The deal between football’s governing body and the gaming studio is coming to an end. EA will continue to make football games under the new name EA Sports FC from 2023, while Fifa is planning to launch new games with third-party publishers and developers.
The game officially comes out next week, but there are ways to get early access if you spend a bit of extra cash. Here’s what you need to know.
When is Fifa 23 coming out?
EA has confirmed that Fifa 23 will be released on 30 September 2022.
The game will be available on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PC and Google Stadia.
How can I get early access?
You can get access to Fifa 23 three days early, on 27 September, if you purchase the ultimate edition, which costs £20 more than the standard game, but also includes other bonuses.
Alternatively, you can sign up to EA Play.
EA Play costs £3.99 per month, or £19.99 for a year under a current special offer. You can sign up on the EA website here.
This will allow you to play Fifa 23 for up to 10 hours from 27 September until the official launch. It also gives early access to select other new releases, as well as unlimited access to a library of classic games.
There is an upper tier of subscription called EA Play Pro, which allows you to play premium editions of select new-release games days before they launch, and gain unlimited access to a library of premium edition EA games. This costs £14.99 per month, or £89.99 for a year.
How much will Fifa 23 cost?
The standard edition of Fifa 23 will cost £69.99 on PlayStation and Xbox, and £59.99 on PC. The ultimate edition costs £89.99 on console and £79.99 on PC. Along with early access, the ultimate edition also gets you:
- Fifa World CPU Fifa Ultimate Team (FUT) heroes player item (limited time only);
- Dual entitlement;
- Ones to watch player item;
- 4,600 Fifa Points;
- Team of the Week 1 player item;
- Kylian Mbappé loan item for five FUT matches;
- FUT ambassador loan player pick (choose between Davies, Son and Vinicius Jr) for three Ultimate Team matches;
- Career mode homegrown talent.
Where can I pre-order Fifa 23?
When can I get the Fifa 23 Web App?
The Fifa 23 Web App launched on Wednesday 21 September at 6pm UK time. You can find it here.
The app has become very popular, as it allows Ultimate Team players to access their clubs, open packs and organise their squads online, without having to load up their console.
It only works on desktop, but there is a Companion App you can download for mobile, which launches on Thursday 22 September.
The apps allow you to:
- Manage and share FUT squads (including concept squads)
- Search, sell and trade items in the transfer market
- Purchase packs and Fifa Points from the FUT store
- Complete squad building challenges
- Complete squad management objectives
- Redeem Squad Battles, Rivals and FUT Champions rewards
- Check the FUT leaderboards
- Customise the active stadium
What are the new features?
Mbappé and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr will be on the cover of Fifa 23. Kerr’s inclusion is a nod to the most significant addition to the game – the inclusion of women’s club football.
EA has also spoken about its new HyperMotion2 technology, which will not be available on PS4 or Xbox One. This technology is supposed to make the game’s physics even more realistic.
Set-pieces have been revamped, and Ultimate Team’s chemistry system has been overhauled.
Cross-play has been enabled for the first time, meaning people can finally play online against their friends who have different consoles.
Who are the best players in Fifa 23?
Here are the 23 best players in Fifa 23 by overall ranking:
- Karim Benzema (ST) – Real Madrid and France – 91
- Robert Lewandowski (ST) – Barcelona and Poland – 91
- Kylian Mbappé (ST) – PSG and France – 91
- Kevin de Bruyne (CM) – Manchester City and Belgium – 91
- Lionel Messi (RW) – PSG and Argentina – 91
- Mohamed Salah (RW) – Liverpool and Egypt – 90
- Virgil van Dijk (CB) – Liverpool and Netherlands – 90
- Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – Manchester United and Portugal – 90
- Thibaut Courtois (GK) – Real Madrid and Belgium – 90
- Manuel Neuer (GK) – Bayern Munich and Germany – 90
- Neymar (LW) – PSG and Brazil – 89
- Heung Min Son (LW) – Tottenham and South Korea – 89
- Sadio Mané (LM) – Liverpool and Senegal – 89
- Joshua Kimmich (CDM) – Bayern Munich and Germany – 89
- Casemiro (CDM) – Manchester United and Brazil – 89
- Alisson (GK) – Liverpool and Brazil – 89
- Harry Kane (ST) – Tottenham and England – 89
- Ederson (GK) – Manchester City and Brazil – 89
- N’Golo Kanté (CDM) – Chelsea and France – 89
- Jan Oblak (GK) – Atletico Madrid and Slovenia – 89
- Erling Haaland (ST) – Manchester City and Norway – 88
- Toni Kroos (CM) – Real Madrid and Germany – 88
- Marquinhos (CB) – PSG and Brazil – 88
Why is this the last Fifa game?
Starting next year, EA’s football games will no longer be associated with Fifa. EA will continue to make football games under the new name EA Sports FC from 2023.
The developer said its licensing deals remain in place with 19,000 players, 700 teams, and more than 30 leagues from around the world, including the Premier League and La Liga.
Its deal with Uefa also remains, so the Champions League will continue to be part of the games, though the World Cup will not feature.
“The world of football and the world of entertainment are changing, and they clash within our product,” David Jackson, vice president of EA Sports, told BBC News.
“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. Soon, watching and creating content are going to be equally as important for fans.”
He added the new arrangement would allow the firm to build a “brand for the future”.
It also means EA is free to sign its own brand agreements with clubs, players or other firms, keeping its hold on the official licenses that let it recreate real teams, unlike rival titles like Pro Evolution Soccer, which has recently re-branded as eFootball.
EA signalled months ago the relationship would end. The company’s current contract was set to expire after the Qatar World Cup, with Fifa seeking increased revenue, and EA pushing to expand the Fifa brand into new areas such as NFTs and highlights of real games.
Fifa was seeking at least double the $150m (£121m) it gets annually from EA Sports, its biggest commercial partner, a Reuters report said, adding the two sides had different expectations of what should be included in a new agreement.
EA and Fifa have agreed to continue their partnership until the Women’s World Cup next summer, which is being held in Australia and New Zealand.
Fifa has said it will launch new football video games developed with third-party studios and publishers.
Several new “non-simulation games are already under production” and are due to launch later this year.