EA Sports has confirmed that FIFA 21 will not feature online cross-play, even across console generations in the same platofrm family.
The FIFA Direct Communication Twitter account announced the news in response to a question from the FUT Weekly Podcast about whether those who own the game on PS4 could play FIFA 21 online with friends on PS5.
You won’t be able to play across console generations or cross-play in #FIFA21.
However, you will be able to carry over your FUT progression from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox 1 to Xbox Series X. https://t.co/mUqU3zcAud
— FIFA Direct Communication (@EAFIFADirect) August 10, 2020
“You won’t be able to play across console generation or cross-play in FIFA 21,” the tweet reads. “However, you will be able to carry over your FUT progression from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox 1 to Xbox Series X.”
This means that current-generation FIFA 21 players will not be able to play with their friends who purchase the game on next-gen consoles, even though the game supports Dual Entitlement – current-gen players will be able to upgrade to the next-gen version of FIFA 21 for free.
Regardless, the next-gen version of the game will also not support cross-play, so Xbox Series X players will only be able to play with other users on the same platform, rather than the entire community across PS5 and PC. The saving grace is that if you do decide to upgrade, you’ll be able to carry over your Fifa Ultimate Team, as long as you stick with the same console maker.