FIFA 23 devs drop major hints about Pro Clubs’ crossplay future
FIFA 23 fans were disappointed when EA Sports announced that crossplay wouldn’t be coming to the game at launch. Thankfully, some new details from the developers has teased that it could arrive further into the game’s lifespan.
For years, FIFA fans have been begging EA Sports to introduce cross-platform play to the series. With games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Apex Legends all making use of the system, FIFA seemed like an obvious candidate for crossplay.
For the first time, FIFA 23 is set to include cross-platform play, but left players disappointed with the news that it would only be available in a limited number of modes.
For many, the biggest blow was the fact that Pro Clubs would not utilize the system at all, meaning players couldn’t team up if they were on different consoles. While Pro Clubs won’t be crossplay at launch, EA Sports have suggested that might not be the case for the entirety of the game’s lifespan.
EA teases Pro Clubs crossplay in the future
In their August 8 Pitch Notes for FIFA 23, Game Design Director for Pro Clubs and VOLTA Football Richard Walz spoke candidly about the lack of crossplay in these modes, and provided an update on the future of the modes.
“I share your desire to see crossplay in Pro Clubs,” he stated, “And understand the frustrations for not seeing it included in the launch of FIFA 23. While we’re excited with the first steps to bring new crossplay features to FIFA 23, we also recognize what crossplay functionality could mean to the Pro Clubs modes, with the potential for improving matchmaking, and allowing friends from different platforms of the same generation to play together.”
“With the scale of such an important feature, our goal is to bring you the best possible experiences. As we look at our crossplay future, we’re focused on matchmaking in Pro Clubs, VOLTA, and FUT Co-op, as well as cross-platform lobby invites and ultimately cross-platform Pro Clubs.”
When FIFA 23 launches, only 1v1 modes will have crossplay enabled. That means Ultimate Team Friendlies, Divisional matches, and Weekend League, along with Online Seasons.
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