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Only the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 22 will come with a next-gen upgrade

If you buy the Standard Edition of FIFA 22 on PS4 or Xbox One, you will not be able to upgrade to the next-gen versions for free – that privilege is locked behind the more expensive version.

Unlike last year's FIFA 21, where you could upgrade your game for free if you purchased it on the last generation of hardware, only FIFA 22's Ultimate Edition ($99.99 / £89.99) will come with Dual Entitlement, making it more expensive for players that plan to upgrade their hardware in the coming year to get started with the game.

This was revealed in a Dual Entitlement FAQ published by the studio. Anyone that wants to buy the cheaper $59.99 / £59.99 version of the game will have to buy another copy if they want to play the proper next-gen version on PS5 or Xbox Series X/S. There's no obvious upgrade path unless you buy the Ultimate Edition.

“Dual Entitlement is only available with the purchase of the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition. The Standard Edition of FIFA 22 does not include Dual Entitlement. That means if you purchase FIFA 22 Standard Edition on PS4 and upgrade to PS5 later, you would need to purchase the PS5 version of the game to play,” reads the release.

It's also worth noting that EA isn't choosing to make the most of Xbox's Smart Delivery feature, and is intentionally locking the next-gen version of the game behind an extra payment level.

At least if you're going in for the more expensive Ultimate Edition, you're also going to get 4 days early access, a Ones to Watch Player, 4600 FIFA Points, and a FUT Heroes Player if you pre-order before August 11.

FIFA 22 arrives October 1 with the new Hypermotion animation system and a gameplay trailer for FIFA 22 will be shown off on July 20 as part of EA Play Live Spotlight.

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