FIFA 16 Release: 5 Key Details Emerge

The FIFA 16 release date is still several months away, but new information about the game continues to trickle out as retailers prepare for the FIFA 16 release and we learn what players need to play on a PC.

EA Sports shared some new information at E3 last month, but seems content with letting small pieces of information arrive throughout the July and likely into August as the company builds hype for a new FIFA game.

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For the first time in a FIFA game there are Women’s National Teams including the United States Women’s National team that just won the World Cup.

New FIFA 16 release details that you need to know.

New FIFA 16 release details that you need to know.

The FIFA 16 release date is September 22, 2015 and the game will arrive on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. We don’t know if there will be a FIFA 16 demo yet, but the odds are good that EA Sports will offer one about two weeks before the release date.

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Here are 5 key details about the FIFA 16 release that gamers will definitely want to know about in the build up to September 22nd.

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FIFA 16 Cover Details

EA announced a collection of the new FIFA 16 cover athletes this week including the first woman on the cover of FIFA in Australia.

There are many FIFA 16 cover stars.

There are many FIFA 16 cover stars.

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the star of the FIFA 16 cover, but there are others that vary from region to region.

  • UK & Ireland – Liverpool FC’s Jordan Henderson
  • Australia – Stephanie Catley & One remaining mystery
  • Mexico – C.D. Guadalajara’s Marco Fabián
  • France – Antoine Griezmann from Atlético Madrid
  • Latin America – Chelsea FC’s Juan Cuadrado
  • Japan – Shinji Kagawa in his Borussia Dortmund kit

The global cover features Messi, and the U.S. FIFA 16 cover is not announced yet. There is some speculation that the U.S. FIFA 16 cover will feature a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

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Free EA Access with FIFA 16 Pre-Order

If you pre-order FIFA 16 on the Xbox One you can get a free month of EA Access. This is a $5 value and it will allow you to play the many EA games in the EA Access Vault like FIFA 15, Madden 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, EA Sports UFC and more.

The code arrives 7-10 days after your digital Xbox One FIFA 16 pre-order and can be redeemed before the FIFA 16 release. With EA Access you can also play FIFA 16 earlier in September.

FIFA 16 PC Specs

Here's the FIFA 16 PC specs you need to play.

Here’s the FIFA 16 PC specs you need to play.

EA Sports announced the new FIFA 16 PC specs that users need to know if they want to play on a PC. EA is ready for Windows 10, which arrives later this month, but the minimum specs are pretty generous as well.

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  • OS: Windows 8/8.1/10 -64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5-2550K @ 3.4Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive Space Required: 15.0 GB
  • Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon HD 6870, NVIDIA GTX 460
  • DirectX: 11.0

Minimum Required Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 -64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.1GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Hard Drive Space Required: 15.0 GB
  • Minimum Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon HD 5770, NVIDIA GTX 650
  • DirectX: 11.0
 If you have a decent computer you should be able to play FIFA 16, but make note of the graphics card requirements and plan accordingly.

Midnight FIFA 16 Release

So far there are not many midnight FIFA 16 release details, but one game shop in the UK is already planning the release party.

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Based on past events, we expect to see GameStop and some Best Buy locations offer a FIFA 16 midnight release event. We typically see a large number of GameStop locations open, while Best Buy locations in bigger cities get special treatment.

Early FIFA 16 Release Details Still Up In The Air

We know you can play FIFA 16 early, but are waiting on the exact details.

We know you can play FIFA 16 early, but are waiting on the exact details.

We recently learned that EA bumped up the time to play the EA Access version of some games to 10 hours with the Rory McIlroy PGA Tour release, but we may not see 10 hours of play for the early version of FIFA 16.

EA did confirm that there is an early version of FIFA 16 on Xbox One with EA access, but told Gotta Be Mobile that, “Each game is different, so each trial will be, too. Once we have more info on these specific games, we’ll be sure to update you.”

Last year the EA Access to FIFA offered five hours of play, five days early. The odds are good that we will at least see this same level of early access, but maybe more.

Check out the most exciting new FIFA 16 features.

Check out the most exciting new FIFA 16 features.