FIFA 2023 Will be the Last Game to Bear the Iconic FIFA Name; Here’s Why

If you’re an ardent soccer fan, FIFA would be one game that you might have gone crazy over.

Unfortunately, it seems like 2023 will be the last edition of the legendary soccer game.

FIFA 2023 Will be the Last Game to Bear the Iconic FIFA Name; Here’s Why

Electronic Arts (EA) has confirmed that they’ll stop making the popular FIFA game in 2023.

Before we get into the reason behind the discontinuation, you have to first understand the situation.

According to Mirror, the first FIFA game was created in 1993 by a subdivision of EA Sports and ever since then, they’ve been in charge of the brand.

Even though FIFA is one of the most profitable brands in gaming history, the cost of the game’s license was one reason why the partnership broke down.

EA Will Still Continue Making Football Games

Now, I know what you’re thinking: has the era of football games come to an end?

The short answer is a resounding no.

While the brand of FIFA will end, EA will continue to make football games under a new banner: EA Sports FC.

And with it will come an exciting new era of football gameplay.

Here’s EA statement in full:

“I want to start by thanking this incredible community of more than 150 million fans for helping build the world’s biggest football entertainment platform – EA SPORTS FIFA. After nearly 30 years of creating genre-defining interactive football experiences, we will soon begin an exciting new era.

“Next year, EA SPORTS FC will become the future of football from EA SPORTS. Everything you love about our games will be part of EA SPORTS FC – 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.”

New Exciting Developments

Other than familiar gameplay, EA is also looking to bring in even more elements for soccer fans around the world, rather than just playing as the main form of interaction.

EA Sports vice-president David Jackson pointed out that in the past, the licensing agreement had restricted them from exploring more possibilities:

“The world of football and the world of entertainment are changing, and they clash within our product. In the future our players will demand of us the ability to be more expansive in that offering. At the moment, we engage in play as a primary form of interactive experience.

“Under the licensing conventions that we had agreed with Fifa 10 years ago, there were some restrictions that weren’t going to allow us to be able to build those experiences for players.”

It appears that with EA Sports FC, watching and creating content might also become a possibility.

EA also announced that it is partnering up with Nike for EA Sports FC and has signed up 19,000 athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and more than 30 leagues for future games.

The first edition of EA Sports FC will be released late next year.

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