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It's likely that FIFA 22, the next instalment in EA Sports' FIFA game franchise, will be shown off for the first time at EA Play.
The EA Play 2021 showcase is officially part of the E3 2021 schedule, with the event set to take place on Thursday, July 22 2021 at 6pm BST. It's likely that during this event, EA will release details about highly-anticipated video game releases from franchises such as EA Sports' FIFA, Battlefield 2042, BioWare, Star Wars and much more.
Whilst EA's FIFA 21 Ultimate Team content releases continue to be rolled out, including the latest FUT 21 promo Festival of FUTball, many FIFA fans are now looking forward to hearing about what to expect from FIFA 22 when it's released later this year.
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Ahead of EA Play 2021, there have been a few apparent 'leaks' and various rumours circulating on social media regarding news and new features for FIFA 22.
So we've rounded up some of the more high-profile 'leaks' and rumours that have been mentioned on social media, ahead of EA Play 2021 and the release of FIFA 22.
You can check them out below!
FIFA 22 new commentator
Legendary commentator Martin Tyler was removed from FIFA 21, having been a regular in the FIFA gaming franchise previously, with Derek Rae and Lee Dixon featuring on the game instead.
But according to recent rumours, we could be getting another commentary change for FIFA 22.
According to @FUTZONECENTRAL on Twitter, high-profile pundit Alex Scott will feature as a commentator on FIFA 22.
If this is true, it would be the first time a female commentator has featured on a FIFA game in the history of the franchise, which would be a really exciting and important change.
FIFA 22 FPS Boost
FIFA 21 was first released worldwide in October 2020, but the next-generation version of the game wasn't released until December 2020, following the release of next-gen consoles such as the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5.
The next-gen version of FIFA 21 featured 4K resolution, 60 FPS, smoother gameplay and improved graphics including muscle physics and hair model improvements.
But according to both @DonkTrading and @FutArcade, FIFA 22 will be marketed as being 'True Next-Gen' and the game will be able to run at 120 FPS, which is double the frame rate of FIFA 21.
This would be a major step forward for the franchise.
FIFA 22 Beta
Every year EA release a Beta version of the new FIFA release prior to its official release date to a select number of players.
This allows EA to get feedback on the new game and allows them to implement any changes based on that feedback.
According to @PlaystationSize, the FIFA 22 Beta has now been uploaded to the PlayStation store.
At the moment, it's been reported that this is a closed Beta open to a select number of players in North America only.
There's no guaranteed way of receiving an invite to test the FIFA 22 Beta, but there are things you can do to increase your chances of receiving a code in July/August.
To increase your eligibility for the FIFA 22 Beta you need to be opted-in to receive FIFA and EA emails. Go to your account page select the first box, where it says “EA may email me about EA news, products, events and promotions”.
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FIFA 22 new FUT Icons
FIFA 21 featured 100 FUT Icons, which were playable within the FIFA 21 Ultimate Team game mode (if you were lucky enough to pack or buy one), with each of these Icons having four versions.
There were also some brand new FUT Icons that were added for FIFA 21 including David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Ashley Cole, Petr Cech, Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres, Philip Lahm, Ferenc Puskas, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Davor Suker, Nemanja Vidic and Xavi.
And according to @KingLangpard, there may be a few more Icons added in time for FUT 22.
The following FUT Icons have been added to FIFA Mobile 4, which has raised the possibility of these Icons being added to FUT 22.
- Gabriel Batistuta
- Robin Van Persie
- Park Ji Sung
- Jaap Stam
- Cha Bum-kun
- Diego Forlan
- Wesley Sneidjer
- Iker Casillas
Of course, as with any new gaming release, there are always unfounded rumours and 'leaks' circulating to some extent, so it's best to take them with a pinch of salt until new features are officially confirmed.
But it's certainly interesting to see the 'leaks' and rumours out there ahead of the release of FIFA 22, but more is expected to be revealed at EA Play 2021 on Thursday, July 22 2021 at 6pm BST.
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FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with FIFA 21 next-gen also available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Players who have purchased one of the new next-generation consoles including the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and who have already previously purchased FIFA 21 on their older consoles, can now upgrade to FIFA 21 next-gen for free through Dual Entitlement.
Players can also carry over their progress and content in Ultimate Team and Volta Football in FIFA 21.