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FIFA 21 does not have cross-play but FUT progression will carry over

If you want to play FIFA 21 online your only opponents are going to be those with exactly the same console as you, as EA reveals their next gen plans.

Cross-play support is becoming more and more commonplace, and that’s bound to increase in the next generation, but it’s still not something you can take for granted in any game.

Although not unexpected, EA has confirmed that FIFA 21 will not support cross-play, so PlayStation 4 owners won’t be able to play Xbox One owners. But also, PlayStation 4 owners won’t be able to play PlayStation 5, and the same with Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

The good news though is that you won’t have to start from scratch with your FIFA Ultimate Team collection and your current gen (PlayStation 4 or Xbox One) account will carry over onto the new consoles.

The transfer market will also be cross-gen, so that cards you list to sell on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 can be bought on their next gen equivalents – although whether that will change the price is not yet decided.

So to summarise, FUT will carry on as if (almost) nothing has changed but actually playing online will still only be possible with someone using the same hardware as you.

Although the news is disappointing the fact that nobody expected it in the first place makes it less of a blow, although it’s a shame EA didn’t even give any hope that things might change in the future.

FIFA 21 will release on 9 October for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Switch and Stadia versions will come out some time later, as well as next gen versions for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 – possibly as console launch titles.

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