The next FIFA game - FIFA 22 - is hitting screens and eager gamers certainly have the popular EA Sports title on their wishlist.
The coronavirus pandemic delayed the launch of last year's edition, but there were no delays for the release of the new version of the football game.
Goal takes a look at things such as the FIFA 22 release dates, how much it costs to buy, the consoles it is playable on, player ratings and more.
- When is FIFA 22 released?
- What is the price of FIFA 22?
- Which consoles will FIFA 22 be out on?
- What new features will FIFA 22 have?
- Who is on the cover of FIFA 22?
- Who are the FIFA 22 top rated players?
- Who are the best young players on FIFA 22?
- What reviews did FIFA 22 get?
FIFA 22 was released on October 1, 2021 , following the trend of every FIFA edition since FIFA Football 2003 released either in the last week of September or the first week of October.
For most of the past few years, FIFA has been released in late September, but this was pushed back to early October for FIFA 21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There were no major delays this year, so FIFA 22 was released October 1, with the game available on September 27 to those who pre-order the Ultimate Edition.
The trailer for the game was launched on July 11, showing the new features and graphics as well as revealing this year's cover star.
|PS4 & PS5||£59.99 / $59.99||£89.99 / $99.99|
|Xbox One & Xbox Series-X||£59.99 / $59.99||£89.99 / $99.99|
|PC||£54.99 / $59.99||£79.99 / $99.99|
|Nintendo Switch||£44.99 / $49.99||-|
This year, the standard edition of FIFA 22 costs £59.99 in the UK and $59.99 in the US. Prices have remained the same as last year, while EA Play subscribers can save 10 per cent if they pre-order.
As well as the standard edition, EA Sports releases special versions of the game which have additional content such as extra packs, kits, items and players for FIFA Ultimate Team and Volta.
The special versions are more expensive than the standard edition and are available in both physical copy and download version. This year, there is only an Ultimate Edition of the game with the Champions Edition being discontinued for FIFA 22.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition is priced at £89.99 and $99.99 on the Xbox and Playstation official stores.
FIFA 22 will be released on next gen consoles PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, as well as Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
EA Sports had a Dual Entitlement offer for FIFA 21 which allowed users to upgrade their PS4 copy to PS5 or Xbox One copy to Xbox Series X/S at no additional cost. This offer has return for FIFA 22 as many gamers may buy the game before getting a new console as a present during the 2021 holiday period. However, the Dual Entitlement offer is only available to people who have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition.
The Nintendo Switch version of FIFA in recent years has been a squad update rather than a new game and it is possible that this 'Legacy Edition' version may be the case again for FIFA 22.
Google Stadia, which was launched in 2019, did not have FIFA 20, but FIFA 21 was available to play on the new platform. This will continue for FIFA 22.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of FIFA 22 include "groundbreaking new HyperMotion gameplay technology."
This uses advanced 11 vs 11 match capture, a first for FIFA, which means player and ball movement will be much more dynamic than ever before and better replicate real-life situations.
FIFA 22 includes over 4,000 new animations "to raise the footballing intensity, responsiveness, and physicality of every player in the game."
FIFA 21 added the 'Quick Sim' option where you could jump in and out of matches, while the Active Training System made player development much more dynamic.
Player Career is now more realistic too, while the match experience has been augmented with the addition of features such as dynamic tifos.
Each year, EA Sports adds new gameplay improvements on top of the graphic changes.
FIFA 22 will see HyperMotion technology added to the PS5 and Xbox Series X editions, with 'Tactical AI' improvements in store as well.
Other gameplay improvements include Kinetic Air Battles, Composed Ball Control and increased humanisation.
There were over 100 icons in the last edition of FIFA and more will be added to FIFA 22.
EA Sports confirmed that Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Cafu and Iker Casillas will be new Icons on the game, with more set to be confirmed.
A good indicator of which icons will be added is the list of legendary players from FIFA Online, which included Van Persie and Casillas.
