UFC 5 Early Access – Start time, pre-order rewards, and how to play early

UFC 5 Early Access – Start time, pre-order rewards, and how to play early
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Looking to find out when UFC 5 early access begins? EA Sports UFC 5 is coming in a matter of days, bringing all the world’s best MMA fighters onto the virtual screen. It’s a highly anticipated release, and it naturally has an early access period.

With the full UFC 5 release date just a few days away, EA has begun to reveal the UFC 5 ratings. While not all the ratings have been confirmed, we do know who some of the best fighters are for you to use during early access.

UFC 5 early access start time

UFC 5 early access will begin on October 24. This has provided fans with the usual three days of early access across all modes that we see across the majority of EA’s sports titles. This was true of Madden and FC 24, and it’s true once more of UFC.

Get early access to UFC 5.
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UFC 5 is set for a midnight (local) launch, and that was the case for the early access period as well. This means that in the UK, New York, California, India, Venezuela, and every other place on earth, the game became available when the clock strikes midnight. This made the New Zealand trick possible.

How to play UFC 5 early access

There are two ways to get UFC 5 early access. The first is very simple: all you need to do is pre-order the UFC 5 Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, the only platforms the game is available on. Aside from playing the game early, there are a lot of reasons to consider pre-ordering this version of the title. Even though the early access period has already begun, you can still get it at any point before October 27 if you get the Deluxe Edition.

The second way to unlock the top fighting sport game on the market before others is with an EA Play subscription, but it’s not the full early access period. EA Play members can play a 10-hour trial of UFC 5 from the same time as early access begins. Members will also save 10% on pre-orders and more in the game. Once that 10-hour timeframe ends, though, they will not have access until it’s available on the release date. This does not change regardless of the fact that the main early access has already begun.

UFC 5 pre-order rewards

These are the UFC 5 pre-order bonuses. Each edition comes with some:

Standard EditionDeluxe Edition
2 Alter Egos (Alexander Volkanovski, Valentina Shevchenko)4 Alter Egos (Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, Valentina Shevchenko)
30th Anniversary Bundle (4 vanity items)30th Anniversary Bundle (4 vanity items)
Online Career Mode XP Boosts (x5)Online Career Mode XP Boosts (x5)
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
Fedor Emelianenko
Mike Tyson
Bruce Lee Bundle (3 Bruce Lee alter egos)
Origins Bundle (2013 Conor McGregor, 2015 Leon Edwards, 22 vanity items)
3-days early access

Despite the fact that early access is here, you can still get these bonuses as long as you purchase the game(s) before October 27.

Can you preload UFC 5?

Yes, you can preload UFC 5 from October 23. That means you can skip the download time when it goes live at midnight local time. This allows you to jump right in instead of downloading the sizable new game.