EA Play is Down as Gamers Rush to Download FIFA 21 Trial

Published: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 13:49 | By: Robert N. Adams
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Electronic Arts
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Electronic Arts
Release Date
October 2, 2020
Series
FIFA
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Newest FIFA Demo Overloads EA Servers

EA Play is down as a horde of gamers rush onto the service to download the FIFA 21 trial. Naturally, this has frustrated many who were looking forward to playing some virtual soccer.

Earlier this year, Electronic Arts decided to change the way it would operate its premium subscription service by merging EA Access and Origin Access into EA Play. This laid the groundwork for the next great generation of gaming, including the upcoming release of FIFA 21.

 
 

Today marks the launch of FIFA 21 EA Play Early Access. It's been less than an hour since launch and EA Play is down — an absolute flood of people have hammered the service and made it nigh-impossible to actually download the game. Thankfully, someone has already discovered a solution.

How to Get the FIFA 21 Trial if EA Play is Down

If EA Play is down, players on both PS4 and Xbox One can still grab the game without using the service. PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to directly download the trial without having to use EA Play at all.

How to get the FIFA 21 Trial on PS4

PS4 gamers can get the FIFA 21 Trial by searching for FIFA 21 on the PlayStation Store and downloading the game.

How to get the FIFA 21 Trial on Xbox One

Xbox gamers can get the FIFA 21 Trial by going directly to the Microsoft Store and downloading the game.


One hopes that the EA Play service outage will be temporary. For now, gamers should still be able to grab the game on PS4 and Xbox One with the methods listed above. You'll be able to play FIFA 21 in full when it launches on October 6, 2020.

At this time, the PC version of the trial hasn't launched. If there are issues with the PC FIFA 21 Trial we will update this with that information and more.

Are you frustrated to see EA Play fall on its face with the FIFA 21 trial? Do you think EA will be able to handle the upcoming next-generation launches? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!