EA Play is a paid subscription program, released in August 2020 to replace EA Access and Origin Access, that gives access to free games, early access trials and discounts.
|Subscribers who don’t buy the game, can play FIFA 22 early access until the full game release date or until they have played 10 hours, whichever comes sooner.|
EA Play subscribers can download and play a selection of EA games, including FIFA 22, before they’re released. No purchase necessary.
With EA Play, subscribers earn early access to all recent and upcoming EA games, including FIFA, NHL, Madden, Need for Speed and Battlefield series. The subscription gives access to Play First Trials, which are complete versions of popular games playable for a limited time. In the case of FIFA 22, it includes online and FIFA Ultimate Team features, but there is a limitation of 10 hours (shared by different console generations). During this time, it is possible to play, trade, sell, buy items and FIFA Points, which can be a huge advantage over the other players without early access. It is also possible to transfer FIFA Points from the previous edition. The trial timer will continue to count down even when the game is running in the background, so players should make sure to quit the trial completely when they aren’t playing. On the other hand, EA Play Pro membership (Origin exclusive) gives full access to games as long as the subscription is active, without any time restriction.
With EA Play trials, players are playing the real game for a limited time before they hit the stores. If they purchase FIFA 22 once it releases, they can pick up right where they left off – their progress and stats carry over. Saved games and achievements/trophies earned during the Early Access will unlock once they purchase and log into the EA Servers with the final version of the game.
FIFA 22 EA Play early access will be unlocked on September 22, 2021, at around 4pm UK time. The windows pre-load time depends on the platform. In order to play the early access, subscribers just need to go to the store, search by ‘FIFA 22’, select your edition and press ‘Trial’. PC and Steam players can also do it through the EA Play Hub App.
In the following table, you can see the early access dates from previous years (EA and Origin Access).
|FIFA 22||22/09/2021 (Wednesday) 4pm|
|FIFA 21||01/10/2020 (Thursday) 4pm|
|FIFA 20||19/09/2019 (Thursday) 4pm|
|FIFA 19||20/09/2018 (Thursday) 4pm|
|FIFA 18||21/09/2017 (Thursday) 12am|
|FIFA 17||21/09/2016 (Wednesday) 8pm|
|FIFA 16||16/09/2015 (Wednesday) 10pm|
|FIFA 15||20/09/2014 (Saturday) 5pm|