FIFA 21 is just not a daily launch, because it bridges two console generations, what with the approaching launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X in late 2020. As such, EA Sports has promised that gamers who purchase FIFA 21 on PS4 and Xbox One will get a free copy on respective next-gen platform. But when you’re planning to avail that provide, you may not wish to begin enjoying in October. EA Sports has revealed that FIFA 21 progress and save video games — aside from Ultimate Team and Volta Football — will not carry over from present consoles to new ones. That is disappointing, and hopefully, EA will repair this in time.
In a FAQ publish on the official FIFA 21 web site, EA writes: “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 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.”
It’s unclear why FIFA 21 development on Online Seasons and Co-op Seasons will not carry over from current-gen consoles, although it might need one thing to do with the dearth of assist for cross-platform play. The incapacity to switch FIFA 21 Career Mode save video games from PS4 –> PS5 or Xbox One –> Xbox Series X is perplexing. And Pro Clubs’ exclusion makes little sense, since EA is together with Ultimate Team and Volta Football.
And that is not the one factor you’ll want to know when you plan to change consoles with FIFA 21. The free copy you get on PS5 or Xbox Series X — EA calls it “Dual Entitlement” — can be a digital obtain. If you purchase FIFA 21 digitally, you need not do something. However, when you purchase FIFA 21 on disc for PS4 or Xbox One, you will have to insert that disc on PS5 or Xbox Series X.
This will not work on discless consoles because the PS5 Digital Edition, EA notes. If you have not determined which model of PS5 or Xbox Series X you are getting — Microsoft has but to unveil a discless model, by the best way — you should purchase FIFA 21 digitally to not run into any issues. But when you should have FIFA 21 on disc, make sure that your next-gen console has that functionality as effectively.
FIFA 21 is out October 9 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.