EA confirms that it will no longer make FIFA video games and will change its name after the split
FIFA 23 will be the latest installment in the popular EA Sports-led video game series that began nearly 30 years ago after the developer announced a new name for its hit soccer games.
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Electronic Arts has confirmed that it will stop producing the popular FIFA video game series in 2023.
EA will continue to make football video games, but after FIFA 23 they will come under a new banner, EA Sports FC. A subdivision of EA Sports created the first FIFA game in 1993 and has been in charge of the franchise ever since. While FIFA is one of the most profitable brands in gaming history, the cost of licensing the game was one of the reasons this drastic decision was made.
While the general game mechanics and core game modes will be similar to what players have come to know and love over the past few years, the end of the partnership should see the change bring with it a wider range of gameplay, as the rise of esports continues with increasingly popular in-game live events.
A statement read: “I want to start by thanking this incredible community of over 150 million fans for helping to build the world’s greatest football entertainment platform – EA SPORTS FIFA. After nearly 30 years of creating experiences genre-defining interactive soccer games, we will soon begin an exciting new era.
“Next year, EA SPORTS FC will become the future of EA SPORTS football. Everything you love about our games will be part of EA SPORTS FC – the same experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes will be Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, and VOLTA Football will all be there.”
News of the name change was also announced on EA’s social media platforms, with the developer revealing that it would now be partnering with Nike. A message on Twitter read: “Football, meet Future. We’re proud to partner with #EASPORTSFC to expand the future of the beautiful game. More to come in July 2023. Are you ready?”
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EA Sports vice-president David Jackson told the BBC: “The world of football and the world of entertainment are changing, and they clash within our product. In the future, our players will demand us the ability to be more expansive in this offering.Right now, we engage in gaming as a primary form of interactive experience.
“Soon, watching and creating content is going to be just as important for fans. Under the licensing agreements we agreed to with Fifa 10 years ago, there were certain restrictions that wouldn’t allow us to build these experiences. . for gamers.”
Fans can also rest assured that they will still be able to play as Premier League sides like Liverpool, who were fictitiously referred to as Merseyside Red on FIFA’s unlicensed rival game Pro Evolution Soccer. EA has registered 19,000 athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and more than 30 leagues for future games.
FIFA 23 will be released this fall, while the first edition of EA Sports FC is due out late next year.