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EA Sports FC: End of FIFA partnership, game modes, licenses, more

EA have ended their long-standing partnership with FIFA and the football series will be rebranding as EA Sports FC in 2023.



EA Sports FC logo

EA Sports have decided to rebrand their football franchise as EA Sports FC in 2023 after the company announced it severed its partnership with FIFA. Here’s everything you need to know about EA Sports FC including licenses, game modes, and the rebrand.

EA Sports made waves in the gaming industry on May 10 when they announced that their nearly-30 year partnership with FIFA would come to a close. FIFA 23 will be the final title under the joint branding of EA Sports and FIFA.

EA Sports FC is set to replace the iconic franchise in 2023, presumably several months after the release of FIFA 23.

Fans of the franchise may be wondering what implications this massive change will have on their beloved football series. Here’s everything you need to know about EA Sports FC including the licenses and game modes that could appear in the game.

EA Sports ends partnership with FIFA

EA Sports FC Mbappe

While some were shocked by the news of the eventual split between EA Sports and FIFA, others were hopeful about the future of the franchise due to the details EA shared in their announcement blog.

EA views this next step as a new era of the series that revolutionize the franchise, “this new independent platform will bring fresh opportunity – to innovate, create and evolve.” There’s no doubt that EA Sports will have more control over proceedings moving forward, which could very well lead to proper innovation in the football genre.

FIFA 23 will be the last collaboration between the two when it releases in the fall of 2022.

EA Sports FC game modes & licenses

EA Sports FC Liverpool

EA confirmed that players will be able to play Volta, Career Mode, and Pro Clubs alongside Ultimate Team in EA Sports FC. We’ll keep you posted as new game modes might arise when more information comes to light.

Long-time FIFA fans will receive most of the content they’ve become accustomed to over the years including Ultimate Team and Career Mode. Given the success of Ultimate Team, it’s no surprise to see that EA plan to continue to deliver the fan-favorite mode.

If you were worried that the authenticity of EA Sports’ football franchise would take a hit without FIFA, you can rest assured that EA’s massive licensing portfolio will carry over to EA Sports FC.

Bayern vs Dortmund FIFA 22

The licensing portfolio includes rights to players, teams, leagues, and everything that contributes to steeping the game in realism, “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.”

EA’s exclusive partnerships with the top leagues around the world like the Bundesliga, Premier League, and LaLiga means that EA Sports FC will be the only source of this authentic content. In addition, to teams and players, this also includes club competitions like the legendary Champions League.

We’ll have to wait and see if this extends to FIFA’s World Cup competition, but UEFA has declared that they are committed to providing an immersive Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League experience in EA Sports FC.

When is the EA Sports FC reveal?

Given EA Sports FC will follow FIFA 23, it’s too early for a release date, but fans of the franchise can look to July 2023 for more news concerning the new title.

EA explained that they are “incredibly excited to build the future of global football with all of you, and will be happy to share more info on EA SPORTS FC in Summer 2023.”

You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled this summer to see how EA plan to innovate their incredibly popular football franchise following their split from FIFA.

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