EA has a strong recent history of working with Microsoft. Back in 2013, EA launched FIFA Ultimate Team Legends, an Xbox 360 and Xbox One exclusive feature which allowed players to add ‘legends’ of football to their Ultimate Team side. The publisher also launched EA Access, which is a (paid-for) Xbox One exclusive subscription service that gives subscribers access to a variety of EA games, as well as early access to demos.
It was no surprise to see upcoming FIFA title, FIFA 16, make an appearance during Microsoft’s Gamescom 2015 press conference then. Find out what EA had to say announce for FIFA 16 after the break.
FIFA 16 Demo, Xbox One Bundle and Ultimate Team Legends
First and foremost: the FIFA 16 demo will be available on September 17 via EA Access. That means that players on Xbox One will be able to play the game 5 days-to a week before the game’s release date, depending on their region. There’s no word on when the demo will be released on other platforms/if it will be released on other platforms at all, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense for EA to keep the demo as a console exclusive once the game is out.
EA and Microsoft also announced two different FIFA 16 Xbox One bundles. The bundles, which are available for pre-order right now, come in two sizes: 500 GB and 1TB of storage space. The Xbox One bundles come with a downloadable copy of FIFA 16, a wireless Xbox One controller, one month of EA Access (12 months for the 1TB Xbox One) and three FIFA Ultimate Team Legends loans.
And speaking of FIFA Ultimate Team Legends, EA also revealed that several new famous footballers will be added to Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 16. These include: Vitor Baia, George Best, Deco, Gennaro Gattuso, Ryan Giggs, Jari Litmanen, Alessandro Nesta, and Javier Zanetti. Additionally, EA is making it easier for Legends footballers to join Ultimate Team sides as players can establish the strongest chemistry bond (the green link) just by sharing a nationality with the players they’re connected to.
FIFA 16 will be released on September 22/24/25 (US/Aus/UK) on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.