FIFA 12 finally arrives in the UK next Friday (September 30th) but EA Season Ticket holders have been told they can start playing tomorrow (September 24th).
As of tomorrow night at 6pm Central European Time, the game will be available to download from Xbox Live.
Additionally, Season Ticket holders will also get exclusive access to the first EA Sports Football Club Challenge – in this instance gamers 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.
The EA Season Ticket costs 2100 Microsoft Points – around £17.13.
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).