Fifa 17 Coins, this year’s update to the perennially successful football franchise, doesn’t hit shelves until September 29. If you’re itching to get a head start though, the web app for Fifa Ultimate Team is now live – but you’ll need an EA Sports account to get started.
Ahead of the core game’s release, players can start putting together their teams on the Fifa 17 web app.The separate EA Sports account is in addition to needing a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live account.
Unfortunately, EA’s servers don’t seem to be coping with demand. As players rush to log in, many are seeing an error message saying: “Sorry you were not invited to participate in early web start in FUT 17″, even if they’re using long-registered existing accounts.
Early access is ostensibly provided to players via a security code, either emailed to them or sent to their phones, though some are still waiting for them to arrive. EA community manager Rob Hodson has said EA is “working on the invite app issue”.
Ultimate Team has been a fixture of Fifa games for years, allowing gamers to buy packs of players and trade them like virtual Panini stickers to create, well, their ultimate team. This year’s instalment introduces new features, including weekly league tournaments, and new ways to build team chemistry.
EA has previously outlined the staggering volume of football leagues and teams set to appear in the game. More than 650 teams across over 30 global leagues will feature, including Liga do Brasil, the UK’s Premier League, and Germany’s Bundesliga.
For anyone still unable to get their early start on building their Ultimate Team, all players will have access to the web app once the full game is released next week.