FIFA 23 to be Final Title to Bear FIFA Name as EA Sports FC Promises an 'Exciting New Era' of Football

FIFA 23 to be Final Title to Bear FIFA Name as EA Sports FC Promises an 'Exciting New Era' of Football

Richard Walker

EA has announced that FIFA 23 will be the final entry in its colossal football series, with the company set to abandon the licensed name for next year's instalment, which will be called ‘EA Sports FC’. It'll be a first for the series, which has been FIFA since the release of FIFA International Soccer in 1993.

“After nearly 30 years of creating genre-defining interactive football experiences, we will soon begin an exciting new era,” said Cam Weber, Executive VP of EA Sports and Racing. “Next year, EA Sports FC will become the future of football from EA Sports. Alongside our 300+ license partners across the sport, we’re ready to take global football experiences to new heights, on behalf of all football fans around the world.”

EA promises the same FIFA experience, with all of the usual modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs, and players, including Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, and VOLTA Football. Licensing will continue to extend to more than 19,000 players, over 700 teams, 100+ stadiums, and 30 leagues like the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and the MLS.

“This new independent platform will bring fresh opportunity – to innovate, create and evolve,” Weber continues. “This is much more than just a change of symbol - as EA Sports, we’re committed to ensuring EA Sports FC is a symbol of change. We’re dedicated to meaningfully reinvesting in the sport, and we’re excited to work with a large and increasing number of partners to expand to new authentic experiences that bring joy, inclusivity and immersion to a global community of fans.”

In October 2021, FIFA issued a statement suggesting it no longer wanted to extend exclusive licensing rights to EA, and with the company seemingly mulling a name change for a long while, the EA Sports FC title is now official, with first details set to emerge in July 2023. In the meantime, FIFA 23 promises to be the “most expansive” series entry to date, with first details to drop soon. You can find out more in EA's statement here.

  • It's insane. Last year I remember reading some article when the troubles started. EA wanted a say on FIFA's regulation of the real world football leagues and such. Then about last September, they were even saying that their games were bigger than FIFA and they didn't need FIFA to make football games that dominate.

    I am sure 2k is ecstatic right now
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