We have to be patient for a while, but then FIFA 21 will finally be released. During the unveiling of the latest edition, EA immediately announced that FIFA 21 is coming to next-gen in addition to the current generation of consoles. Before the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S are yet to be released, FIFA 21 will be released on Friday, October 6, 2020. The Xbox Series X in PlayStation 5 are scheduled for November 10 and 19 respectively.
To ensure that players with a PlayStation 4 in Xbox One Don’t wait to buy FIFA 21 until they get a newer generation console, EA comes up with something clever. Everyone who buys the game will receive an upgrade to the new consoles for free. For this it has started a collaboration with Sony and Microsoft, to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Do I have to buy FIFA 21 twice?
The answer to this question is very simple, namely no. By using the so-called Dual Entitlement, EA does not ask you to buy FIFA 21 twice. Once you have replaced your PS4 or Xbox One with a PS5 or Xbox Series X or S, you can upgrade your FIFA 21 copy at no extra cost with Dual Entitlement. This is possible until the launch of FIFA 22.
Here it does not matter whether you have bought FIFA 21 online or physically. But pay attention! It is true that if you are planning the discless PS5 Digital Edition, exchange is only possible when FIFA 21 is purchased digitally. EA says that physical disks cannot yet be used to upgrade to diskless consoles. The same also applies to the Xbox Series S.
FIFA 21 on next-gen
If you buy a physical copy of FIFA 21 on Xbox One or PS4, you can download and play the game on Xbox Series X, S or PS5 for free from Microsoft and PlayStation Store. For the PS5 you do need the FIFA 21 disc to play. Your FIFA 21 is digitally bundled on next-gen and you can download the next-gen version from the stores.
FIFA 21 from PS4 to Xbox Series X or Xbox One to PS5?
Unfortunately it is not possible to switch console teams. EA has announced that a FIFA 21 next-gen upgrade is only possible if you do the game from PlayStation to PlayStation and Xbox to Xbox.
FIFA 21 current-gen progress to next-gen
Not all progress you make at the start of FIFA 21 will move to next-gen. Only FIFA Ultimate Team and Volta Mode will be ported. Progress in all other modes including Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode and Pro Clubs is for the console you are playing on only and will not transfer between consoles.
Fifa 21 will be released on Friday, October 6, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
This article was updated on September 25, 2020.