Fifa 21: Release date, best price, deals and new features

ALEX YOUNG
·3-min read
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The launch of Fifa 21 is just days away as EA Sports prepares to launch the world's most popular football video game.

The release is slightly delayed this year due to the ongoing disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic but the shiny new edition lands this week.

When is Fifa 21 released?

The wait is almost over as Fifa 21 will be available for all from October 9, 2020.

Early access, as is tradition, was granted to those who pre-order the game, with those be to have their first crack at the game from October 1.

Anyone who pre-ordered the Champions Edition or Ultimate Edition of FIFA 21 can download the game from October 6.

Who much will Fifa 21 cost?

There are three editions of the game; standard, champions and ultimate. The main difference being extra gold packs, limited edition FUT kits and Icons players.

The recommended retail price of Fifa 21 is £59.99, £79.99 and £89.99, respectively, on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One Xbox Series-X.The PC edi tions start at £54.99, increasing to £69.99 and £79.99. Fifa 21 is available at £44.99 on the Nintendo Switch.

For a breakdown of all the best deals for Fifa 21, click here.

Which consoles will Fifa 21 be on?

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FIFA 21 will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC from launch date. It will also be available on next generation consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X.

The PS5 will be launched on November 12 across America and Asia and a week later, on November 29, in Europe and other terriorites. Xbox Series X is launched worldwide on November 10.

Thinking of upgrading your PlayStation or X-Box after buying Fifa 21? No worries. EA Sport are offering a 'Dual Entitlement' which allows free trade-in upgrades to PS5 or Xbox Series-X versions.

What new features will Fifa 21 have?

Gameplay

More dynamic attacking and superior control comes into play in Fifa 21 with the introduction of Agile Dribbling, Positioning Personality and Creative Runs.

Implementing better skill moves, movement off the ball and player-specific traits, comes more realism. Not every player will opt for a backhell when a simple pass will do, unless you're Roberto Firmino, for example.

Alongside the same lines, battles for possession and the like will now "resolve more naturally" using a Natural Collision System to provide an improved playing experience.

FIFA 21 is actually endowed with a Natural Collision System which utilises brand new animation systems to create smoother player interactions all over the pitch. Basically, it looks hella real and super cool.

Career Mode

Arguably the biggest, and most intriguing, improvements come in Career Mode.

Occasionally a maligned feature of the years, Career Mode has been refreshed with a new Interactive Match Sim feature which allows you to jump in and out of games at key moments to influence games.

There's also an Active Training System for group sessions to improve key areas in the squad, while match sharpness must now be taken into account along with the happiness of the players.

Other features such as Authentic Transfers, Financial Takeover and Enhanced opposition AI, too