Depending on the version bought, players can access FIFA 21 earlier than the release date. FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition or Champions Edition allows access from October 6, while EA Access and Origin Access subscribers can get into the Play First trial of the game from October 1.
FIFA 21 will also make use of EA’s Dual Entitlement system, the publisher’s answer to Microsoft’s Smart Delivery on Xbox. Dual Entitlement works on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms, and will provide the next-gen upgraded version of FIFA 21 at no extra cost should you buy a PS5 or Xbox Seires X. This applies to both digital and physical purchases, although EA notes that if you have FIFA 21 in physical on PS4, then you’ll need to buy a PS5 with a disc drive as the disc must be in the drive to play the upgraded version.Dual Entitlement also carries over plenty of save data, including all progress and content in Ultimate Team and progression in Volta Football. Progress in online seasons, co-op seasons, career mode, and pro clubs are tied to specific consoles, so will not transfer if you upgrade.
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