EA Sports FC: EA confirm the future of the franchise

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The dispute between EA and FIFA is over, with the new name EA Sports FC not arriving in the next game.

Instead, we now have confirmation that EA Sports FC will be the future of the franchise from the summer of 2023.

FIFA 23 Confirmed

The news we have all been waiting for, FIFA 23 will be arriving later this year.

However, this will be the last in the series as we know it, with EA confirming that EA Sports FC will take over the following season.

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EA released the following in their official statement:

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"EA SPORTS FC will allow us to realize this future and much more…but not before we deliver our most expansive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA, for one more year.

"We are committed to ensuring the next FIFA is our best ever, with more features, game modes, World Cup content, clubs, leagues, competitions, and players than any FIFA title before."

With FIFA 23 still set to offer us plenty more brilliant content, it really is exciting times for FIFA/EA Sports FC fans!

Release Date

As confirmed during the reveal trailer, FIFA 23 will be fully released on Friday, 30 September.

Some will be able to access the game sooner than that via a possible Beta or Demo, then Early Access and the Web App.

Early access for pre-orders begins on Tuesday, 27 September for those who buy the Ultimate Edition of the game.

The 10-hour EA Play trial gives players a limited number of hours of gaming too and will begin at the same time as pre-order early access.

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Pre-order

With FIFA 23 fast approaching, you can now pre-order all editions of the game.

Pre-Orders went live on Wednesday, 20 July at 12pm ET / 5pm BST.

As always, by pre-ordering the game you will gain some additional benefits, depending on what edition you go for.

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Cover Star

Each season the cover star for any FIFA game is hotly anticipated, and in FIFA 22 EA sprung for Kylian Mbappe across the two editions of the game they released.

This year, Mbappe has been joined by Australia and Chelsea star Sam Kerr on the cover of the Ultimate Edition.

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Game Modes

EA’s newest toy VOLTA Football is still fresh in the game and has made great progress in FIFA 22, so we don’t expect any new additional game modes to arrive any time soon.

Ultimate Team remains the lucrative money-spinner for EA, so we expect the majority of their efforts to go into the popular mode.

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We have seen Career Mode given a huge overhaul in FIFA 22, so we don’t think massive changes will arrive in the next game as EA will look to clean up any loose ends rather than adding lots of new features.

Pro Clubs is one of the most popular game modes and a mainstay of EA’s title, so we could see something new and exciting there too.

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Fierce Competition

The split between EA and FIFA has been well-documented, but they are not the only two players competing to be at the top of the football-video game table.

Konami's eFootball is beginning to show signs of life, while new games such as GOALS, UFL, and Football Manager will also hope to be in the mix.

Read more about the brand new games set to offer HUGE competition for football's biggest gaming franchise.