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03rd Dec 2020

EA releases FIFA 21 upgrades a day early, available now

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users can download the next-gen version of the game today

Oli Dugmore

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users can download the next-gen version of the game today.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users are able to download the next-gen version of FIFA 21 a day before the official release date, gaining access to improved graphics and loading times.

Release was scheduled for December 4 but EA announced that players of the current console generation would be able to download the game today with worldwide rollout to follow.

Other features of the new game include a new gameplay camera, an improved player interaction system as well as subtle but impressive improvements to gameplay particularly in one-on-one battles.

Haptic feedback on the PS5 controller will also allow gamers to feel a tightening of controls to represent the fatigue of their players.

The next-gen version of the game, for PlayStation 5 and and Xbox Series X consoles is not available until December 4.

FIFA 21’s release has also coincided with “baseless” legal action alleging that game scripting utilises another company’s patented Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment technology to keep players buying loot boxes in the FIFA Ultimate Team game mode.

A class action lawsuit was last month filed against EA Sports in the US District Court of Northern California by Jason Zajonc, Danyael Williams, and Pranko Lozano.

In a statement responding to the lawsuit, EA said: “We believe the claims are baseless and misrepresent our games, and we will defend.”

The lawsuit is just the latest controversy that EA have become embroiled in regarding their controversial loot boxes in FUT, which critics have described as being akin to a slot machine, and at times addictive for gamers.

You can read JOE’s review of FIFA 21 here.