'FIFA 21' Release Date Time: When You Can Download Latest EA Soccer Game Early

EA Sports is ready to release its annual premiere soccer simulator, FIFA 21 this week with players being able to run onto the pitch at different times depending on the version of the game you purchase.

Like other EA sports games, purchasing a souped-up version of one of its annual releases will give a few days to play the game before anyone else.

Keep reading to get all the information you need on FIFA 21's release including when you can start playing and what pre-order bonuses are still available.

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What Time Is FIFA 21 Available To Download?

FIFA 21 will be released for PS4, Xbox One X and PC on either Tuesday, October 2 or Friday, October 9. Unfortunately, the official PlayStation Store listing doesn't give the exact time, but the Microsoft Store listing does.

According to the Microsoft Store, FIFA 21 will release at 12 a.m. on both dates. This is also the same time past PS Store listings of game releases have stated.

FIFA 21 Pre-Order Bonuses and Early Access

There are three versions of FIFA 21 that gamers will want to look into, but only two of them give early access to the upcoming soccer game.

Pre-ordering the standard version of FIFA 21 for $59.99 will net players the following bonuses:

  • Up to 3 Rare Gold Packs, 1 per week for 3 weeks
  • Kylian Mbappé Loan Item, for 5 FUT matches
  • FUT Ambassador Player Pick, choose 1 of 3 player items for 3 FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT Kits and Stadium items

However, if you want to splurge a bit—and gain that early access—the Champions and Ultimate Editions will give you a lot more for your money.

Here's what the Champions Edition will offers for $79.99:

  • 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 12 Rare Gold Packs, 1 per week for 12 weeks
  • Kylian Mbappé Loan Item, for 5 FUT matches
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent, local youth prospect with world-class potential
  • FUT Ambassador Player Pick, choose 1 of 3 player items for 3 FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT Kits and Stadium Items

For a bit more, players can get the Ultimate Edition and all the pre-order bonuses it comes with for $89.99. Here's what's included:

  • 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 24 Rare Gold Packs, 2 per week for 12 weeks
  • Kylian Mbappé Loan Item, for 5 FUT matches
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent, local youth prospect with world-class potential
  • FUT Ambassador Player Pick, choose 1 of 3 player items for 3 FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT Kits and Stadium Items

Are you excited for the next FIFA? Let us know your thoughts on this year's edition in the comments section.