Friday marks the release of EA Sports FIFA 23, the 30th and final installment in the popular football video game series. EA’s partnership with FIFA is about to end, and next year’s game tier will be called EA Sports FC.
Before this major change, the latest version of “FIFA” will have some major updates, including a focus on women’s football and the inclusion of the upcoming World Cup in the game.
In an interview with Sports IllustratedKantcho Doskov, EA’s Director of Gameplay Design for FIFA, detailed how his team used motion capture technology in two full 90-minute competitive matches to better recreate player movements. “This is the first time our team has done motion capture with an actual game,” he said, adding that the company was capturing women’s motion for the first time. Women’s soccer is one of the main interests of FIFA 23and those players should feel more realistic than ever.
As part of this push forward with the women’s game, Chelsea’s Sam Kerr joins Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé on the ‘Ultimate Edition’ cover of the game.
This year’s match is also a unique year for the sport, as the World Cup in Qatar will be played in winter rather than summer. This opened up an opportunity for EA, as the World Cup will be played after, not before, the game’s release. The game includes an exclusive World Cup mode, which Doskov calls “the most exciting addition” for him. The game will also feature special edition World Cup cards in FIFA Ultimate Team mode.
For some fans, the most notable inclusion came a week ago when EA revealed that Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond were included in the game.
This year’s game will also be the first in which PlayStation 5 and Xbox players can compete across multiple consoles.
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