The developer broke the news via Twitter, explaining its rationale for not releasing a demo of the game ahead of its October 9 launch. “We’ve made the decision to focus our development team’ s time on delivering the best full game experience for current and next-gen consoles,” it stated.
EA Sports then noted that players can experience the game earlier via the EA Play subscription service from October 1 onwards, or they can wait for the game to launch officially on all available platforms on October 9.
Check out the full tweet below.
We aren't releasing a demo for FIFA 21.
Instead we've made the decision to focus our development team's time on delivering the best full game experience for current & next-gen consoles.
We look forward to EA PLAY members jumping in 10 days from now and launching the game Oct 9.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 21, 2020
The absence of this year’s FIFA demo breaks years of tradition, which typically allows players to test out the game before making a purchase of the full game at a premium price.
The news follows EA Sports’ revelation of the number of changes it is making to the game’s career mode. The first change will be the Interactive Match Simulations, which is a new way to play matches in career mode.
Through Interactive Match Simulations, players will be able to make tactical decisions and adopt the role of a manager as they make decisions on the pitch from a top-down simulation view.
Other new features in FIFA 21 include Active Training, new transfer options, alongside an enhanced opposition A.I, which will present more challenges as computer controlled teams act with more realism than ever before.