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EA Announces FIFA 21 Release Date and Confirms Free Upgrade from Current-gen to Next-gen Version

EA has announced that FIFA 21 will be releasing worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 9th, 2020.

In addition to releasing on current-gen systems, EA did confirm that FIFA 21 will also be making its way onto PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, although a release date will be announced later this year. However, owners of FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will not need to purchase a second copy of the game for the next-gen consoles as you’ll be able to upgrade your copy of FIFA 21 to the next-gen version free of charge.

This upgrade is available to purchasers of both physical and digital copies of FIFA 21, although if you plan on purchasing the discless version of a next-gen console, you will only be able to take advantage of the upgrade if you purchased a digital copy of the game. If you purchased a physical copy of FIFA 21 and grab a next-gen console with a disc drive, you will be able to upgrade for free.

Not only that, but all progress made in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team on the current-gen system will also carry over to the next-gen version, meaning you’ll be able to keep all your coins, players, items and records, etc. Unfortunately, any career mode saves, as well as any progress in Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons or Pro Clubs, will not carry over.

As for the PC version of the game, EA has confirmed that it will be the same as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, which isn’t surprising given that it will release on these platforms before the next-gen consoles hit store shelves this holiday season. However, FIFA 21 on PC will not be upgraded to the next-gen version, meaning that the PlayStation 5 or Xbox One X will be the only place where players will be able to experience next-gen enhancements to visuals and AI behaviour, amongst many others to be revealed in more detail later. PC gamers will also be able to purchase FIFA 21 on Steam, a first for the franchise.

FIFA 21 will also be coming to Stadia, with more news on that due at a later date. The Nintendo Switch will also see the release of FIFA 21: Legacy Edition, which will only feature updated rosters and kits rather than any improvements to gameplay and modes.

FIFA 21 will be releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 9th. Those who are subscribed to EA Access on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One or Origin Access on PC will be able to jump into FIFA 21 from October 1st through EA’s Play First Trial offering.

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