With its FIFA license scheduled to expire this year, you could perhaps forgive EA Sports for phoning in FIFA 23 while it turns its attention to the all-new EA Sports FC. That absolutely won’t be the case, however, as the publisher aims to make this year’s game its biggest and best ever. With two officially licensed World Cups scheduled during the release’s lifecycle – the men’s one in Qatar and the women’s one in Australia and New Zealand – the juggernaut wants to go out with a bang.
Football is bigger than it’s ever been, and during a presentation attended by Push Square the publisher admitted that it knows its game “needs to be special” – more so than ever before. While we’re not allowed to delve into all of the specifics just yet, we can confirm that new-gen consoles like PS5 will benefit from an evolution of the technology introduced in FIFA 22: HyperMotion 2. This will once again use a combination of advanced motion capture and machine learning to make the gameplay feel more realistic than ever, adding over 6,000 animations to the release.
Perhaps most importantly of all, the publisher wants the game to be the most inclusive it’s ever made. This means that, for the first time, it’ll be introducing crossplay across all of its one-versus-one gameplay modes – dramatically expanding the pool of players you’ll be able to compete with, and removing age-old barriers regarding which console you play on. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to take on friends on Xbox and PC. There’ll be no crossplay between new-gen and last-gen consoles, however, due to the gameplay differences.
Speaking of gameplay, there are a number of key improvements. The aforementioned machine learning powered by HyperMotion 2 brings new authenticity, including a dribbling system that feels more tactile and less like players are on ice. Similarly, jockeying in defence has been re-written to account for the refined control forwards have – and to help counteract a new shot mechanic, which allows you to perform powerful strikes at the risk of getting dispossessed. Pace has also been refined, introducing new archetypes which account for each player’s acceleration attributes and strides.
EA Sports is also massively expanding upon the women’s game. While past entries have only allowed internationals, both the French Division 1 Féminine and English Women’s Super League and its various teams are finally coming to the series – as reflected by Sam Kerr on the cover. These additions will be powered by their own, bespoke set of HyperMotion 2 animations, as for the first time EA Sports has captured data for both men’s and women’s matches. And, if you’re new to the series, the game will feature an entirely new coaching mode that will help teach you how to play. Details on this are light for the time being, but it seems like a necessary and noteworthy inclusion.
Other improvements – and there’s a lot to dig into in the lead up to the game’s 30th September launch – include new augmented reality broadcast replays, which feel weirdly NFL-inspired but add impact to key gameplay moments. The publisher’s also completely overhauled the turf, with the grass carving up over the course of 90 minutes.
There are alterations to Pro Clubs and VOLTA as well, including new minigames in the latter, but more will be revealed in due course. Similarly, the Player Career campaign is getting new wrinkles which will allow you to determine your personality both on and off the field – again, look for more information on that in the future. And when it comes to FIFA Ultimate Team, there are some pretty major shake-ups to the way Chemistry works to pay attention to.
All of that, including information on the two World Cup modes, will come in due time – but it’s really important to underline how seriously EA Sports is taking this year’s game. Rather than toss in the towel as it looks towards a future under a new name, the publisher is adamant this will be the “most ambitious” FIFA game it’s ever made. Stay tuned as we dig into more details about what HyperMotion 2 means, and the various other innovations the soccer sim is bringing to the field.
In the meantime, know that the game will release on PS5 and PS4 from 30th September, with Ultimate Edition owners getting early access from 27th September.
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the last FIFA will go with a bang then, huh? As long as they keep their lootboxes the game will still be 1/10 but it's nice seeing the offline side getting some love and content
These seem like good changes, really like the player career personality as it has been needing a change like that. Looking forward to a new Fifa for the first time since 2015!
I do tend to buy FIFA more or less every year but the last few years it's eventually come to gamepass (via ea play) and even been given away as a ps plus game so I may well hold off this time instead of shelling out £65 - £70
Grealish’s hair don’t look right, expect a patch on his wishes
'With its FIFA license scheduled to expire this year, you could perhaps forgive EA Sports for phoning in FIFA 23'
Umm...that's a resounding 'No!' Why would that even be a suggestion? EA release this game every year with minor 'improvements', charge full price, reset UT rendering all the money spent on it pointless and STILL their offline Career Mode is absolute rubbish. Forgive them for phoning it in? You're having a laugh 😆
I'm giving them zero credit for all the rhetoric they've produced for this game. In practice their game engine and the gameplay has been with each iteration nowhere near as good as they promote. So everything they've said here is just fluff. They're taking it seriously this year? They say words to that effect every year.
I normally get carer mode every year it’s great to see the woman super league in there and I am looking forward to playing as the spurs woman
It actually sounds like they’re making real improvements. I only really play these once every few years but might check this out.
Milking the FIFA license for all it has got to really show FIFA how much EA can do with FIFA branding by having a FIFA world cup and another FIFA world cup.
If they don't kiss and make up (I don't follow or care about licensing news tbh) this game is going to be absolutely rammed full of adverts for EA Sports FC though 😂😂
"Best ever?" Now where have we heard that before...
I mean there's FREeFootball.
"The publisher’s also completely overhauled the turf, with the grass carving up over the course of 90 minutes."
So what happens during extra time? The grass starts to float?
I just wish they would include better faces and better facial animations. The celebrations sometimes are terrifying
I kind of was hoping they would let you do a career mode with the women's leagues just like how 2K does it, but at least their adding more content for the women's game. I'll get this game this year(as usual) but during the Black Friday sale when it's always half off.
Black Friday sale will coincide with start of the men’s World Cup so that’ll be perfect. FIFA 22 with sliders adjusted for realism has been really fun. Friendly reminder that you aren’t obligated to spend a penny on micro transactions to enjoy the game. Hopefully EA Football 24 has some of the great looking career mode improvements that Madden will have this year.
@whitejessegpfc what does that mean sliders adjusted for realism?
@Flurpsel Start by turning Game Speed to slow then tweak the detailed settings for more of a realistic football match and less of an arcadey FUT basketball style back & forth. I’d recommend looking up Broma18 sliders on YouTube or Google “operation sports sliders fifa 22.” Enjoy!
Lot of negative comments here. 22 changed a lot of things up. Brought me back to the series for the first time since god knows when. Looking forward to this.
I wonder what they fell out over, it's always been a very sweet deal for both parties.
I kind of suspect it's lootbox related, perhaps the massive fee for the rights isn't worth it without them, and people are increasingly hostile towards them.
yeah no worries mate. I trust EA everything they say, notttttt. copy/paste bollocks
So new content for female players again. Whats new for male gamers?
Poor Fifa... 30th Sept is Slipknot releasing new album, sorry Fifa, won't buy you. Maybe in alternative reality...
Good luck to all the folks who fall for this.
@whitejessegpfc i'll check it out. Cheers!
Next year - this year will be the best ever for this game.
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