EA's FIFA Is No More, Say Hello To EA Sports FC
EA will reveal more details on its new soccer game franchise in July.
EA has officially revealed new details on its 2023 soccer game, EA Sports FC, the first entry in a new franchise without the FIFA branding. After it ended its partnership with the international soccer governing body last year, EA announced a new franchise based on the global sport that will still have the same or a similar lineup of players, teams, and stadiums thanks to the licensing deals it has in place.
More details on EA Sports FC will be revealed in July, but this week, EA added that the game will become a "platform to create, innovate and grow new football experiences" when it launches later this year.
"We're building on 30 years of leadership and history creating experiences that bring the global football community together, and continuing to take it into a fan-first future," EA Sports FC's Nick Wlodyka said in a press statement. "EA Sports FC will be a symbol for the sport, a symbol of innovation and change, and we're energized to show our fans more about the future in July."
For football fans, you'll be able to play matches in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and WSL, and EA says that hundreds of leagues, teams, brands, and athletes will be represented in the game. As for FIFA, it still plans to release a game bearing its brand through third-party developers and publishers, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino claims that this game will be "the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name" and will be the "best one" available for fans.
"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. 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," Infantino said of the project.
FIFA was reportedly asking EA to pay $1 billion to use the FIFA name in its games every four years, which is allegedly one of the big reasons why EA chose to split from FIFA and develop its own soccer game.