The FIFA franchise is one of the most popular sports video games series globally, and we have the FIFA 22 release date covered for you, along with details on the game’s main modes: Ultimate Team, Career, Pro Clubs, and more.
Not many game franchises can release an extremely popular game every single year like Call of Duty, but FIFA is an exception, as the globally popular game series is one of the most played in the world, and players anxiously await the newest entry every year.
This is no different for FIFA 22 with its upcoming release date. We know many details about EA’s sporting behemoth, and you can find out everything you need to know below.
When is FIFA 22’s release date?
Fans of the high-profile sports franchise will be able to jump into all of the action that the newest game will offer on October 1, 2021.
This means the community still has a few weeks to wait until they can get their hands on FIFA 22. FIFA is never subjected to delays, so we can expect this release date to be concrete.
FIFA 22 pre-order editions & bonuses
Players will have two different editions of the game to choose from when the game arrives on October 1, 2021.
You can check out everything that the Standard and Ultimate Editions offer below:
- FIFA 22 Standard Edition – $59.99
- FIFA 22 Ultimate Editions – $79.99
Players who pre-order the game before the FIFA 22 release date will receive various benefits to help them out at the start of their career in the franchise’s newest entry. You can find all of the pre-order benefits below:
FIFA 22 pre-order benefits
- Limited Time Offer – FUT Heroes Player item
- Ones to Watch Player item
- 4 Days Early Access
- Dual Entitlement – free PlayStation 5 upgrade
- 4600 FIFA Points
- Team of the Week 1 Player item
- Kylian Mbappé Loan item
- FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
- Career Mode Homegrown Talent
FIFA 22 PS4 / PS5 & Xbox One / Xbox Series X differences
Even though the PlayStation5 and Xbox Series X have been out since November 2020, the majority of people are still playing on last generation’s consoles: the PS4 and Xbox One.
Despite this, the PS5 and Xbox Series X are understandably the core focus for FIFA 22 due to their unbelievable power and technical capabilities.
Whilst the PS5 and Xbox Series X will benefit from HyperMotion Technology, faster loading times, and more, don’t expect this for last-gen.
The PS4 and Xbox Series X versions are expected to miss out on several key features that make FIFA 22 worth the upgrade.
The complete FIFA 22 Pitch notes detail every single feature and point out which platforms you’ll be able to enjoy them on.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team & FUT Heroes
The ever-popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode returns once more to get players playing, packing their favorite players to create the best possible team.
Arguably the biggest announcement so far is that it will feature new FUT Heroes. Intended to celebrate some football greats for their impact on football, lethal forwards such as Mario Gomez and Diego Milito will have special player cards that can be worked into different teams and styles.
EA recently showed their first look at the changes coming to Ultimate Team. Tweaks have been made to how Division Rivals works, with the mode being broken up into seasons as well as the usual weekly competition.
There will now be checkpoints within each rank to stop you from sliding down the standings if you hit a bad patch of form. There’s also the addition of win streaks, which let you climb the leaderboard quicker when you string together a series of wins on the bounce.
FUT Champions has also seen an overhaul. Teams are now entered into a mid-week Play-off stage to earn a place in the Finals at the weekend. Check out our full breakdown of the announcements here.
FIFA 22 Career Mode
If you’re not heavily invested in Ultimate Team, then there’s a good chance you invest a lot of time in FIFA’s storied Career Mode.
Who hasn’t taken a team from League Two and guided them all the way to the upper echelons of European football? Well, this will be possible once again in FIFA 22 Career Mode, but this time with a twist.
Creating a club could be an exciting proposition indeed. Fans have been begging for the feature for years, and this year EA is letting them craft a club from the ground up. Everything from your club’s kits, stadium, and even its principles are in your hands.
Once the cosmetics are sorted, it’s also up to the player to build a squad from scratch. There’s even the option to tweak the team’s age and rating, from a lower-league squad with a lot of promise, or an aging team in need of a rebuild.
Player Career is also getting revamped with new in-game objectives which impact the way your manager views you. The new challenges will also unlock XP, which grants you skill points to drop into the Pro Clubs-style skill tree and unlock brand-new perks.
These perks grant temporary buffs to turn matches on their heads. Some might boost the passing stats of all teammates to unlock stubborn defenses, while others provide shooting bonuses after scoring a goal to help kill the game off.
FIFA 22 Pro Clubs
Often the forgotten and overlooked game mode by EA. Pro Clubs is a fun, social activity that sees multiple players create their own players and build their stats. Friends usually create a club for everyone to join, and you work your way through the ranks.
Fans of the game have been begging EA for years to implement fun, new features to make Pro Clubs fresh and it looks like this might finally be the year the mode lives up to its potential.
Many of the updates that are fleshing out the Player Career mode are making their way into Pro Clubs, most notably the XP system which gives much-needed structure to how Pro’s improve. Perks are also coming to the mode, which provides an extra tactical layer when trying to secure the win.
There’s a much stronger emphasis being placed on customization this year, with fans being able to kit their virtual club out with themes, tifos, and crowd chants.
EA has also taken great steps in diversity by allowing players to create male and female players to play together.
FIFA 22 Gameplay, trailer & HyperMotion
One of the big headlines for FIFA 22 is the fact that this is the first proper FIFA game being made with the PS5 and Xbox Series X at the forefront of the game’s thoughts.
As a result, EA has created the new HyperMotion Technology that seeks to make FIFA 22 feel like the most authentic and immersive football gameplay ever.
Here’s the latest FIFA 22 Gameplay Trailer from EA:
EA also claims that HyperMotion is set to add over 4,000 new animations to the game to make for easier player transitions and seamless football matches.
You can learn more about this exciting new breakthrough via EA’s sit-down discussion and HyperMotion video below.
As well as HyperMotion Technology, EA also promises the following new Gameplay innovations to reshape the way the game is played:
- Full Team Authentic Motion
- Tactical A.I.
- Kinetic Air Battles
- Composed Ball Control
- Player Humanization
- Goalkeeper Rewrite
- True Ball Physics
- Explosive Sprint
We’ll learn even more about all these features as EA continues to roll out more reveal videos showcasing FIFA 22.
The FIFA 22 release date is set to be an exhilarating time for the community and will no doubt have plenty of entertaining and fond memories for players in 2021 and beyond.
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