The new soccer season is almost here, and like every year, this also means the arrival of the next version of the two most famous and expected soccer game franchises in the world. FIFA 21 and eFootball PES 2021 are coming soon, and here we will give you all the information about the new versions.
We’ll tell you in a nutshell what the main new features of each of the games are, and also what is known about their possible demos. We will also tell you the different editions that each of them will have, as well as the platforms on which they will be available.
FIFA 21 News
As every year, FIFA 21 has taken a small evolutionary leap with several new features with a view to the next generation. For example, there is the prospect of offering ultra-fast loading times, so that the playing environment loads in a few seconds and everything starts up without you having to wait minutes.
There is also a new deferred lighting system, which will make the faces of the players and some areas of the state look better. Also, as every year, there are improvements in the animations and the models of the players have been improved, emphasizing a climatic fidelity that will happen, for example, the clothes seem wet when it rains.
For the rest, we also have the template updates, improvements in the Career and Clubs Pro modes, and also in the VOLTA mode of street play. It doesn’t look like there will be drastic changes, but the typical small improvements here or there, although there are no definitive details yet.
But where Electronic Arts make the most money is with the FIFA Ultimate Team stickers, which this year will be much more social. For example, you will be able to join a friend’s club or invite him/her to yours to play together with the team to win both points. There will also be a FUT Events mode, in which you can join the side you want and compete with the whole community, earning rewards with your club’s victory.
The way players play in real life will also be taken into account, enhancing some of its features in the Turning Points. You will also be able to face the AI in the Squad Battles to improve your skill level in Division Rivals or participate in live friendlies combining Squad rules and alternatives.
What’s New in eFootball PES 2021
Konami has made a historic decision: this year there won’t be a new game, but they are simply selling an upgrade for PES 2020 with the new equipment and templates.
Therefore, they will simply update the templates while keeping the same game without improvements, and all while investing their efforts in the generational leap of PES 2022, which will move to the Unreal Engine that promises to change the whole game next year.
What about the FIFA 21 and PES 2021 Demos
Since his game is the same as last year, Konami has decided that eFootball PES 2021 will not have any demos. The game and all its mechanics have already been on the market for a year, so they must have considered that it is not worth mounting a demo when only the update of the templates changes.
A FIFA 21 demo is expected in the next weeks before its release in October, although at the time of writing there is still no official announcement pointing to a specific date for the demo. It is also not known which game modes will be able to be tested or which teams we will be able to play with.
FIFA 21 and PES 2021 versions
Electronic Arts are going to prepare two different versions for consoles, one for the current generation and others for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S. If you buy the game for the current generation you will be able to upgrade it for free to the next generation, so you don’t have to wait for the launch of new consoles.
Unfortunately, only the contents of FUT21 (FIFA Ultimate Team 21) and VOLTA will be preserved and transferred to PS5 and Xbox Series X if you choose to upgrade, and the rest of the games you have saved in the other modes will be lost when you stay in the old console.
The Nintendo Switch will also have its version of FIFA 21, although unfortunately, this is the so-called Legacy Edition. This means that kits, logos, and templates will be updated, but it will be the same game as last year, without any improvement or novelty in mechanics or game modes. There will also be FIFA 21 for Google Stadia, although at the moment we are not clear about its characteristics.
There is also controversy in the PC version. It does not matter if you have a computer with next-generation hardware, because the version of FIFA 21 for PC will be the same as PS4 and Xbox One, and you will not have the version of next-generation consoles and their graphic improvements.
FIFA 21 will not have cross-game either, not even between the same console families. I mean, PS5 players will only be able to play against PS5 players, not against PS4 or other platforms. And so on with everyone else.
Meanwhile, the PES 2021 will have the same versions as last year with the same features. Remember, it’s the same game, so not much changes here. All that remains is to applaud the brave decision to give itself two years to launch the next version with improvements and wait to see the many new features that PES 2022 will bring.
Editions and Release Dates
We are now going to tell you which are the editions of FIFA 21 and their respective launch dates, in each one along with their booking bonuses.
- FIFA 21 Standard Edition, available on October 9th for $59.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It gives you 3 unique gold envelopes, Mbappé on loan for 5 FUT matches, choice of FUT ambassador player from 3 for 3 matches, and special editions of FUT kits and stadium items.
- FIFA 21 Champions Edition, available with early access on October 6th for $79.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One Includes early access 3 days before launch, up to 12 unique Gold envelopes, Mbappé on loan for 5 FUT matches, local talent in career mode and young local promise with world-class power, ambassador of choice from 3 for 3 matches, and special editions of FUT kits and stadium items.
- FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition, available with early access on October 6th for $99.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Includes early access 3 days before launch, up to 24 unique Gold envelopes, Mbappé on loan for 5 FUT games, local talent in career mode and young local promise with world-class power, ambassador of choice for 3 games, and special editions of FUT kits and stadium items.
In this case, the eFootball PES 2021 Season Update is far more modest as there are only a couple of editions without major additions. We’ll tell you about them here, along with their respective prices.
- eFootball PES 2021 Season Update, available September 15th for $29.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
- eFootball PES 2021 Club Edition, available September 15th for $34.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It includes the editions of FC Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, FC Bayern, and Liverpool FC, with exclusive content for each club.