FIFA 21 will not have cross-play at launch17th August 2020
FIFA 21 will not boast cross-play support at launch, nor will it feature cross-generation compatibility, meaning players can only match with others on the same system.
The concept of cross-play is one that has been long sought after, as it allows gamers on PlayStation, Xbox and PC to all have fun together.
It is also one that has become partially realised with titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare enabling the feature across all supported platforms.
However, the FIFA Direct Communication Twitter account has confirmed the ability to play with others on different systems will not be available for FIFA 21.
Additionally, even those playing on consoles developed by the same manufacturer will be restricted from playing with one another.
PlayStation 4 users will be unable to connect with those on PS5 much in the same way as Xbox One gamers won’t be able to play with Series X owners.
This will come as a blow to anyone who was not planning on upgrading their systems this year, as the number of people they can match with has been reduced significantly.
Though, the publisher has said in the past anyone who purchases FIFA 21 on the current generation will receive a free upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X in the future.
While cross-play and cross-generation support have been ruled out, the FIFA Direct Communication account also confirmed that progression will carry over between generations.
This means players can pick up a copy of FIFA 21 and begin building their Ultimate Team on launch without worrying about losing their club when the new consoles are released.
FIFA 21 will release on October 9, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with next-gen iterations expected to arrive later in the year.
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