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FIFA 22: release date, demo, price, pre-orders and more

FIFA 22: release date, demo, price, pre-orders and more

FIFA 22 is almost here, and we have a ton of details about what’s in store for this year’s instalment in the series.

The face of FIFA 21, Kylian Mbappe, is back to grace the boxart again this year.

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The cover star for Fifa 22 has already been revealed[/caption]

And no doubt PS5 and Xbox Series X|S players are excited to see what next-gen exclusive features FIFA 22 brings with it. So without further ado, let’s dive in.

FIFA 22 release date

FIFA 22 is launching on Friday, October 1, on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, and Nintendo Switch.

Eager fans can start playing early, from Monday, September 27 with FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition.

You can play even earlier if you have an EA Play subscription, which grants early access from Wednesday, September 22.

There’s no free upgrade path for the game between console generations unless you buy the Ultimate Edition, but it’s the priciest option of the bunch so you’ll still be paying for the privilege.

FIFA 22 demo

Unfortunately, it looks like there’s not going to be a FIFA 22 demo this year.

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EA pulled the plug on a FIFA 21 demo last year, and it seems like we’re getting a repeat situation.

What we did get was a week of early access to the game, which is the case with FIFA 22 as well.

When asked on Twitter about whether we’d see a FIFA 22 demo, the EAHelp account replied:

“There has not been any official announcement at this stage about a Demo release, so I would advise you to keep an eye on the official Twitter account for the game here for any updates or announcements as we get nearer to the game release.”

FIFA 22 pre-orders

There are two Standard Editions of FIFA 22 available, which are tied to last-gen and current gen consoles.

If you know you’re going to be upgrading from last-gen hardware to a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, then it’s worth picking up FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition.

This edition of the game comes with ‘Dual Entitlement’ which basically means you get the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S version for free.

  • FIFA 22 Standard Edition
    • Team of the Week 1 Player
    • Kylian Mbappé Loan Item
    • FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
    • Career Mode Homegrown Talent
    • Standard Edition prices vary depending on your platform:
    • PS4 / Xbox One: £59.99 / $59.99
    • PS5 / Xbox Series X|S: £69.99 / $69.99
    • PC: £49.99 / $59.99
  • FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition
    • Team of the Week 1 Player
    • Kylian Mbappé Loan Item
    • FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
    • Career Mode Homegrown Talent
    • Untradeable Ones to Watch Player Item (from Oct. 1)
    • 4 days Early Access (from Sept. 27)
    • 4600 FIFA Points
    • Dual Entitlement – get PS5/ Xbox Series X|S upgrade for free (consoles only)
    • Ultimate Edition prices vary depending on your platform:
    • Consoles: £89.99 / $99.99
    • PC: £69.99 / $79.99

You can pre-order FIFA 22 now from retailers, as well as digital storefronts.

FIFA 22 gameplay

FIFA 22 isn’t deviating too far from the series’ traditional gameplay, but EA has added a few new features to spice things up a bit this year.

Hypermotion is the most hyped addition to the game, and will only be found in the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game, as well as Stadia.

The new animation system uses motion capture and a machine-learning algorithm to create a more realistic feel.

Career Mode is getting an overhaul, allowing players to create their own club.

You can pick your league, club name, home and away kits – the whole shebang.

Player Career is also getting a significant tweak, allowing your player to come off the bench during a match.

Volta Football mode has been revamped in the hopes of making it more popular with fans.

Signature moves will now be a thing, as is the new skill meter. For those wanting to play with friends, Volta Arcade lets you dive into fun party games for z “weekend-only, free-for-all, lighthearted bash”.

Ultimate Team will also be seeing some improvements with redesigned Division Rivals and FUT Champions.

There’s a new seasonal progression system, as well as Elite Division for more skilled players to compete.

FIFA 22 player rankings

The ratings for the top 22 FIFA players was announced via the EA Sports Twitter account with more detailed stats available on the website.

We’ve popped the player names and overall rating below but you can head to the EA site if you want a more granular breakdown.

  • Lionel Messi – 93
  • Robert Lewandowski – 92
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 91
  • Kevin De Bruyne – 91
  • Kylian Mbappé
  1. Lionel Messi – 93
  2. Robert Lewandowski – 92
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 91
  4. Kevin De Bruyne – 91
  5. Kylian Mbappé – 91
  6. Neymar Jr – 91
  7. Jan Oblak – 91
  8. Harry Kane – 90
  9. N’Golo Kanté – 90
  10. Manuel Neuer – 90
  11. Marc-André Ter Stegen – 90
  12. Mohamed Salah – 89
  13. Gianluigi Donnarumma – 89
  14. Karim Benzema – 89
  15. Virgil Van Dijk – 89
  16. Joshua Kimmich – 89
  17. Heung Min Son – 89
  18. Alisson – 89
  19. Thibaut Courtois – 89
  20. Casemiro – 89
  21. Ederson – 89
  22. Saido Mané – 89
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The game is expected to be more realistic than ever[/caption]

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Fifa 22 AI is significantly more advanced than in previous games[/caption]

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