How do you play FIFA 22 early? The official release date for FIFA 22 is 1st October, but if you want to get a head-start on your FUT 22 team, then you're going to want to know how to play early. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can begin building your Ultimate Team before launch day. In this FIFA 22 guide, we're going to explain how to play early, including the Ultimate Edition Early Access release date and EA Play Trial.

FIFA 22 Release Dates: Ultimate Edition Early Access and EA Play Trial

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You won't need to wait until FIFA 22's official release date on 1st October to start building your FUT 22 squad or begin your Pro Clubs career. EA Sports has lined up a couple of ways for you to get started early. On this page we're going to explain how to play FIFA 22 early, including the game's Ultimate Edition Early Access release date and EA Play Trial.

FIFA 22 EA Play Trial

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EA Play is FIFA 22 publisher Electronic Arts' subscription service, which offers a number of perks, including automatic FUT 22 seasonal progress, 10% discounts on FIFA Points purchases, and VOLTA Football cosmetic rewards. As part of the membership you'll get early access to 10 hour trials for upcoming EA Sports titles, including FIFA 22. The EA Play trial for FIFA 22 will allow you to play from 22nd September, 2021. The FIFA 22 trial is available on the PS Store now. You can download it through here by selecting Early Access Trial.

It's worth noting that you'll only be able to play the EA Play trial for a total of 10 hours, although issues with Madden NFL 22's trial on Xbox Series X|S did result in a time extension for Xbox players earlier in the year. It's unlikely that EA Sports will repeat the same mistake twice, but it's not unprecedented for trials to be extended.

You can find a full list of All EA Play Games on PS5, PS4 through the link. A subscription to EA Play costs £3.99/$4.99 per month, or £19.99/$29.99 per year. You can subscribe for just a single month in order to download and play the EA Play trial of FIFA 22. Your save progress will carry across to the full game, including any acquisitions you make for your FUT 22 team.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition Early Access

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If you're willing to splash the cash on FIFA 22 this year, you'll be able to play the full game from 27th September with the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition. In addition to Early Access, the Ultimate Edition also includes the following perks:

  • PS5 and PS4 Versions
  • 1x FUT Ones to Watch Item
  • 1x Team of the Week 1 Item
  • 4,600 FIFA Points
  • Kylian Mbappe Loan Item
  • FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent

The Ultimate Edition retails for £89.99/$99.99, but does include a lot of value for the price point, including that all-important Early Access to the full-game. If you're planning to play a lot of FUT 22 over the course of the coming season, then it's well worth the price of admission. The FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition is available to download and play from the PS Store now.

Will you play FIFA 22 early? Find All Changes and Improvements from FIFA 21 through the link, refer to our FIFA 22 guide, and once you've started playing, check out our Best Formations and Custom Tactics for FUT and How to Make Coins in FUT pages.