The FIFA series is one of the longest-running and most successful game series of all time, all the more impressive considering EA Sports have released a new game annually since 1993.
However, frustrations have grown in recent year's over EA Sports' neglect of offline game modes, in addition to its promotion of in-game purchases on the hugely popular Ultimate Team. Despite this, it's still considered to have the upper hand over Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) as the best football video game around.
When will FIFA 21 be released?
EA Sports chose to unveil FIFA 20 at its own EA Play event in June, as opposed to E3 as it had in previous years.
We expect this to be the same for FIFA 21, with its usual late September release date. Given the game usually comes out on a Friday, our best bet would be 25 September.
What platforms will FIFA 21 be playable on?
FIFA 20 was available on PS4, Xbox One. Windows PCs. The version for the Nintendo Switch was considered a legacy version, as it was without new features such as the Volta mode.
Nonetheless, all these platforms should also be compatible with FIFA 21. An enhanced version may become available for the PS5 and Xbox Series X once the next-gen consoles come out, as EA did with FIFA 14 on current-gen consoles.
Our FIFA 21 wishlist
We're really hoping EA Sports will implement some of these features, which would transform the game for casual players and help the series get back to what it was so good at:
- Improvements to career mode - This is one that fans of the mode are desperate for. While we have seen the likes of press conferences and training come to career mode in recent years, it still feels nothing like you're managing a real team.
- Make Ultimate Team less 'pay to win' - Unfortunately, there is currently a strong correlation between how much money you put into FUT and how good your team is. Having more of a progression-based focus would encourage players to put more time into the game.
- Improvements to AI goalkeepers - As the goalkeeper is the one player you have no control over, it's important that they have some level of consistency. Currently, decision making is erratic and you really can't rely on the last line of defence.
- VAR - This might be difficult considering its controversial implementation in the Premier League in 2019/20, but it would be great to have decisions to to the video assistant referee in some form. It has undoubtedly added to the drama of football, and that would be great to capture on the game.
- Return of Juventus and the Camp Nou - While FIFA has been top dog in terms of licencing for many years now, these two omissions stand out. Adding the Bianconeri and Barcelona's iconic home back into the game would make it feel much more authentic.
We'll update this article as soon as we know more about FIFA 21, but in the meantime check out more of the best upcoming games.