FIFA 21 will not receive a demo this year so that the game’s developers can focus on “delivering the best full game experience.”
EA Sports took to Twitter to reveal the news, noting that players can still get early access to the game by subscribing to EA Play. FIFA’s yearly demo is a long-standing tradition, which is why this news might be shocking to some fans of the veteran football series.
“We’ve made the decision to focus our development team’s time on delivering the best full game experience for current & next-gen consoles,” EA’s statement reads.
If you still wish to check out the game ahead of launch, EA Play subscribers will be able to jump in and trial FIFA 21 for 10 hours from October 1, ahead of the game’s official release date on October 9.
We aren’t releasing a demo for FIFA 21.
Instead we’ve made the decision to focus our development team’s time on delivering the best full game experience for current & next-gen consoles.
We look forward to EA PLAY members jumping in 10 days from now and launching the game Oct 9.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 21, 2020
If you pre-order the FIFA 21 Ultimate or Champions edition, you’ll also be able to access the game three days early on October 6. And if you pick up the current-gen version of FIFA 21, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X version at no extra cost due to EA’s Dual Entitlement system.
In other FIFA 21 news, check out our article covering the improvements headed to Career Mode this year.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.