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EA has been partnered with FIFA on soccer game growth for practically 30 years, however a attainable rebrand was within the information final fall attributable to license charges. As just lately as this February, the corporate was pondering of ending the partnership — and now it has. FIFA 2023, due later this yr, would be the last FIFA-branded soccer game from EA.
EA declared “a new era” with the announcement of EA Sports FC, which would be the rebranded title of the franchise going ahead. EA guarantees that “everything you love about” its soccer titles will nonetheless be there, and from the wording of the announcement, that sounds fairly true. Modes like “Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, and Volta Football will all be there,” together with “the same great experiences, leagues, tournaments, clubs, and athletes.” Essentially, it’s solely the FIFA title that’s being dropped right here. EA is working “with a large and increasing number of partners” within the soccer world, so the identical golf equipment, gamers, and stadiums will nonetheless be part of the rebranded franchise. The first game beneath the EA Sports FC banner is due for a summer time 2023 launch.
Of course, there’s nonetheless yet another licensed FIFA game to go earlier than then. In truth, EA Sports and racing government vp Cam Weber calls FIFA 2023 “most expansive game ever” in the identical announcement. At the very least, it’ll reportedly be the primary one to supply cross-play when it launches later this yr. For now, PlayStation Plus homeowners can seize FIFA 22 as a part of May’s free game lineup.