Wednesday, May 11, 2022
FIFA has announced its ambition to launch its own football simulation game to rival EA's in 2024, following the official announcement of EA's split from FIFA.
Following the release of FIFA 23 later this year, EA's long-running series of football games will go on to be called EA Sports FC, and will retain all the same licensing rights as previous FIFA games, except for the quadrennial FIFA World Cup competition.
Shortly after EA's announcement yesterday, FIFA sent out its own press release, stating that without EA's exclusivity deal in place, it will now be able to release several new football games with third-party studios and partners, with “a number of new non-simulation games” already under production and due to launch later this year.
FIFA also wants to compete with EA Sports FC in the football simulation game market as well, of course, and is apparently speaking to other leading games publishers, investors, and media companies in regard to developing its own FIFA-branded football sim to release in 2024.
Creating a new football game to rival the EA's juggernaut, with the experience and resources that the teams at EA Sports have, will be no easy task (just take a look at eFootball) but FIFA president Gianni Infantino is bullish in his statement of intent.
“I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino. “The FIFA name is the only global, original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26, and so on - the constant is the FIFA name and it will remain forever and remain THE BEST.”
“The interactive gaming and esports sector is on a path of unrivalled growth and diversification. FIFA’s strategy is to ensure we can make the most of all future options and ensure a wide range of products and opportunities for gamers, fans, member associations and partners.”
Perhaps FIFA will be teaming up with a publisher like 2K on its next football game - anyone up for FIFA 2K24? Or maybe they'll bring in the developer of UFL, a brand new football franchise due to launch later this year. Whatever happens, it can surely only be a good thing for EA's long running football series to have some more competition in the market, especially with the demise of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer.