FIFA 23 will have crossplay across most modes, but it’s limited to one-on-one activities. This means, Pro Clubs, by its very nature, will not be supported. That’s left the community irate, as many feel it’s the feature that would benefit best from crossplay, due to its 11vs11 requirements. It’s something that publisher EA Sports has addressed, without mentioning anything specific.
“I share your desire to see crossplay in Pro Clubs, and understand the frustrations for not seeing it included in the launch of FIFA 23,” game design director Richard Walz said. “While we’re excited with the first steps to bring new crossplay features to FIFA 23, we also recognise what cross-play functionality could mean to the Pro Clubs mode with the potential for improving matchmaking and allowing friends from different platforms of the same generation to play together.”
While he didn’t explicitly confirm that crossplay will come to Pro Clubs later, he basically admitted that it’s in the pipeline. “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.”
So, what is new with Pro Clubs this year? Well, firstly, it will be closer associated with street football mode VOLTA, with progression shared across the two. “This year we built features that bring the Pro Clubs and VOLTA experiences closer together, so that regardless of how you and your friends feel like playing on any given day, you’ll be making progress.”
In essence, then, you’ll earn XP for your Pro Clubs character even when you’re playing minigames in VOLTA – and the same applies to the Battle Pass-style Seasonal Event progression, where you’ll unlock new clothing and customisation options regardless of mode. This includes tattoos and more, although some of the sillier VOLTA cosmetics will not be compatible with the more serious Pro Clubs, which is fair enough.
Across both modes, there’ll be more levels to work through – 100 in total – with each level coming quicker and easier. You’ll also find new Perks to refine your playstyle, while Post-Match Accolades will be awarded in Pro Clubs to acknowledge the best players. Over in VOLTA, there’ll be new minigames to enjoy, including a distinctly Fall Guys-esque Dribble King challenge – and, of course, Foot Golf!
Meanwhile, a larger stadium has been added to the VOLTA mix to give you more room to express yourself in matches. And one new Signature Ability, Take Flight, will allow you to rise above your opponents and win more aerial duels.
All in all, it sounds like an iterative update for both modes, but it seems like the plan is to more closely align VOLTA and Pro Clubs moving forwards. We wonder if this is all paving the way for an NBA 2K23-style MyPlayer career in the future – especially with all the improvements being added to the Player Career mode in FIFA 23 as well.
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Players still looking the same from last 10 FIFAs for £60. I can forgive a TLOU Remake for £70 with no microtransactions. Thankfully there's FREeFootball.
If the eventual goal is to completely merge Volta and Pro Clubs and create a MyPlayer style mode once they’re free from the shackles of FIFA then it could work pretty well. Be A Pro still resembles what it was like back in the early 2010s, they really need to get with the times with their single player career mode. Essentially copying NBA 2K would probably work the best.
"the more serious pro clubs" green afro, smallest possible pro size, boot it forward and sprint. Ah yes, just like real football 👍
The gameplay in pro clubs/online isn't even the same as in offline matches, it's like a totally different game.
But apart from that, you go EA
@Ravix you sound like someone who got spanked 6-0 on your game for promotion to Div 1 by a team full of players with names
that are sexual innuendos and green afros
@theMEGAniggle 🤣 not quite. But that would be annoying and a valid reason to complain ha ha. It's more just the endless search for people who try to play good football, win or lose, because it's fun to at least try to play good football on a football game rather than find and repeat the latest exploit to mess up the ai.
I think I just like realism and good passing in my football and am quite (very) stuck up about it 😁😁 a little part of me dies when I have to resort to L1 Triangle, because people like to make that run over the top and demand it. I've given up though, not played in months.
I regard myself as having some of the best vision and off the ball traits on fifa too, and like to try things other players do not try, but that comes at a risk as sometimes it really does not work, and in some games people just want you to run and nothing more, rather than make space and try and play football.
Also I can't dribble for the life of me 🤣🤣 so it hurts even more when stuck in games that don't favour off the ball and passing play.
Plus I'm already up against it enough to start with having slower reaction times than all these young kids. It's like.. come on, you don't need to exploit stuff 😂
Best game mode in FIFA mostly neglected again.
The VOLTA influence in terms of improving your player is decent but cross play is a must at this point.
@Ravix you got a slow reaction speed, can't dribble and don't use any form of l1+triangle? Man I'd like to see the way you play.
@Cherip-the-Ripper I'm being quite self deprecating. I'm consistenly top 100 😅 pass and move, team play, seeing the pass early, work the angles, timing of runs, timing of shots, and knowing when to shoot. But I know I could be a lot better if I was also consistently good on the ball, especially when using a smaller pro, and if more people played more like football and less like "FIFA" because then I can read the game and know what they are doing to get passes going even quicker
@Ravix I feel you. No real space to play realistically is really hurting the game but most of the people that play the game don't even care about that stuff so EA doesn't either
Just wanna have a league where everyone tries to play properly and it challenges you to make the most of tactics and not dumb exploits that have been around since 2013
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