FIFA 21 Ultimate Team: Next Gen Details, Pre-order, EA Play Reveal, Wishlist, Web App, Ratings, Ones to Watch, ICONs, & more

FUT 21 will bring explosive online action to the series, especially with Next Gen consoles on the way.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

How will FIFA 21 manage the transition into Next Gen consoles?

Here’s all we know so far.

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EA Play Announcement

If you’re worried about paying for FIFA 21 twice on current and then Next Gen, fear not.

EA Play has announced that you will be able to take your FUT 21 data from FIFA 21 onto PS5 & Xbox Series X.

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DUAL ENTITLEMENT – Receive a free upgrade on Next Gen if you purchase the game before FIFA 22!

If you purchase the game on PS4 or Xbox One, you will get the game free on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Not only that, but your data for Ultimate Team and Volta Football will be taken over onto the Next Gen console.

Pre-order

Of course if you want to make sure you can hit the ground running, you’ll want to pre-order.

We’ve got you covered! Head over here for our guide on the different Editions and the best way to ensure you can play FIFA 21 as early as possible!

READ MORE: Pre-order FIFA 21 HERE

FIFA 21 Ultimate team reveal set for August

After the FIFA 21 EA Play announcement, there has now been a post that is likely to send FIFA fans into a frenzy!

We could be seeing more on FIFA 21 Ultimate Team in August!

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AMAZING AUGUST: We can’t wait to see more!

These dates are subject to change, but we’re hoping everything goes ahead as planned. Check out the full post below!

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Growth in FIFA 20

Season objectives on FIFA 20 finally rewarded players who weren’t spending a fortune on their team, and FUT Friendlies put the fun firmly back into FIFA Ultimate Team.

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GAME CHANGER: The new FUT Objectives got fans on-side

The customisation made everyone’s team feel bespoke and has left FIFA players in a much more content position with the online game.

Couple that with greater accessibility from the squad screen, then only a few subtle tweaks need to be added ahead of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

Academy cards

For the first time ever in Ultimate Team, on FIFA 20 we saw the launch of Academy cards.

These were items that could at first be unlocked via objectives, with further objectives allowing you to “level up” the item.

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UPGRADE – The Academy Dan James was unlockable and upgradable by in-game objectives

More items like this, that do not require serious coin grinding for packs and SBCs, will go down a hit with fans.

READ MORE: FIFA 20’s Academy cards EXPLAINED

Only Dan James, Martin Odegaard and Victor Osimhen received Academy cards as part of the Future Stars promo on FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, so let’s hope for more items on FUT 21.

Going Seasonal

Seasons has been a great feature in FIFA Ultimate Team, and something we see to be growing in popularity as time goes on.

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TIS THE SEASON – Could we see more expanded FUT promos like Futmas on FIFA 21?

With ICON Swaps and a whole string of SBC or Objectives items, this presents itself with the perfect opportunity for players to find at least one item worth chasing.

READ MORE: FUT 20 Season 5 REVEALED – Everything arriving in Ultimate Team

Could they step this up for FIFA 21 by marrying some of their promos with a Season?

Look at how EA operates over Futmas. Special kits and player items are available over the festive period, and perhaps it’s time do the same over Ultimate Scream and FUT Birthday.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Wishlist

Not only can FUT 21 build on 20’s successes, but it can also add some new elements.

Pack success rates

Hopefully, this will be the year EA change the success rate in Ultimate Team packs.

In a normal gold pack, there is only a 7.9% chance of picking up a player rated 82 or higher, and that falls to 3.6% for 83+ rated players.

FIFA 20 Ultimate Team pack success rates

PackPrice75+82+83+84+85+86+87+88+90+
Gold5k100%7.9%3.6%      
Premium Gold7.5k100%19% 4.6%     
Premium Electrum Players12.5k100%39%  4.4%    
Premium Gold Jumbo15k100%40%  4.6%    
Premium Gold Players25k100%55%   3.9%   
Mega35k100%77%    5.6%  
Prime Gold Players45k100%78%    5.2%  
Rare Player50k100%95%     6.5% 
Ultimate125k100%99%      2.4%

Data from goal.com

Of course, EA implements this to stop the cash-rich players from buying a load of packs and getting instant success, but it actually harms everyone across the board.

Improved matchmaking

On a similar note, if there was improved matchmaking on Ultimate Team, like for FIFA 20 Online Seasons, where you only come up against a team with a similar rating, it would provide a level playing field.

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NO CHANCE: It’s not really fair when you come up against Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Ultimate Team

More customisation

The customisation in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team has been fantastic, but this can go further.

Deeper customisation of kits, crests, stadiums, balls and fan chants can keep this going.

Improved connectivity

EA have made statements in recent weeks regarding their work on the online servers, and of course, there is only so much they can do in this department, they are making progress.

With a greater processing speed on the upcoming next-gen consoles, perhaps this can be achieved in the not-so-distant future.

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New FUT 21 ICONs

With over 80 ICONs on FIFA 20, there aren’t many legends of the game that EA has to choose from.

We have a look five contenders who could arrive on the next game:

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer last appeared in the FIFA series back in FIFA 17, and we feel the Kaiser is due for a return.

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Given he is a Bayern Munich legend, a FUT 21 card could be unlikely, with Bayern one of Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer partner clubs.

John Terry

John Terry is a Chelsea legend through and through, having won the Champions League, five Premier Leagues and five FA Cups during his career with the Blues.

