EA’s sporting debut on the new generation of consoles has come a little early as FIFA 21 and NFL Madden 21’s PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions have released today, instead of tomorrow.
If you own a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S and also own a copy of FIFA 21 and/or NFL Madden 21, you should now be able to redeem the new generation version on the respective PlayStation and Microsoft stores.
Most players who've purchased #FIFA21 on current gen consoles can now download & play the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S version. Worldwide availability will follow as we ramp up towards official launch on December 4.
For more info on Dual Entitlement: https://t.co/0PBE3AuixX
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) December 3, 2020
The Next Generation of Madden NFL 21 is here early via Dual Entitlement!
— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) December 3, 2020
EA have gone a different route to other cross-gen releases, particularly those on Xbox, cooking up a scheme of their own that they’re calling Dual Entitlement.
The end result is largely the same, though there’s a limit to when you can unlock the upgrade from now until the launch of the ’22 games in each series.
For both games there are also limits on what player progress carries forward, limited primarily to online game modes like Ultimate Team, and there’s some data that can have a one way trip to the new generation.
For NFL Madden 21:
Your acquired content in Ultimate Team and your progress in The Yard will transfer. Push your progress from Franchise and Face of the Franchise to next gen consoles to continue your Next Level NFL journey.
For FIFA 21:
All progress you make or content you acquire within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team (including players, items, coins, FIFA Points, match record, and leaderboard placement), as well as all progression in VOLTA FOOTBALL will transfer from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 and back, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S and back. Progress within all other modes including Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, etc. will be specific to the console you are playing on and won’t transfer between consoles.
Oh, and in other good news, EA have used the power of the next generation to remember what language you want between play sessions:
For some reason it took a new generation of consoles for EA to figure it out… But FIFA no longer asks what language you want to play the game in every time it starts
— Colm Shanahan (@CWShanahan) December 3, 2020