FIFA 21 game saves will transfer in part from current- to next-gen

While FIFA 21 will offer a free current- to next-gen free upgrade, the entirety of a player’s game save will not be part of the transition.

As Ben Salter reported in his FIFA 21 review, there will be limitations on which portions of your game move along with you across console generations. Modes that won’t let you carry over progress include Online and co-op Seasons, Pro Clubs and the all-important Career Mode.

Speaking with Eurogamer, EA said it didn’t have the time to ensure a complete 1:1 game save carryover before next-gen console availability.

“When we start developing for a new generation of consoles, there’s ultimately some trade-offs we need to make,” an EA spokesperson told the outlet. “So we decided that the time required to make all modes transferable was better used to build new features and improvements across the entire game, along with addressing feedback from our players.

“Since both Volta and FUT are server-based modes it made sense for us to focus on them as a way for players to carry over their progression.”

FIFA 21 is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4; it heads to Xbox Series S & X and PS5 in November.

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