EA Sports FC is a brand new game from EA Sports arriving in 2023.
The game represents a brand new era for both the developer and the football gaming community, with the FIFA series as we know it ending with FIFA 23.
Whilst excitement is high for this new chapter, there will be some major missing pieces that could scupper a bright start.
EA Sports FC Licenses
EA Sports possess a top licenses portfolio, allowing you to play as pretty much all of your favourite teams.
Women's football is also set to be expanded in EA Sports FC, with teams like Manchester City women's featuring heavily in the game's promo.
With that in mind, here are five key licenses that you won't be able to experience in EA Sports FC.
Italian giants AC and Inter Milan have jumped ship and will be officially licensed sides in eFootball only.
This means that neither side will feature in their fully-licensed form in EA Sports FC, with things like kits, stadium and even up-to-date face scans being inaccessible to EA Sports.
Two of the biggest teams in Serie A jumping over to a rival is sure to be a blow, but they aren't the only sides to walk the same path.
Juventus did the same a few years again before returning in FIFA 23, whilst sides like Roma and Napoli are also exclusive to eFootball.
Another steal from eFootball from right under the noses of EA Sports are two of football's major stadiums, and we're unclear as to whether a third could follow.
Both Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and Barcelona's Nou Camp are exclusive to eFootball right now, with the former renewing their deal at the beginning of 2022.
The Nou Camp could return to EA Sports FC however, with its absence felt by the community.
A third stadium that could go missing is the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal and Konami announcing a renewal of their partnership in 2023.
Don't fear too much, as this has yet to be confirmed and it's unlikely that the Gunners would pull away from EA.
A whole league will also be unavailable in the form of the Liga MX BBVA, the major national league of Mexico.
Major sides like Tigres will be absent from the game, with the major league unavailable in FIFA 23 and instead switching over to eFootball.
With the deal between Konami and Liga MX a long-term offering, this means that the Mexican league will once again be absent from EA Sports FC.
Not only will EA Sports lose licenses from competitors, they will also lose licenses to former allies.
FIFA and EA Sports' breakdown in relations has led to a nasty exchange of words that don't exactly indicate that everything is rosy.
It's highly likely that FIFA 23 will be the final game from EA Sports that features national sides in their fully-licensed forms, with FIFA unlikely to license their sides to their former partners.
That means that teams like England, France, Germany, Brazil and more will all be absent from EA Sports FC.
Unlike a number of league sides across the world, no national sides declared their support for EA Sports FC, showcasing that international football could be no more.
The final missing piece - and arguably the biggest - will be the World Cup, with FIFA taking their ball and going home.
With the World Cup mode and content featuring prominently in FIFA 23, it will be sad to lose this special tournament from our football games entirely.
Instead, FIFA will look to release blockchain titles whilst they assess their options, with their major licenses like the World Cup certain to be off-limits for EA Sports.
A tug-of-war of licenses only serves to the detriment of the players and we hope that these disputes don't end up causing a stuttering start for EA Sports FC.