FIFA 22 won't offer free Xbox Series X|S upgrade

By Sean Carey,
Ahead of yesterday's Euro 2020 final (football didn't come home if you were wondering), EA unveiled FIFA 22 with a new trailer showcasing the game's new "HyperMotion technology" and confirmed an October 1st release date and Dual Entitlement availability.

According to EA, FIFA 22's HyperMotion technology will deliver "the most realistic, fluid and responsive football" on next-gen consoles. The new tech enables the integration of 22 motion-captured professional footballers, while EA's machine learning algorithm writes new animations in real-time to "create organic football movement across a variety of interactions on the pitch." EA claims that HyperMotion will transform how players move on and off the ball.

Popular game modes are also making a comeback this year, including Career Mode, Volta Football, Pro Clubs, and FIFA Ultimate Team. Players can also expect better goalkeepers and "more consistency" with shot-stoppers as the goalkeeper system has been completely rebuilt, an all-new Create a Club experience in Career Mode, reimagined gameplay in Volta Football, and something new with FIFA Ultimate Team Heroes, which are "completely new items that represent the stories and glory of cult players and fan favorites." EA will share more on FIFA 22's new innovations in the summer.

According to a FIFA 22 Dual Entitlement FAQ, the Ultimate Edition is the only edition that offers both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game in one bundle. If you buy the previous-gen version and you want to upgrade to the Series X|S version at a later date, you'll have to stump up $99.99/£89.99/€99.99 for the Ultimate Edition or fork out another wad of cash and buy a separate Series X|S copy (which costs $69.99/£69.99/€69.99) when you're ready to upgrade. Also, Dual Entitlement is only available for digital owners, which means physical owners will have to purchase the game again if they want to upgrade.

"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," the FAQ reads. "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."

This is different to last year's release. Players on Xbox One or PS4 could upgrade to next-gen versions for free, regardless of which edition was bought.

FIFA 22 launches on October 1st for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC and Stadia.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.