No FIFA 21 demo before release, EA confirms

FIFA 21 won’t have a playable demo ahead of its October launch publisher EA have confirmed to footie fans.


Those players look to get some early hands on time with this year’s FIFA are out of luck it seems. Considering that most previous entries in the power-selling football franchise have had downloadable demos available for multiple platforms, the lack of one this year comes as a disappointment.

EA Sports issued the following statement, confirming that there will be no FIFA 21 demo:

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.

Of course, there will be cynics out there claiming that EA have deliberately held off on releasing a FIFA 21 demo in order to drive up EA PLAY subscriptions. Up until its recent name change from EA Access, EA PLAY is the publisher’s premium service which offers an instant library of games as well as discounts and early access trials among other benefits. Available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC (via Steam) the service is priced at £3.99 a month or £19.99 annually.

Whether or not EA will launch a FIFA 21 demo further down the line remains unclear though hopefully they will.

FIFA 21 will be out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 9th, with free upgrades to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via EA’s homegrown Dual Entitlement scheme. This will allow free upgrades to take place from the launch of the next-gen consoles up until the release of FIFA 22 next year.

In other FIFA 21 news, here we have the game’s full PlayStation 4 trophy list – how tough do you think this year’s virtual cabinet of silverware compares to previous years?

Source: Twitter (@EASPORTSFIFA)

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