It’s been on the cards for some time now that EA would eventually be rebranding its FIFA series, and now it’s a done deal – FIFA 23 will be the final game to be made in connection with governing body FIFA, and the series will change its name to EA Sports FC for the 2023 game.
In a statement by EA Sports’ Cam Weber, the developer will “deliver our most expansive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA, for one more year” with FIFA 23, which will include FIFA World Cup content around this year’s tournament in Qatar.
Weber says that by cutting ties with FIFA and creating this “new independent platform” for its football sim, EA Sports can create something truly amazing. “This is much more than just a change of symbol – as EA SPORTS, we’re committed to ensuring EA SPORTS FC is a symbol of change,” he says. “We’re dedicated to meaningfully reinvesting in the sport, and we’re excited to work with a large and increasing number of partners to expand to new authentic experiences that bring joy, inclusivity and immersion to a global community of fans.”
While the name will change, Weber assures the content and modes that FIFA fans have come to know will not be disappearing. “The same great experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes will be there. Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs and VOLTA Football will all be there. Our unique licensing portfolio of more than 19,000+ players, 700+ teams, 100+ stadiums and 30 leagues that we’ve continued to invest in for decades will still be there, uniquely in EA SPORTS FC.”
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Despite the announcement coming well before the launch of the final FIFA, Weber says we won’t hear more any more details about EA Sports FC and the changes ahead until Summer 2023.
That means all attention can be on the upcoming hype train for FIFA 23. If you’re already thinking of climbing aboard, check out our FIFA 23 release date guide for everything we know so far.