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When does FIFA 23 early access begin for Ultimate Edition & EA Play?

In lieu of a demo or an open beta, this is how you play the game early!

Published: Thursday, 22nd September 2022 at 2:35 pm
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As we're closer to the FIFA 23 release date than Harry Kane is to breaking Wayne Rooney's England goals record, you're probably wondering exactly when the FIFA 23 early access trial period begins and how to play it.

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As there is no demo available and no beta in sight, early access is the only way to go when it comes to playing the game early ahead of its full release. Fortunately, you can access the FIFA 23 early access trial in two ways.

You'll need to either pre-order the FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition or be a paying subscriber to the EA Play membership service, in order to play FIFA 23 before everyone else.

The FIFA 23 Web App is another way to try out some of the game's features early, so that's worth keeping in mind too as it has already launched ahead of even early access.

If you're keen on playing the game before your mates and getting a headstart on your FUT squad, you'll need to read on to find out all the details needed to take part in the FIFA 23 early access trial period.

When does FIFA 23 early access begin?

The FIFA 23 early access period will begin on 27th September 2022, the developers from EA have confirmed, giving eligible players a three-day head start on everyone else.

As we mentioned earlier, if you want to be among the players enjoying that early access window, you need to pre-order the FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition or subscribe to EA Play.

It's worth noting that members of the cheapest tier of EA Play will only get a 10-hour trial of FIFA 23, while subscribers to the pricier EA Play Pro level will get unlimited access to the game.

The cheaper version of EA Play, it's worth remembering, is bundled into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no extra cost.

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What else do you get with the FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition?

The full list of perks for the FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition looks like this:

  • 4,600 FIFA Points
  • Three days early access
  • Untradeable FUT Ones to Watch item
  • Untradeable TOTW 1 Player
  • Kylian Mbappé Loan Player Item
  • FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent

There's lots of stuff for FIFA Ultimate Team players to enjoy, basically, as well as one little perk for Career Mode players. Of course, though, the early access is the main draw here.

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