FIFA 21: Release date, price, demo, ratings and features for latest EA Sports football game


THE most popular football video game in the world returns once again with its latest instalment – FIFA 21.

Players will have the chance to enjoy the updated squad lists and changes to the game – including a new-look career mode.

Paris Saint-Germain and France star Kylian Mbappe is the cover star of FIFA 21

When is the FIFA 21 release date?

Fans have not got long to wait for FIFA 21 as it is due to be released on Friday, October 9.

Yet, that is only for the Standard Edition, with the Champions and Ultimate Edition coming with a three-day early access – meaning you can start playing on October 6.

And you can pre-order the game now on PS4, PC and Xbox One.

For the PS5 and Xbox Series X, you will have to wait until they’re released in November – but EA Sports’ Dual Entitlement scheme means you can upgrade your FIFA 21 copy from your current platform to your next-gen console for free.

How much will FIFA 21 cost?

Unsurprisingly, FIFA 21 will not be all that cheap, and its three varying editions will mean a difference in cost.

The Standard Edition will set you back around £49.99 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Meanwhile, the Champions Edition – which gives you three days early access, along with a host of Ultimate Team benefits – will cost you £79.99.

And for the Ultimate Edition that also comes with early access and extra FUT rewards and packs, will make an £89.99 hole in your pocket.

In FIFA 21’s trailer, they revealed that Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland’s famous celebration will be included

Is there a FIFA 21 demo?

Fans of FIFA – like all games – look forward to getting their first glimpse in the demo.

However, this year, EA Sports have decided not to release one – with the games company declaring they are focussing on development for the upcoming releases of PS5 and Xbox Series X.

But, fans are fearing that the game might not be ready in time for its October 6 release.

What are the top 10 ratings in FIFA 21?

The release of the FIFA 21 ratings is an exciting day for fans of the game and football.

With the ratings based on the footballers’ real-life attributes, it has often reignited the debate over who is the best in the world – and typically in the past decade or so, is it Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

FIFA 21 has sided with the Argentine, with the Barcelona star having an overall rating of 93.

That is just one ahead of his Portuguese rival as Juventus’ star man clocks in at 92.

The top ten for this year’s edition are:

  1. Lionel Messi – 93
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 92
  3. Robert Lewandowski – 91
  4. Kevin de Bruyne – 91
  5. Neymar – 91
  6. Jan Oblak – 91
  7. Virgil van Dijk – 90
  8. Kylian Mbappe – 90
  9. Mohamed Salah – 90
  10. Sadio Mane – 90

Here is the full top 1,000 FIFA 21 player ratings.

What are the new features on FIFA 21?

Just like every year, FIFA 21 brings in a raft of changes.

On the gameplay side, the Agile Dribbling system allows more creativity in 1-on-1 situations, while Positioning Personality improves in-game intelligence.

You will get more control over the runs by your attackers to get in behind defences, while FIFA 21 have updated their collision system so you should get less hilarious gaffes and falling over by your players.

The Career Mode has also been given a much-needed overhaul, including the ability to simulate matches and take control of the key moments.

You will also be able to teach new positions to your players in a revamp of the training system, while for the transfers, you will be able to make Loan-to-Buy offers along with being offered swap deals.