According to games trade site MCV
, EA Sports' FIFA 12
will be available in the Europe starting tomorrow, September 24th, for those who are EA Sports Season Ticket holders. This comes six days prior to the actual release in Europe, September 30th.
If you are a Season Ticket owner in North America, the download for FIFA 12 is live right now. [Thanks, KP ScuzzyBunny]. North America is getting the full retail release on September 27th, so their early access is three days early as scheduled
The Season Ticket normally grants three days of early access, but it appears that Europe will be getting three extra days to tackle the lastest FIFA
title. Additionally, Season Ticket holders will also get exclusive access to the first EA Sports Football Club
Challenge. Players will be given the chance to rewrite history and take control of Chelsea in an effort to avoid the recent 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. The Challenge will only be available until Friday September 30th. Please note that the EA Sports Football Club is a free online service and not exclusive to the Season Ticket.
Instructions on how to download FIFA 12
are as follows:
Step 1: Install the EA SPORTS App, then launch it by selecting “Play Game” from your Game Library.
Step 2: The EA SPORTS App counts down to the Early Release availability in real-time, starting seven days before retail availability. Note that the exact day and time varies per region.
Step 3: When the countdown timer reaches zero, the menu will update with a “Download” option. You will need to confirm the download from the Xbox 360 Guide.
Step 4: If you have not already purchased an EA SPORTS Season Ticket you will be prompted to purchase before you can download an Early Release game.
Step 5: Once you have started the Early Release download, you can exit the EA SPORTS App without interrupting the download. Just don’t power off your Xbox 360 or disconnect from Xbox LIVE. Be aware that other actions (e.g. attempting to play a different game) might pause the download.
Step 6: Once the Early Release finishes downloading you can launch it from your Game Library.
Step 7: Once an Early Release has been made available for download, the EA SPORTS App menu updates to count down the time remaining before that Early Release becomes unavailable for download.
Please Note: Please note the large file size and expect your download to take the appropriate time to download (approximately five hours for most connections).
of EA Sports Season Ticket was met with much criticism, anger, disgust, and so on and so on. There were some though, that found value in the pass. Basically, with the purchase of the Season Ticket you get access to full select EA Sports games via download three days prior to the retail release. On top of that, the pass helps pays for itself with 20% off DLC, as well as exclusive content and membership notoriety. The main draw here though for the die-hard EA Sports fan is the early access to full games, allowing you to carry over your save files and achievement progress for when the game comes out.
So whether playing the game six days early excites you or not, if you’re eager for the retail release you should pre-order
before it’s too late. Pre-ordering grants you 24 gold packs for your Ultimate Team
. You can get a head start on your Ultimate Team right now
on your computer.
The retail release for FIFA 12
is September 27th in North America and September 30th in Europe.