Play FIFA 21 on Xbox One before launch with this trick

by Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
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Year after year, EA Sports launches another entry in their critically-acclaimed series of football managers called FIFA.

This year they did it again with FIFA 21, but they also seemed to have repeated the process of launching a bug-ridden game.

For example, a glitch allowed players to play the Standard Edition of the game ahead of launch time.

All European players had to do was change their region

According to a post on Reddit:

PSA: Xbox can play Standard Edition now! (Change region to New Zealand and restart)

The title should be enough for you un understand what the players had to do, as changing their console region to New Zeeland allowed them access to the full game before it was officially available in their region.

Apparently, there’s an option in FIFA settings to approximate matchmaking using IP, which also happens to be the game’s default setting.

This allows it to search in your real-world local region unless you turned this off. This overrides the Xbox region setting, so by changing that, you can basically change your region, as if using a VPN.

Speaking of which, a VPN could be used to perform the task as well, as long as you could use it on an Xbox console.

We’ve covered this topic before, so here’s a list of the best VPNs that you can use on FIFA 21.

Additionally, using VPNs can help you reduce latency, or even lag spikes.

This tiny little workaround may not seem like much, but getting a couple of hours’ worth of a head start on a game you most probably love is indeed a big deal.

What do you think about this little trick that players have come up with? Let us know if you tried it too by leaving us a message in the comments section below.

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