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FIFA 12 coming early for Season Ticket holders

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FIFA 12 gets a retail release next Friday. We reckon it’s going to be one of the best selling games of the year – but that’s because you football nuts are well…nuts. Some of you are even nuts enough to pay for privilege of getting the game early. Well, you can – because from tomorrow, the game will be available to those who paid good money for EA’s mostly useless Season Ticket.

MCV tells you how :

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.

Remember, this is only available to those who purchase EA’s Season Ticket – which gives you early access to games, cheaper DLC, and an emptier wallet. Also note that when the game does get released, your digital copy will stop working, and you’ll have to go buy a retail version instead. For those of you who care about this sort of thing, Your achievements and trophies will remain in-tact, as will your much more important save games. I still think it’s a little stupid that you can’t just pay more to unlock the downloaded version, but what do I know?

Please not that the game download will be huge – somewhere in the 6GB region – so those of you rocking 384kb/s ADSL connection might just finish downloading it in time to play the retail version. Two thumbs up!

EA’s Season Ticket costs 2000 MSP or $25 a year.

Last Updated: September 23, 2011

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