FIFA 15 Release Date: What Buyers Need to Know Now

The FIFA 15 release date arrives this week, bringing better graphics, new features and upgraded team tactics to FIFA 15 fans on all consoles. If you plan to pick up the game this week, here are 11 things you need to know about the FIFA 15 release date.

Many players already tried the FIFA 15 demo or are already playing the full game as part of the EA Access FIFA 15 trial, but for there is still a lot you need to know about the new FIFA release for fall 2014.

Update: FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Arrives

There is no need to pre-order if you want to buy FIFA 15 on day one, but you can score some bonus items with retail and digital FIFA 15 pre-orders. We aren’t seeing many FIFA 15 deals right now, but if you need to save on your purchase we have an idea when you’ll be able to buy.

Here's what you need to know about the FIFA 15 release date.

Here’s what you need to know about the FIFA 15 release date.

Keep reading to learn what you can expect on the FIFA 15 release date, including what buyers need to know. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that even though the FIFA 15 release comes to many consoles and PC, you’ll get the best experience on newer consoles, so it may be the right time to upgrade to the Xbox One or PS4.

FIFA 15 is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. There is no Wii U version of FIFA 15. The basic version of FIFA 15 starts at $59.99.

FIFA 15 Release Date

The FIFA 15 release date is September 23rd in the U.S. and the FIFA 15 UK release date is September 26th. Don’t expect any stores to sell out of FIFA 15 on release day. Even without pre-orders EA knows how many copies people will likely buy and is ready.

If you want to stop at Walmart or GameStop on your way home from work to buy a copy for yourself or for your kid, you won’t have any trouble and the only line you’ll see is everyone else waiting on the one customer service rep on staff.

FIFA 15 vs FIFA 15 Ultimate Edition

Pick the right version of FIFA 15 for your playing style.

Pick the right version of FIFA 15 for your playing style.

You can buy two versions of FIFA 15 at release. The basic FIFA 15 version includes the game and that’s it. If you play the FIFA Ultimate Team mode or FUT, you’ll probably want to spend $10 more on the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team edition. Here’s what you get with FIFA 15 Ultimate Edition;

  • 40 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Gold Packs
  • Adidas All Star Team
  • Adidas Predator boot collection
  • 3 new goal celebrations
  • Added pre-order content

You don’t get all 40 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team gold packs on day one. They arrive over the next weeks several at a time.

FIFA 15 on PS4, Xbox One & PC is Best

After a FIFA release that didn’t look better on PS4 or Xbox One last year EA poured resources into making FIFA 15 shine on the new consoles and on PC. If you plan to buy FIFA 15 and other games this fall, now is a good time to buy an Xbox One or PS4. Here are five areas FIFA 15 is better on PS4 and Xbox One.

  1. Better Graphics
  2. Smarter Goalkeepers
  3. Emotional Intelligence
  4. Enhanced Commentary
  5. Living Pitch

You’ll still have fun on Xbox 360 and PS3, bit on other older consoles you end up with a Legacy Edition with fewer features.

FIFA 15 Pre-Order Bonus

If you pre-order FIFA 15 from almost any store you’ll get $15 worth of FUT Gold packs. This is available on the regular edition only.

If you go with a GameStop FIFA 15 pre-order you also unlock three new celebrations including Flag Kick, Standing Tall and Kiss the Wrist.

If you pre-order the regular version on Xbox One digitally you also get 15 free FUT packs.

FIFA 15 App

If you want to play FIFA 15 on iPhone, iPad or Android you can download FIFA 15 Ultimate Team on your mobile device. This puts a focus on the Ultimate Team Mode. You manage your team and play matches, but the graphics won’t blow you away.

You can use a controller with FIFA Mobile on iOS an Android. The FIFA 15 mobile game should arrive later this week.

Midnight FIFA 15 Release

You won’t find many midnight FIFA 15 release events, but there is at least one you can count on. Many GameStop locations are open late for a midnight FIFA 15 event.

GameStop is one of the only places you'll find a midnight FIFA 15 release.

GameStop is one of the few places you’ll find a midnight FIFA 15 release.

Doors open at 9 PM local time for so you can check out anytime before midnight, and then pick up at 12:01 AM on the FIFA 15 release. Stores will stay open until 12:30 AM.

It does not look like Best Buy will be open for a midnight FIFA 15 release this year.

Digital FIFA 15 Release Date

You can buy a digital FIFA 15 release on PS4, PC and Xbox One. You can pre-order the regular and Ultimate Edition on these consoles and PC.

You can buy regular and the Ultimate Edition digitally.

You can buy regular and the Ultimate Edition digitally.

You can pre-load the FIFA 15 game before the release date, but you can’t play until the clock hits September 23rd. On the PS4 & Xbox One the FIFA 15 release time is 12:01 AM Pacific, so 3 AM Eastern.

Best FIFA 15 Deals Coming Later

If you missed out on the early FIFA 15 deal that cut the price to $35 you’ll need to wait a few weeks for any major deals. There is no big FIFA 14 trade-in value or discounts on FIFA 15 at most retailers. There is also no FIFA 15 Xbox One bundle in the U.S.

If this is anything like Madden 15 you can expect $10 to $20 off with the first big FIFA 15 deals coming two-three weeks after the release.

FIFA 15 Gameplay Videos

You can learn about the new FIFA 15 features and see how the game looks by watching FIFA 15 gameplay videos. If you haven’t had time to download the FIFA 15 demo or can’t get in on the FIFA 15 trial, this is the best way for buyers to know what’s coming in the new FIFA release.

You can watch the FIFA 15 features and gameplay videos above, and check out a full game of FIFA 15 in the video below.

FIFA 15 Player Ratings

EA announced the top 50 FIFA 15 players, from Messi to Chiellini so that you know who you want to get for your FIFA 15 Ultimate Team and what teams you should look at starting with for an early win against your friends.

Here are the best FIFA 15 players.

Here are the best FIFA 15 players.

Check out the best FIFA 15 players to get an edge on the competition ahead of the FIFA 15 release this week.

Big Change for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Mode

EA pulled a popular Ultimate Team option to crack down on FIFA 15 cheaters before the release.

EA pulled a popular Ultimate Team option to crack down on FIFA 15 cheaters before the release.

One week before the FIFA 15 release EA announced that it was pulling a popular feature from the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team mode. This change will anger some fans, but EA pulled the feature to prevent coin sellers and account phishers from targeting users in FIFA 15.

Although some honest players used this feature to trade with friends, it became one of the methods used by coin sellers to sell and move coins. Account phishers also abused Trade Offers by moving stolen players and coins after wrongfully gaining access to unsuspecting FUT player accounts.

This will also address “bid bumping”, where people would try and trick others into bidding far more than they wanted for a player item.

It was a tough decision, but this is the right step towards improving security, showing cheaters the red card, and keeping FUT safe for all FIFA fans.” 

EA explains the decision, and also limits the number of Transfer Targets and includes Origin Login before some FUT transactions.