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FIFA 23 will entirely transform the way Chemistry works in Ultimate Team, or FUT as its better known among fans. No longer will you be restricted by the series’ iconic green lines, but you’ll instead be able to build partnerships all over the pitch. For example, Liverpool fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson – widely considered to be one of the strongest partnerships in the Premier League – will now contribute to each other’s Chemistry, despite them being on opposite sides of the pitch.

The way it works is that you’ll earn points for your players’ Team, League, and Nationality. Stacking these will allow you to gradually increase the Chemistry of your team, unlocking ratings boosts. However, unlike in previous years, there’ll be no penalty for minimum Chemistry, meaning you’ll be able to experiment much more with your squad – and adding in new players who don’t necessarily fit your system will at least perform to their base ratings.

All of this will allow for more flexibility and experimentation. And don’t worry if you don’t have time to No Life™ the game this year: a new single player mode, named Moments, will add regular bitesized challenges to the release. These will include scoring a free kick in stoppage time, or coming back from 1-0 down in the second half. Completing these will earn stars, which you can then use to trade for rewards.

As with the rest of the game, all of 1v1 modes will be crossplay within the same console generation, and the in-game market will be unified as well. Just as a final improvement, there’ll be new animated tifos and trophies for you to place pitch side in order to further personalise your stadium, so there’s lots to look forward to in this year’s game. And yes, World Cup content is coming later in the year.