The following players were added to FIFA Online 4 and therefore could be added to FIFA 22:
- Gabriel Batistuta
- Park Ji-Sung
- Jaap Stam
- Cha Bum-kun
- Diego Forlan
- Wesley Sneidjer
As well as these, new FUT Heroes have been added with "unique league-specific chemistry which is tied to their specific hero moment, providing a green Club link to any player within the same league as well as the usual nation link, giving you new ways to build your dream squad and recreate some of football's most famous moments in FUT 22."
So far, players such as Jorge Campos, Diego Milito, Mario Gomez and Robbie Keane have been confirmed as FUT Heroes.EA Sports
The last few months of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team saw the addition of preview packs which allowed gamers to see the contents of packs before buying them on the store.
This is thought to take away the gambling aspect of Ultimate Team and make Store purchases more like downloadable in-game purchases than a game of chance, and thus avoid gambling legislation in certain countries.
As a result, there is a good chance these preview packs will be kept as a gameplay element in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.
FIFA's street football mode Volta has had continual updates such as players, clothing and items during the year and these will continue in FIFA 22.
New players, stadiums, locations and merchandise will be added for FIFA 22 as well as a new story mode.
The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is the biggest change to football in the modern era, with contentious decisions and moments now up for review.
Despite first being rolled out in 2017, VAR was not feature of FIFA 21, and this will continue with FIFA 22.
Since FIFA 20 Juventus are known as Piemonte Calcio, and EA Sports has lost more licenses to Pro Evolution Soccer in recent years.
PES recently acquired the license to Serie A side Atalanta, meaning EA Sports will not be able to use their proper name for the next three years, starting with FIFA 22.
Napoli and Roma have also signed exclusive deals with PES, which will surely disappoint fans of these Italian clubs.
New teams on the game include APOEL, Ferencvarios, Welsh side Wrexham - now owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney - and Hajduk Split.
EA Sports revealed in August that female pros can be created on FIFA 22, with the update coming to the Pro Clubs game mode.
As well as that, Player Growth will be improved and Player Archetypes will also be part of the new game.
Kylian Mbappe has been confirmed as the cover star of FIFA 22.
The France and Paris Saint-Germain star was the face of FIFA 21 and will continue in the new edition after it was confirmed by EA Sports on July 9.
In previous years, Eden Hazard, Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kevin De Bruyne and Paulo Dybala have also appeared on the game cover.
Konami's deal with Juventus means Ronaldo will not return to the cover of FIFA for the foreseeable future.
Lionel Messi is the best player in FIFA 22 again with EA Sports confirming that he has a rating of 93 on the new game.
Robert Lewandowski is the second highest-rated player in FIFA 22 with a rating of 92 and the Bayern Munich striker is followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Jan Oblak and Kevin De Bruyne, who are all rated 91.
|Rank||Player||Position||FIFA 22 rating|
|=3||Kevin De Bruyne||CM||91|
|=8||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||GK||90|
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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is, unsurprisingly, one of the best young players on FIFA 22, with the likes of Ansu Fati, Pedri and Alphonso Davies up there in terms of high potential.
Haaland has a potential rating of 93 - the same as Lionel Messi's current rating - while Fati can reach a rating of 90. Barcelona midfielder Pedri has a potential of 91 and Davies can become an 89-rated star.
FIFA 22 has received a lot of favourable reviews since the early release, with the augmented HyperMotion gameplay feature being a prominent source of enjoyment for gamers.
Goal has given the game a 4-star rating, while GameSpot gave it a rating of 8/10. IGN, meanwhile, only gave FIFA 22 a 7/10 rating and Eurogamer gave it a 3 out 5.
The new Arcade games feature has also ensured that there is a greater element of fun to the game, adding a fresh dimension to a series that introduced street football a number of years ago.
Goalkeepers are better too - well, more intelligent, at least - but everyone will be able to find their own quibbles, be it camera angle or another issue that irks.