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.

17 Comments

  1. donnie

    09/21/2014 at 4:07 pm

    RIP fifa for me. I am 32 years old and can’t be sold on the glitter. I’ve played fifa since early 90’s and have followed the franchise pretty closely. The fact that I have to buy a whole new console just so my players can have better AI is a deal breaker. I downloaded the xbox 360 demo and it was pretty much fifa 14. All I care about is good gameplay and fifa 14 was a big dive compared to 13. But it’s a numbers game and I am sure this Ultimate team crap appeals to the younger demographic. I havent played PES since 08. I guess its time to give it a try instead. At least I know it will be different than 14 on xbox 360. But ill be back maybe when there is a fifa for oculus rift in like ten years or something.

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  2. Kashya

    09/21/2014 at 8:20 pm

    As technology advances, you’re going to be forced to buy the newest consoles as nobody wants to stay stuck creating games for those that don’t want to advance. My advice? Get over it, mate. PES is a far cry away from matching or passing FIFA.

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  3. al

    09/21/2014 at 9:20 pm

    Mate, if your 32 years old and cant affort an xbox one you have much bigger issues. Also, the AI will obviously still be improved on the older consoles FIFA; the graphics just wont be up to snuff.

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    • donnie

      09/23/2014 at 2:18 pm

      You should take some reading comprehension classes mate. I never said I couldn’t afford it. And the article tells you that the 360 version doesn’t include much more than graphics. Yet it is priced the same.

      Reply

  4. Althony Ball

    09/21/2014 at 10:14 pm

    You can play demo Fifa 15 , but you need product key . I find out a register key and playgame without key . Download source game on Origin , patch key and run when you log in game . Key in here : http://goo.gl/HLSwg3

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  5. Novia

    09/22/2014 at 1:28 am

    Legit site to buy fifa 15 coins for xbox, PS, PC, IOS: http://www.fifa15buy.com/?-affi-13414

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  6. mama

    09/22/2014 at 8:04 am

  7. Sahab Yunis

    09/22/2014 at 9:18 am

    When will the game be out for digital download for the Xbox 360?

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  8. Joe Sanders

    09/22/2014 at 2:37 pm

    So my PS3 cant read disks anymore so I have just been buying fifas on the digital online playstation network store. I did some research and found that i couldnt preorder fifa 15 for ps3 on the online store but I couldn’t find whether or not id be able to get fifa 15 eventually? Do you know when it comes out for digital download on the ps3?

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  9. Ray

    09/23/2014 at 3:43 am

    So I own a PS3 that doesn’t read discs and I buy all my games on PSN…does this mean I won’t be able to play FIFA 15 unless I buy a new PS3 that can read discs or a PS4? This really pissed me off I might now buy anything from EA at all…I guess ill play NBA 2K…very disappointed

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    • Joe Sanders

      09/23/2014 at 2:11 pm

      Hey, I have the same problem.. do you know if it will eventually or when it will come out on PSN?

      Reply

  10. darrentubbs

    09/24/2014 at 1:59 am

    Al ur mum’s proberly buying ur fifa 15 m8 it’s u dat can’t afford it mummy’s boy lol

    Reply

    • Joe Sanders

      09/24/2014 at 8:46 am

      All* your* mom’s* are** probably* buying your* FIFA 15 mates*, it’s you* that* can’t afford it momma’s* boy. lol

      Learn how to spell you idiot.

      Reply

  11. James

    09/24/2014 at 10:51 am

    Fifa 15!!! Its gonna be absolutely fantastic, Pes 15 won’t match it. However, do I have to download the game with internet after purchasing it?😕

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  12. mahamat Andongndou

    09/25/2014 at 11:25 am

    Where’s the playstation 2 version?

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    02/07/2015 at 9:00 am

    i like game

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