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The current Aston Villa assistant manager would be a great defensive option on Ultimate Team, having last appeared on the game in FIFA 18.

Ashley Cole

It’s a similar case for fellow Chelsea man Ashley Cole, who retired last season after a 20-year career that spanned 16 trophies and three continents.

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With Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, Marcel Desailly, Ruud Gullit, Didier Drogba and Gianfranco Zola, the list of Chelsea legends is only set to grow on FIFA 21.

Francesco Totti

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Francesco Totti would be a welcome addition to FIFA Ultimate Team, with the Roma legend one of the most iconic players to wear the number 10 shirt.

The forward spent his entire career with I Giallorossi, winning one Serie A title, two Copa Italias, and two Supercoppa Italianas.

Nemanja Vidic

One of the hardest men to play in the Premier League, Nemanja Vidic captained Manchester United to five Premier League titles and a Champions League.

He formed a formidable defensive partnership with current FUT ICON Rio Ferdinand.

Two New Icons Found

Well known FUT website and notorious data miner FUT Watch seems to have found TWO new icons in the game’s code that may indicate at future icon releases.

After Title Update #12 was released in March, FUT Watch began to explore the code and found ICON data for Eric Abidal and Lilian Thuram.

Another user @imSeanFUT1 also commented on the fact that Vidic was there from the start but hasn’t been released.

Perhaps this has something to do with the rapidly approaching UEFA European Football Championship this summer?

To find out more about these potential new Icons, head here.

Ones To Watch (OTW)

Among the most popular of cards on FIFA Ultimate Team are Ones To Watch items.

These are players who have moved clubs in the recent transfer window, and receive a “live” card on FIFA 21.

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Every time they receive an in-form rating from the Team of the Week, their Ones To Watch card will match that rating.

The only major signing so far has been Hakim Ziyech’s £35 million move from Ajax to Chelsea.

We wait to see which players could become Ones To Watch.

FIFA 21 Player Rating Predictions

One of the most anticipated aspects of a new FIFA game is always the player ratings and which players rank amongst the best.

The following players are who we expect to be the top five rated players in FIFA 21 and their predicted ratings.

Lionel Messi (OVR 93)

No prizes for guessing who we predict as the number one man on FIFA 21 – it’s got be the footballing phenomenon that is Lionel Messi.

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Messi has produced 13 goals and six assists in 14 games in La Liga so far this season and recently won the ballon d’Or.

However, due to his age and his lack of European success recently we expect his overall rating to drop to 93.

Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 92)

For years, Messi and Ronaldo have been battling out for top spot.

It’s fair to say that the two of them have been in a league of their own in the footballing world, but now others are catching up.

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The Portuguese forward has smashed in 21 Serie A goals so far this season, but will be 35 years old by the time FIFA 21 comes out!

Unless Juve win the Champions League, we can’t see Ronaldo getting above a 92 rating.

Kevin De Bruyne (OVR 92)

As all Premier League fans have been witness to this season, Kevin De Bruyne has been utterly outstanding in his most recent Man City campaign.

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Guardiola’s squad have fallen short of Liverpool this season, and we dread to think how much bigger that gap would be if they didn’t have KDB.

92 overall would be a fair reflection of the Belgian’s talent.

Neymar (OVR 92)

The Brazilian Neymar is probably in the prime of his footballing career – 18 goals and 10 assists in 22 appearances so far this season and it looks like Neymar fancies a move back to Barcelona.

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Therefore, FIFA 21 will likely see the winger retain his 92 overall rating, but could we see a change of club?

Virgil van Dijk (OVR 91)

It’s not often that a centre back is hailed as a world class team’s best player – enter Virgil van Dijk.

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The Dutchman has been an unbreakable force at the back for Liverpool, as they sail ahead in the Premier League.

READ MORE: FIFA 21 Player Ratings Predictions – who deserves an upgrade?

Van Dijk probably deserves to be rated higher than 91 overall, but having been rated 90 last year, it’s unlikely he’ll jump to the lofty heights of 92.

FUT 21 Web App

We can’t wait to get our hands on and start building our FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and you can even get started before the game’s release.

The FUT 21 Web App should arrive on 17 September 2020 – a day before EA access drop for FIFA 21.

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HANDS ON – Get your new Ultimate Team at your fingertips before FIFA 21’s release

This gets you access to your brand new Ultimate Team up to nine days before FIFA 20 is released.

Next Gen

With two new consoles arriving later this year, there is excitement growing for what FIFA 21 could look like on both PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Although there won’t be significant changes for Ultimate Team just yet, you may be able to identify a change in gameplay.

Lag reduction has been an important aspect for both Sony and Microsoft for their new consoles, and will certainly affect timing in the online game.

READ MORE: Everything we know about FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X

Card Design

FIFA’s Ultimate Team has evolved card design a lot over its long tenure as one of the most popular modes in the series.

It seems things are ramping up heavily in FIFA 20, where we’re seeing many powerful new cards push the pace.

This is all leading up to what we might call the end game, which is in full swing ahead of FIFA 21’s launch. That means these last few months of FIFA 20 will be some of the most exciting and explosive we’ll see.

We can only hope this will slow down with FIFA 21. That way the Ultimate Team experience can feel like a steady growth.

If not, it could simply be an arms race from day one that will push away many newer players.

To read everything about FIFA 21, including release date, cover star, trailer, Career mode, Ultimate Team and more, head here.

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