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FIFA 21: Release date, trailer & everything you need to know

FIFA 21: Release date, trailer & everything you need to know
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Ahead of the release of the newest entry from EA Sports, Ronaldo.com gives you everything there is to know about FIFA 21 so far.

The good news is that there will be a FIFA 21 this year despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It had left worried fans asking the very same question: Will a new FIFA game still come out this year? The answer is yes.

EA Sports confirmed the news in a press release, which stated plans to release FIFA 21 on October 9 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC only.

If you pre-order the FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition or Champions Edition, you’ll be able to play the game from October 6. While EA Access (PS4, Xbox One) and Origin Access (PC) subscribers will get the first taste of the game on October 1.

But EA Sports couldn’t offer a release date on the next-generation versions as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are yet to come out.

Considering the impact COVID-19 has made on the market, the release date isn’t bad though. FIFA games normally come out in late September, which means there has only been a slight delay.

Although fans will have to wait a little longer for the release dates for Nintendo Switch or Stadia as well.

So now we’ve got the release date stuff out of the way, Ronaldo.com takes a look at everything there is to know about FIFA 21 so far.

Trailer for PS5 & Xbox Series X

Fans got their first glimpse of the new game on Thursday at EA Play Live. It was only a brief clip comprising footage from FIFA 21 and Madden 21 (American football), but it offered us some hints.

Prices

FIFA 21 is available for pre-order from June 18 onwards in three editions: Standard, Champions and Ultimate.

Pre-ordering gives gamers the chance to start three days before FIFA 21’s release date on October 9.

Below are the current prices in Euros from the official Playstation, Microsoft and Steam stores.

PlatformStandard EditionChampions EditionUltimate Edition
PS4€69,99€89,99€99,99
Xbox€69,99€89,99€99,99
PC (Windows)€59,99€79,99€89,99

Who will be the cover star of FIFA 21?

Eden Hazard and Virgil van Dijk were the cover stars for both the regular and champions edition of FIFA 20, respectively. Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, covered the ultimate edition.

FIFA 20
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Judging by EA Sports’ latest trailer, however, Kylian Mbappe could be the next cover star. The Paris Saint-Germain striker was especially prominent in the clip above, suggesting he will be the new face of FIFA.

It wouldn’t be a surprise as Mbappe is already one of the world’s most exciting young footballers, with a huge fanbase.

Other possible candidates for the FIFA 21 front cover include Mohamed Salah, Jadon Sancho, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Erling Braut Haaland

Another possible big-name for the front cover could be Son Heung-min, who narrowly beat Neymar in a poll of over two million voters on a FIFA community website called Fifplay.

Although chances of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo on the front cover are unlikely despite covering the FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 editions.

Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA 19
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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s club, Juventus, has entered an exclusive partnership with EA’s rivals Konami. Therefore, he’ll be more likely to feature on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).

Lionel Messi is on the same boat as Barcelona entered a multi-year global partnership with the Japanese firm in 2019.

Possible changes

– Volta

FIFA 20’s new feature was a big hit as it offered gamers a wonderful dose of street football. Therefore, you can expect a more refined Volta for this year’s edition.

Fans will hope for a better story mode, more arenas and perhaps the chance to use more sophisticated skills.

– VAR

One thing that continues to go amiss in the FIFA game series is the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The system has been the biggest change in modern football, with referees often referring to it.

Despite being out since 2017, however, EA Sports is yet to implement VAR in FIFA. The most probable reason is that the referee in the game is already a computer program, so he won’t be prone to human error.

VAR
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EA Sports hasn’t announced whether VAR will make FIFA 21 yet either.

The best-case scenario would be to have it as an option for gamers to use as VAR has received mixed reviews. Some fans approve of it, while others detest it altogether.

– Will Juventus return to FIFA 21?

No, Juventus will remain as Piemonte Calcio.

The Italian giants agreed on an exclusive licensing agreement with Konami in 2019 to feature in only Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). So unless something drastic happens, Juve will stay on PES for another two years.

Piemonte Calcio will instead represent the club with all its proper players. But the team won’t have the Juventus badge, kits or even the Allianz Stadium.

– Improved career mode

One thing that all gamers are desperate to see is an improved career mode in FIFA 21.

EA Sports needed to polish up its career mode last year despite adding additional features. It’s obvious some kind of overhaul is needed to keep it from feeling so familiar and bland.

Fans also hope EA Sports will give them a more realistic experience in the transfer market and a better way to integrate youngsters.