In a recent tweet, EA has confirmed that FIFA 21 will not support cross-play in any kind, including playing with players within the same console family. The FIFA Direct Communication Twitter account announced the news in response to a question from the FUT weekly podcast.
You won't be able to play across console generations or cross-play in #FIFA21.
However, you will be able to carry over your FUT progression from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox 1 to Xbox Series X. https://t.co/mUqU3zcAud
— FIFA Direct Communication (@EAFIFADirect) August 10, 2020
This news comes as a huge disappointment to the FIFA community. Recently, cross-play has become a staple in most multiplayer games and has even recently been introduced in fellow EA title Need for Speed Heat, so it comes as a major surprise that EA will not include it in of its biggest franchise.
In more positive news, FIFA 21 will support Dual Entitlement – EA’s version of smart delivery. Players who but the game on PS4 and Xbox One will be entitled to the PS5 and Xbox Series X version for free when it releases.