This year EA quietly released information regarding FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21, usually they release a teaser trailer or a roadmap for the year but this year due to COVID-19 pandemic they abruptly released the trailers and their financial reports either coming in pressure from the other studios or some other reason.
Kylian Mbappé in FIFA 21 CREDIT: EA
FIFA 21 will be released on October 9th,2020 which is rather unusual for EA sports as they usually release FIFA titles in their September slot. Early access will be available for those who pre order the game; this year FIFA 21 Early Access will be available on October 6th. Usually at this time of the year EA has E3 conference planned out but due to the pandemic they held a digital event called EA Play live 2020 on June 5th in which they released their financial reports which contained the release date and other information. According to Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA, “EA Sports is a pillar of our portfolio and continues to bring more players together. Looking to FY21, we are growing our portfolio of high-quality and innovative new games. We are planning to launch 14 new titles to players this fiscal year. That includes four new EA SPORTS titles — FIFA, Madden, NHL and one more unannounced sports game — all of which deliver on the mix of creativity, authenticity and quality that sets EA SPORTS apart”
Judging from the trailer, the visuals are aesthetically pleasing but everyone is still anxious to see the real gameplay. For the last couple of years the gameplay has been quite disappointing as EA has not fixed some of the most common bugs in the game. We hope the real gameplay will be as promising as the trailer.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) June 18, 2020
The real price has not been announced but in the previous years the standard edition almost costed Rs.12000 in Pakistan and the champions edition costed around Rs.13000 at the time of release. As of now the pre-order costs USD $59.99 which is almost PKR 10000 at the moment.
Which consoles will FIFA 21 release on?
FIFA 21 will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox ONE, Xbox X series and PC. Xbox X and PS5 are set to release between October and December this year. Career Mode data will not transfer from current gen to next gen. Although the progress of ULTIMATE Team and VOLTA Football can be continued. EA also has announced that they will provide a free copy of the game on PS5 and Xbox X to the users who bought the game on PS4 and Xbox ONE.
The launch trailer of FIFA 21 did not mention any new game modes and features but here is what we can expect:
Career mode improvements:
After the launch of FIFA 20, fans were not happy from the changes and improvements in Career mode. This year we might expect a few changes such as
- Realistic transfer businesses
- More realistic off-ball movement
- Improving the youth academy system
- Gameplay enhancement of fans jeering clubs’ ex-players after they join their rival club
- More realistic reactions of managers
Eden Hazard in FIFA 21 CREDIT: EA
With each new FIFA title, new icons are added in the roster. This year we can expect David Beckham, Franz Beckenbauer, Francesco Totti and Ashley Cole.
One of the biggest changes in Football is the introduction of VAR. Although VAR has been introduced in Football since 2017, no FIFA game has featured VAR. We can expect the introduction of VAR in FIFA 21.
Cover star of FIFA 21:
There are number of players who might appear on the cover of FIFA 21. FIFA 20 had Virgil van Dijk on Champions Edition and Eden Hazard on standard edition. It is possible that we see a duo of stars featuring on the cover again. Cristiano Ronaldo had been the star of FIFA 18 and 19, but it is unlikely to see the Portuguese star on the cover this year. We can expect the likes of Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haland or Jadon Sancho.
In the past few years EA has disappointed with its FIFA titles. Let us hope the pandemic does not have a negative impact on the release.
Pre-order FIFA 21 on PC:
If you want to Pre-Order FIFA 21, make sure to buy from Out Gamers as we are providing games at best prices possible in Pakistan.
In the meantime, if you want to play FIFA 20 on PC, be sure to buy from Out Gamers at a discounted price.