With Qatar 2022 almost upon us, many players are wondering what shape FIFA 23 World Cup content will take. We’ve got all the details on the World Cup and Women’s World Cup in FIFA 23.
In case you missed it, EA Sports and FIFA decided to end their nearly thirty-year partnership, which will bring an end to the FIFA video game franchise as you know it. Instead, EA will use their impressive football licenses to rebrand the franchise as EA Sports FC.
Despite the announcement of a new plan and direction, FIFA 23 will be the final game that EA and FIFA will release in collaboration. As a result of the recent news and given that a FIFA World Cup will take place in 2022, many are wondering if FIFA 23 will have a World Cup mode.
EA usually releases in-game World Cup content that highlights the teams and players at the iconic tournament, and we’ll let you know if FIFA 23 will follow suit.
FIFA 23 World Cup mode
EA confirmed in their October Pitch Notes that FIFA 23 World Cup mode will arrive on November 9 as part of a free update. It will feature every qualified team and allow players to experience Qatar 2022 in multiple different ways, complete with the official trophy, kits, and two licensed stadiums.
We’ve got a breakdown of every offline and online mode coming as part of the FIFA 23 World Cup update below:
- FIFA World Cup Kick Off: A one-off match against local players or the AI using any of the 32 qualified teams.
- FIFA World Cup 2022 Tournaments: Play through the entire Qatar World Cup from start to finish, with the option to replace any nation with a team that didn’t qualify from the FIFA 23 roster.
- Online Tournament: Try and claim the World Cup trophy by starting in the knockout stages and beating four real players in online matches.
- FIFA World Cup Live: An ever-changing mode that updates based on how the competition unfolds. Players can recreate every fixture of Qatar 2022 with authentic lineups.
FIFA 23 Women’s World Cup
For the very first time in the series, FIFA 23 will feature the Women’s World Cup. The tournament takes place in Australia and New Zealand in 2023, and players will be able to experience the whole completion in-game with licensed teams, kits, and standings.
Similar to the men’s competition, the Women’s World Cup content will arrive as a free update after FIFA 23’s release.
However, since the real-life event doesn’t begin until July 2023, we likely won’t see it until later on in the game’s lifecycle.
Ultimate Team World Cup content in FIFA 23
FIFA 23 won’t feature a standalone World Cup Ultimate Team mode this time around. Instead, the existing FUT will receive World Cup promos, cards, and SBCs throughout the course of the tournament to help players build their existing squads.
In FIFA 18, Ultimate Team underwent a World Cup makeover and players could open packs with themed items. However, this won’t be the case in FIFA 23 and the World Cup content will be intertwined with the normal Ultimate Team season.
We’ll keep you posted about more new World Cup content in FIFA 23’s game modes as more news comes to light.
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