FIFA 22: how can I download early access to the game?
FIFA 22 Standard Edition launches on 1 October, but gamers can also get early access to Electronic Arts' football sim.
EA Play members can get a sneak preview of FIFA 22, the latest edition of Electronic Arts’ long-running football-simulation video game, a week before its main release date.
FIFA 22 Standard Edition is officially released on Friday 1 October, with versions available for PlayStation 5, XBox Series XS, Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
However, starting on Wednesday 22 September, gamers with EA Play membership have had access to a 10-hour trial of FIFA 22. "Start building your FIFA Ultimate Team™ squad, creating your new club in Career Mode, or hitting the streets in VOLTA FOOTBALL, with all progress you make carrying over to the full game," Electronic Arts said in a press release.
What is EA Play?
EA Play is a paid membership scheme that offers gamers playing Electronic Arts titles exclusive perks that include early access trials of new releases, as well as members-only content and a 10% discount on digital purchases.
How much does EA Play cost?
EA Play costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. You can sign up for the service here.
For PC users, Electronic Arts also offers the premium membership programme EA Play Pro, which costs $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
Avoid the 10-hour limit with EA Play Pro
The chief difference between EA Play and EA Play Pro is that members of the latter scheme are not restricted to 10 hours of early access to new releases. This means that those who have Pro have been able to enjoy unlimited access to FIFA 22 since 22 September.
FIFA Ultimate Edition out earlier than Standard Edition
Another way to avoid having to wait until 1 October to play FIFA 22 is to purchase the game’s Ultimate Edition, which contains features not included in the Standard Edition but retails at a higher price.
The Standard Edition generally costs $59.99, while the Ultimate Edition is typically retailing for $99.99.
You'll find a more in-depth comparison of the Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition prices and features, as well as information on how to pre-order, here.