Who wants to get FIFA 21 early access? There are several ways to try it before the official release date and we will show you all!
FIFA 21 Early Access
How to play FIFA 21 first?
Count it down, FIFA 21 officially launches worldwide on Friday 9th October across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch (legacy edition). The game will be out everywhere at the same time. Later, during the holiday season, it will also be released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
If you don’t want to wait so long, there are a few ways to play it first. Find out how you can play FIFA 21 prior to its official release date with FIFA 21 early access methods. Here we go through the ways you can download FIFA 21 before it’s released and play it first.
PLAYTESTS | FROM MARCH TO JUNE 2020
EA held a confidential FIFA playtesting at their studios in Burnaby, Canada (February 7-8). It was the first time that someone not connected to EA played the game. However, because of COVID-19, not even the playtest in Guildford will take place. They were replaced by remote tests. Selected participants can’t be Game Changers and have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. If you would like to be selected to try the Alpha version, please visit the Playtesting page where you can check the schedule and submit an application.
BETA TESTING | AUGUST 2020
For most of the players, the FIFA 21 Closed Beta is their first chance to play the new EA’s title. However, it’s not easy to be selected, since it’s a closed beta with limited spots. The main purpose of it is to test the game. It’s for players to try out a FIFA 21 game mode and give the developer feedback on anomalies they might find, and also suggest potential alterations. This beta has also got the particularity of promoting the game itself. Just like the playtests, there is a Non-Disclosure Agreement to follow.
DEMO | CANCELLED
The demo is a limited version of the full game. It’s designed to show users what the full game will be like, showing off new features and gameplay improvements. However, because this year the Dev Team is working from home, EA decided to cut the demo from the list and for the first time in the last 20 years, they won’t release it.
EA PLAY | OCTOBER 01, 2020
By paying and subscribing to EA Play, you will be able to download and play FIFA 21 in advance and play it before non-EA Play member can play it. Through FIFA 21 early access, subscribers may play the full game before the game hits the stores, including online play and FIFA Ultimate Team features. However, there is a 10 hours total limit of gameplay. It is possible to play, trade, sell, buy cards and FIFA Points, which can be a huge advantage over the other players without early access. Saved games and achievements/trophies subscribers earn during FIFA 21 Early Access, while connected to EA Servers, will unlock once they purchase and log into the EA Servers with the final version of the game. If you want early access to the game without any limitation, you can subscribe to Pro Plan. The full game will be yours while your subscription is active. However, this plan is only available on the PC-Windows platform. EA Play is a new service that replaced EA Access and Origin Access on past August.
SPECIAL EDITIONS | OCTOBER 06, 2020
If you pre-order a special edition (any non-standard edition), you will get three days early access to FIFA 21, enabling you to play from September 22, packs, loan items and other offers. No matter whether you are subscribed or not subscribed to EA Access or Origin Access, the pre-ordering of Special Edition includes a 3-Day FIFA 21 Early Access. In this case, you are free to play as much you as you want.