a week late that the new edition will reach us.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will arrive later in the year, it remains to await the official launch dates of these consoles.
Gamers who pre-order the Champions or Ultimate editions of the game will soon get early access.
FIFA 21: see the special PS5 and Xbox Series X trailer
Electronic Arts posted the first FIFA 21 trailer online on June 18. We can appreciate the first images of the game designed for the new generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles. According to EA, the advantage would go to the PS5 edition: ” the new DualSense controller will offer a rich and responsive haptic feedback on the PS5 version, enough to deepen the gaming experience by allowing you to feel the rhythm of the match in your hands. “.
Some pictures of FIFA 2021 on PS5 and Xbox Series X
FIFA 21 vs Covid-19
EA Games is in an unprecedented position this year. Never in the history of the FIFA franchise have we experienced a potential postponement. Nevertheless, the progression of the coronavirus epidemic has resulted in the suspension of all football leagues and championships for the 2019-2020 season.
As FIFA games are based on this seasonal cycle, with drastic respect for the calendar but also for transfers of players and technical staff, the FIFA 21 development window has been greatly disrupted. Would the next edition become the least realistic that has ever existed?
For the publisher, the situation is less worrying than it looks. During the various resumes of tournaments in Europe and around the world, it will suffice to download additional patches to better stick to the reality on the ground and adopt the most recent changes.
What about Euro 2020, now postponed to 2021? Ditto, the competition of European nations should reach players in the form of a downloadable extension, on time. Note that the Euro 2020 license was won this year by Konami and the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. Will this direct competitor keep it in 2021? Or will EA have the opportunity to get it back? It’s a match within the match that is brewing.
Will FIFA 21 be multiplatform?
As both the PS5 and the Xbox X would likely reach us between October and December 2020, FIFA 21 will be released on PS4 and Xbox One first.
However, if you purchased the game on the previous generation of consoles, Sony and Microsoft will allow you to download FIFA 21 for free on PS5 and Xbox One Series X. A great deal.
Nothing prevents EA from developing a special edition for next-gen consoles either. Let us remember that at the time of the launch of the Xbox 360, an exclusive FIFA game had been distributed exclusively for the Microsoft console, FIFA 06: Road to the World Cup . Who knows, we might get a FIFA: Euro 2021 spin-off on PS5 and Xbox Series X?
Will FIFA 21 be released on Google Stadia and Steam?
FIFA 21 will arrive on Google Stadia but for the moment, the publisher does not have an exact release date. The latter will be revealed later in the year.
EA has also confirmed that players will be able to pre-order and play FIFA 21 through Steam and its home platform Origins. Much to the chagrin of many PC gamers, it has also been revealed that the version available here will be the same that ships on PS4 and Xbox One. We would have preferred to recover the more advanced one of the new generation consoles.
What does FIFA 21 Career Mode offer?
FIFA 20’s career mode has come under heavy criticism. EA has promised drastic changes to the FIFA 21 edition. A full presentation of the game will come in August, but to keep fans waiting, the studio has detailed 8 key points on the future Career Mode.
It will now focus on the management side, allowing players to experience their match live while giving them the opportunity to exit, to take stock of the statistics and make the best tactical decisions.
EA also mentions an improved growth system which will allow the player to better control the development of their footballers and train them for new positions, in order to fill the gaps in the team.
The new active training system will allow players to avoid mistakes and bad actions on the field, and to focus on good play. There is also a new activity management system which allows players to have more control. tactics, choosing when footballers will train and when they will rest. To improve and balance the morale of the team but also its acuity and physical form.
The opponent’s AI gets a boost and, according to EA, they will have an increased sense of strategy when it comes to attacking and defending. So there should be more challenge during each match.
The recruitment of footballers is also evolving, with loan / purchase offers, transfer fees, and exchange proposals initiated by the AI.
Finally, we will get some new initial setup options. With these, players will be able to customize their career mode and choose whether they want a more or less realistic experience (such as managing transfers and club finances). We will certainly have more details on this in August.
What are the available pre-order offers and their contents?
FIFA 21 is now available for pre-order on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And, as always, you get bonus content depending on the edition of the game purchased. Below are the three accessible versions.
FIFA 21 Standard Edition
Up to 3 FUT 21 Rare Gold Packs (1 per week for 3 weeks)
Loaned Cover Star (for 5 FUT matches)
FUT Ambassador Player Choice (Choose 1 of 3 player items for 3 FUT matches)
FUT Jerseys and Items Special edition stadium
FIFA 21 Champions Edition
3-Day Preview Access (play from October 6)
Up to 12 FUT 21 Rare Gold Packs (1 per week for 12 weeks)
Cover Star on loan (for 5 FUT matches)
Local talent in Career mode (local promising youngster with world-class potential)
FUT Ambassador Player Choice (Choose 1 of 3 Player Items for 3 FUT Matches)
Special Edition FUT Jerseys and Stadium Items
FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition (available until August 14)
LIMITED-TIME OFFER: FUT 21 Ones-To-Watch non-redeemable item
3 days preview access (play from October 6)
Local Talent in Career mode (local promising youngster with world-class potential)
Up to 24 packs FUT 21 Rare Gold (2 per week for 12 weeks)
Loan Cover Star (for 5 FUT matches)
FUT Ambassador Player Pick (Choose 1 of 3 Player Items for 3 FUT Games)
Special Edition FUT Jerseys and Stadium Items
FIFA 21: what we want to see
FIFA 20 is one of the best sports simulations of all time. And probably the most loyal license in the football world. EA manages to keep the modernity of its legendary franchise, thanks to updates always worthy of interest because following the material improvements, year after year. Here are five major points on which we clearly expect FIFA 21.
More Street Matches
We loved the Volta update. But we also remember the incredible pleasure we felt on FIFA Street and we would be grateful if EA would repeat the experience. The addition of a street football mode would bring an additional touch of realism to FIFA 21, and therefore more interest for the player, beyond the sometimes routine pro seasons.
Optimizing career mode
This is one of the most common requests from FIFA fans. If the career mode has been greatly refined in recent editions, there are still some shortcomings, especially on tactical systems and on the redundancy of player stats from one edition to another. FIFA 21 must surprise us on this precise point.
A real graphics update
It has become complicated to observe real visual differences from one FIFA game to the next, for six years now. Now that a new generation of consoles is poised to hit our shows, we’re going to enjoy a dramatic improvement in graphics and audio with ray-tracing support, increasingly immersive sound, and faster loading speeds thanks to the integration of powerful SSDs. FIFA 21 will certainly benefit from all of this.
Lockdown on licensing agreements
It would be good to see FIFA take back its licensing agreements so that we don’t have to lose Juventus to PES, or exclusive stadiums like Camp Nou which had disappeared in FIFA 20. Keep the ‘Ultimate Team is also a priority issue for fans, as the pack has to undergo a lot of legal fees to survive in the new editions. Likewise, making these important packs cheaper would allow EA to earn much-needed points to expand its global community. And then there is the addition of video arbitration. Is it necessary or will it be the cause of unnecessary discord between players? Still, to become the most realistic football game, this inclusion is necessary by itself.