Following their promotion to the Premier League, it became a dream come true for Leeds fans, following a sixteen-year absence from the top flight. However, the supporters looking forward to playing within their team’s virtual recreation of Elland Road in FIFA 21 will be in for a bit of a disappointment.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the 2019/20 football season-ending later than planned, EA was unable to produce a virtual replica of Elland Road in time for the game's release in October. In a blog post, EA confirmed that FIFA 21 would “include five new stadiums to play in, with a sixth still to come.”
On the subject of Elland Road, EA said: "The later than planned end to the 2019/20 season meant we weren’t able to recreate Elland Road in an EA SPORTS FIFA game for the first time ever in time for the launch of FIFA 21”
EA continued that the team were “committed to giving fans the chance to play in all 20 Premier League stadiums and will provide more news on post-launch updates in the future.”
FIFA 21 will allow players to “feel the energy and atmosphere of 95 licensed and authentically recreated stadiums from across the globe that immerse you in The World’s Game.”
New stadiums within FIFA 21 include Providence Park (MLS’s Portland Timbers), the Benteler-Arena (SC Paderborn 07), Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes (home of Granada CF), and lastly, Union Berlin’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
FIFA 21 further includes “authentic street football in over 20 footballing playgrounds from around the world in VOLTA FOOTBALL." Plus, the developers have introduced five new locations into the game, including Sydney, Paris, Dubai, São Paulo, and Milan.
FIFA 21 will be released on October 6 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Series S.