FIFA 21 won’t be launching in tandem with the PS5 and Xbox Series X and will instead be dropping on December 4 for both platforms.
If there’s one thing you can typically rely on with next-gen console releases, it’s that there will be plenty of sports games available on each platform from the get-go. While that remains true to some degree with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, the world’s most popular sports franchise won’t be making its way over to the new hardware until a little bit later this time around.
Electronic Arts announced today that FIFA 21 is indeed coming to both PS5 and Xbox Series X, but it won’t be released until nearly a month after the consoles themselves hit store shelves. FIFA 21 will release on December 4 for all next-gen platforms and will feature “blazing fast load times, deferred lighting and rendering, enhanced animation technology, off-ball humanisation, and more.” EA has said that more specifics of the new iterations of the game will be highlighted in the coming weeks.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 27, 2020
While this year’s entry won’t be landing on next-gen consoles until a few weeks later than usual, fortunately, those that already own the game on current platforms won’t need to pay for the upgrade. FIFA 21 will be a “dual entitlement” title from EA, which means that you can upgrade your PS4 version to PS5 and Xbox One iteration to Xbox Series X/S for no extra charge. Considering not all publishers have been doing this form of forward compatibility, it’s good to see that EA is at least allowing it.
Despite being so popular around the globe, we were left pretty underwhelmed with FIFA 21 so far this season. Hopefully, the changes on next-gen consoles will improve the experience later this year.