The FIFA 16 release date arrives in a week with new FIFA 16 features and visual upgrades that EA hopes are enough to convince gamers to upgrade and to take on Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.
You can play FIFA 16 on Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, but the best new features are limited to the newer consoles and PC.
We’re taking a closer look at the FIFA 16 release date details that buyers need to know about the game as it draws close. EA Sports does not deliver as much attention as we saw for Madden 16, but the FIFA 16 release date is a big event for many gamers.
We’ll take a look at the early FIFA 16 release date options for this year, which is much more limited than last year, an impressive FIFA 16 deal and other important information.
Gamers who plan to buy and play FIFA 16 on day one will want to use this guide to get ready and make any last-minute FIFA 16 pre-orders if they need to make sure to get delivery on day one.
Two FIFA 16 Release Dates
There are two FIFA 16 release dates that gamers need to know about. We can’t tell you why EA staggers the FIFA 16 release date between regions when it has taken steps to ensure the same release time in the U.S., but there is still a few days between the game’s arrival.
The U.S. FIFA 16 release date is on September 22nd. The FIFA 16 release date in the UK, France and many other countries is September 24th.
FIFA 16 Demo Release Date
The FIFA 16 demo release date is finally here and the game is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 8, 2015
As of this time the U.S. PS4 FIFA 16 demo is not available to download, even though the Xbox One version is live. EA confirmed the PC FIFA 16 demo release is coming later today, but has not mentioned why the PS4 FIFA 16 demo is missing in the U.S., but available in other countries.
Some of the FIFA 16 demo release dates are coming as late as the 10th, but this should not be the case in the U.S.
Playing FIFA 16 Early
The FIFA 16 demo offers an option to play early with a limited number of teams and stadiums, but there are options to play FIFA 16 early on the Xbox One with EA Access.
This is a $5 a month or $30 a year program that includes a 10-hour FIFA 16 trial of the full game. This will arrive as a download option on Thursday in the U.S. and in other locals — even those with the later FIFA 16 release date.
All progress in the FIFA 16 trial carries over to the full release of the game. This is only available on the Xbox One. In the past EA offered options to play early on PS3 and Xbox 360, but this is not an option for FIFA 16.
Digital FIFA 16 Release
The digital FIFA 16 release date is the same as on disk and you can even pre-load it so that you can play as soon as the clock hits 12:01 AM on the release date.
When you order digitally and pre-load you can start playing at 12:01 AM Eastern on September 22nd. The time is the same on Pacific and in other time zones across the U.S., so you can play at 9:01 PM Pacific on September 21.
FIFA 16 Deals
Best Buy confirms a huge FIFA 16 deal for users who want to trade in FIFA 15. With this deal you can trade in FIFA 15 on Xbox One or PS4 and get $20 in credit plus a $10 coupon or trade in FIFA 15 for Xbox 360 or PS3 and get $10 plus a $10 coupon. When you factor in all the savings options on this FIFA 16 deal you can get FIFA 16 for as low as $8.
Midnight FIFA 16 Release Date Events
So far there are no confirmed FIFA 16 midnight release date events, but there is a chance that we will see Best Buy or GameStop offer limited midnight release events. If GameStop announces plans you should see an event listed on the GameStop events page.
New FIFA 16 Features
There are a number of new FIFA 16 features that you can try out in the FIFA 16 demo. Check out the new FIFA 16 features roundup to see the new options you can use in the game so that you can make the most of your time with the demo or with the early access on Xbox One.