Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

FIFA 21 EA Access release date: When is EA Play start time? Is FUT Companion App out?

EA Sports fans have a chance to play FIFA 21 for the first time this week as part of the upcoming EA Access (EA Play) trial, which is set to land before the end of today.

The good news is that there is an official countdown that has provided further details on when we can expect the first playable version of FIFA 21 to land on consoles.

The only downside is that this new FIFA trial will only be available to gamers who have an EA Play account. EA Play is the new name for EA Access, a long-running subscription service that includes a vault of games to download and play.

While the name has changed, most of the other rules are the same, meaning we can expect a ten-hour trial of FIFA 21 to drop this week. This will be followed by early access to the full game, which will be available to Champions Edition pre-order customers on October 6.

FIFA 21 will become available to everyone on October 9, although fans have got a few other important dates to put in their diaries this week.

First up is the launch of the FIFA 21 Web App, which is now available to use on compatible platforms.

Some gamers have reported issues accessing the service and problems may continue into October 1 but will hopefully be resolved before the full game comes out.

The Web App lets FIFA fans start buying and selling players on the transfer market before the game’s official release.

FUT fans will also be able to start building their Ultimate Team squad via the Web App before the FIFA 21 release date, and will also have the chance to complete Squad Building Challenges and keep track of daily and weekly objectives.

And the launch of the FIFA 21 Web App will be followed today by the launch of the FIFA 21 EA Access trial, and the Companion App.

Like the Web App, the FUT 21 Companion App makes it possible to manage your Ultimate Team squad outside the full game.

EA Sports has confirmed that updates to the official FIFA Companion App will be rolling out later today, October 1, 2020.

Meanwhile, the FIFA 21 EA game trial will let EA Play members play 10 hours worth of FIFA 21 ahead of its launch. During this time it will be possible to play, trade, sell, buy cards and FIFA points.

And progress earned while connected to EA Servers during FIFA 20 early access will carry over to full versions of the game.

EA Sports has provided a rough schedule for when the new trial period will be kicking off and its great news for gamers in the UK.

According to the latest information, the FIFA 21 EA Access release time has been set for 4pm BST on October 1, 2020.

There is sure to be a lot interest in downloading the trial so gamers can probably expect some server issues as things kick off.

It also wouldn’t be surprising to have a spike of issues during the evening, as this will be when a lot of people will be logging in and starting their downloads.

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