FIFA 18 early access: 5 ways to get it

FIFA 18 early access

Hoping to get hands-on ahead of schedule? We’ve got the info you need

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With FIFA 18 on the horizon, you’d be forgiven for chucking last year’s game aside in anticipation. Fortunately, there are multiple opportunities to get to grips with EA’s upcoming game ahead of its September 29 release date.

Despite a lack of announcements thus far, we’ve collated five ways in which you’ll be able to gain early access to FIFA 18. With any luck, you’ll be pulling packs and scoring screamers in no time...

1. Closed beta

Although yet to be announced, FIFA 18’s closed beta should be released around mid-August* if past years are anything to go by. Each chosen participant usually gains access to a specific mode, with Online Seasons, Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs all featuring in previous betas.

If EA sticks to the traditional formula, access will not be provided on a sign-up basis. Instead, those who have logged time on FIFA 17 will be eligible for inclusion, with emails sent to selected players (North America & UK only). Make sure you’re opted in at this page to receive EA correspondence, but keep in mind there are no guarantees that you’ll be picked.

*Update: FIFA 18 closed beta invites have started to roll out as of August 9, 2017. 

2. Pre-release demo

FIFA 18’s demo hasn’t been revealed yet – but in keeping with yearly trends, you can expect to see it sometime around mid-September. EA’s August Gamescom conference may give some indication about the exact date.

Generally, FIFA demos incorporate standard Kick Off matches featuring a selection of high-profile teams. Cover star Cristiano Ronaldo will inevitably make an appearance, and we might even get a sneak peak at Alex Hunter’s new tale in The Journey: Hunter Returns. Look for the Frostbite-powered demo on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

3. EA/Origin access trial

As usual, FIFA 18 will offer a Play First trial this year. Subscribers can pay £3.99 for a month’s access to the EA Access (Xbox One) or Origin (PC) package that will provide 10 hours with the full version of the game. The trial will arrive on September 21 – eight days before the game’s official release.

The Journey is the only mode likely to face restrictions in the trial, having been limited to a short sample in last year’s version. Everything else should be unlocked, though, allowing you to get an all-important head start on the competition.