If you have been planning on checking out FIFA 21 before its release but you don't have an active EA Play subscription, you're now completely out of luck. For the first time during the PlayStation 4 generation, EA Sports has confirmed that its latest football simulator will not have a free demo available for all on the PlayStation Store. EA Play members will still gain access to a 10-hour trial on 1st October 2020, but that's the only way you'll be able to sample its offerings prior to launch.
This news comes out of the official EA Sports FIFA Twitter account, with the reason stated as: "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."
Presumably, a lot of work is going into getting the PlayStation 5 version in tiptop shape, but given the state that Madden NFL 21 recently released in, this could be seen as a bit of a worrying sign. Let's hope FIFA 21 doesn't suffer the same fate and hasn't dropped any features as we head into the next generation of consoles. That happens far too often nowadays.
Had you been hoping to play the FIFA 21 demo? Will you now sign up for EA Play to get your hands on the 10-hour trials? Let us know in the comments below.