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FIFA 21 Pre-Orders Are Live: Release Date, Editions, Bonuses, And More

EA Sports’ long-running FIFA series returns this year with FIFA 21. No surprises there, but the trend of releasing in September will be broken, as FIFA 21 doesn’t launch until October 9 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. While EA Sports has yet to discuss FIFA 21 in detail, if you grab the soccer sim every year, you can already pre-order multiple different editions and snag some cool bonuses, too.

FIFA 21, like Madden NFL 21, will have a free next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X. If you buy FIFA 21 on Xbox One, you’ll get an upgrade to the Xbox Series X edition when it releases. The same goes for those who buy the PS4 version and late purchase a PS5. EA Sports briefly showed off FIFA 21 running on next-gen hardware during its EA Play stream, and it’s safe to say that the soccer sim will get fairly noticeable visual improvements on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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You should know that while FIFA 21 is releasing on Switch, it’s once again a “Legacy edition” that hasn’t been updated much at all really. Outside of kit and squad updates, FIFA 21 is basically the same as FIFA 18 (yes, really), which means no story mode, no Volta mode, and none of the new gameplay updates added in recent years.

EA Sports is planning on outlining the changes and new features in FIFA 21 in August, with details coming on career mode, Volta, Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs, and the general gameplay improvements. We should also learn the cover athlete in the coming weeks as well.

For now, you can pre-order FIFA 21 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with multiple editions and pre-order bonuses available. On PC, you can pre-order through EA’s Origin platform or Steam. FIFA 21 will also come to Stadia, but a release date hasn’t been announced.

FIFA 21 pre-order bonuses

As always, FIFA 21 bonuses are dictated by which edition you pre-order. But if you pre-order the standard edition on PS4, Xbox One, or PC, you’ll get the following goodies:

  • Three Rare Gold Packs for FUT (one per week for three weeks)
  • Cover Star Loan Item
  • FUT Ambassador Player Pick: Pick one of three player items for three FUT matches
  • Special-edition FUT Kits and stadium items

The Nintendo Switch version doesn’t currently have any digital pre-order offers.

All physical edition pre-orders at Best Buy will come with a Funko Pop. The exact Pop vinyl hasn’t been revealed, but seeing as Madden NFL 21 pre-orders at Best Buy come with a Lamar Jackson Pop, we assume you’ll get the cover athlete for FIFA 21.

Pre-order FIFA 21 standard edition | $60

Anyone who pre-orders FIFA 21’s standard edition on PS4, Xbox One, or PC in physical or digital formats will get the bonuses outlined above. The Switch’s Legacy edition of FIFA 21 is available to pre-order for $50.

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Pre-order FIFA 21 Champions edition | $80

The $80 FIFA 21 Champions edition is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It comes with more goodies and three days early access, so you can start playing on October 6.

  • 12 Rare Gold Packs (one per week for 12 weeks)
  • Cover Star Loan Item
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent: Get a prospect with “world-class potential”
  • FUT Ambassador Player Pick: Pick one of three player items for three FUT matches
  • Special-edition FUT Kits and stadium items

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Pre-order FIFA 21 Ultimate edition | $100

FIFA 21’s Ultimate edition is the priciest at $100, but it comes with the most digital content and will likely appeal to those who spend a lot of time with Ultimate Team. The Ultimate edition is available to pre-order now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Here’s what you get in addition to three days early access:

  • FUT 21 Ones to Watch Item (must pre-order by August 14)
  • 24 Rare Gold Packs (two per week for 12 weeks)
  • Cover Star Loan Item
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent: Get a prospect with “world-class potential”
  • FUT Ambassador Player Pick: Pick one of three player items for three FUT matches
  • Special-edition FUT Kits and stadium items

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EA Access and Origin Access perks

EA Access and Origin Access Basic members will get to try FIFA 21 days before its official release. These trials are normally capped at 10 hours. Plus, you can get 10% off the price of any digital edition on Xbox One and PC and carry your progress over to the full game. Origin Access Premier members get early access to the full experience and can keep playing as long as your subscription is active.

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