Tag: Fifa

  • News FIFA Announces Plans to Release EA Sports FC Rival and More

    President claims FIFA games will still be the best

    Following the news that EA Sports will ditch the FIFA branding for its football simulation games after the release of FIFA 23, the organisation has confirmed its plans to create a rival to EA Sports FC. FIFA says it is currently "engaging with leading game publishers, media companies and investors...

  • News EA Sports Will Officially Ditch FIFA Branding Next Year

    EA Sports FC welcomes you to the club

    In a jaw-dropping move, EA Sports will officially abandon the FIFA license for its line of football titles, beginning with 2023’s game. The publisher has flogged its soccer sims as FIFA for almost 30 years, but has decided to part ways with football’s international governing body. Following the release of...

  • News PS Plus Subscribers Can Claim a Free FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Pack

    How's your pack luck?

    Deep down, we all know why FIFA 22 is one of all PS Plus games this month. The reality is that the football season is ending soon, and EA Sports is trying to squeeze the last dregs of profit out of the soccer sim. Many may simply download the game and play offline, however, and the publisher would rather get you spending in...

  • News EA Sports Testing FIFA 22 Crossplay on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia

    PS Plus game breaking down barriers

    The majority of multiplayer games support some form of crossplay these days, but FIFA has been a holdout. While Sony’s own sports series MLB The Show integrated the feature last year, EA Sports has been reluctant to enable it. However, a test in the PS5 version of FIFA 22 – this month’s PS Plus game – is...

  • News PS Plus Game FIFA 22 Appears to Be Targeting EA Play with Battlefield 2042 on PS5, PS4

    New signings

    With the end of the football season approaching, and the frightening prospect of Liverpool winning a quadruple – save our souls, Karim Benzema! – it seems like EA Sports wants to get FIFA 22 in as many hands as humanly possible. The game, one of All PS Plus Games for May 2022, also appears to be joining EA Play’s

  • News EA Sports Is Removing Russian Teams from FIFA 22

    Including the Russian national team

    EA Sports has announced that it has "initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs" from FIFA 22. This is due to Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, with EA Sports stating that it "stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people". The main bodies that oversee professional football...

  • News EA Sports Hints FIFA Has Been an Impediment As It Looks Set to Break Ties

    "It's four letters on the front of the box"

    A future where FIFA games have a different name is looking likelier. Reports have been swirling for some time that EA Sports is considering abandoning the brand, and now a frank appraisal from CEO Andrew Wilson, as reported by VGC, makes it seem even more likely. In a speech allegedly giv

  • News FIFA 22 Team of the Year Revealed

    Five Premier League players included

    The votes have been counted and now the winners are revealed: EA Sports has shared the 2021 Team of the Year for FIFA 22. Revealed by England legend David Beckham, the 11 players are as follows: Goalkeeper — Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG, Italian) Defender — João Cancelo (Manchester City, Portuguese) Defender...

  • News Real-Life FIFA 22 ICON Shirts Now on Sale at Sports Direct

    Game recognises game

    If you’ve ever wanted to wear your fandom for FIFA 22, then you may be eager to learn that high-street retail chain Sports Direct is now stocking home and away ICON kits inspired by the game. Available in both adult (£19.99) and junior (£14.99) guises, these shirts are eligible for the store’s My ID customisation program,...

  • News FIFA 22 Giving Away Free Next-Gen Players in Ultimate Team on PS5, PS4

    Play between 15th December and 14th January

    Anyone who plays FIFA 22 between 15th December and 14th January will be rewarded with a free next-gen FIFA Ultimate Team player. The promotion – spotlighting some of the best young talent in European football right now – includes players like cover star Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City forward Phil...

  • News EA Sports Still at Risk of Losing the FIFA Name as 'Bitter Dispute' Rages On

    Money, money, money

    It came to light last month that EA Sports might have to rename its FIFA video game franchise. Basically, the actual FIFA — the Fédération Internationale de Football Association — wants EA to cough up more money for the rights to its name, and the publisher didn't seem keen on giving in to the demands. It was even...

  • News Sony Recreates Real-Life Champions League Goals with PS5 Controls

    This is how you do it

    Sony’s really stepped up its Champions League marketing these past few weeks. You’ve probably already seen those awesome commercials, featuring characters like Kratos and Ratchet & Clank, but how about these Twitter videos where it recreates real-life goals with DualSense controls? Check this out: The concept is...

  • Hands On FIFA 22's Underrated VOLTA Arcade Is Football Fall Guys

    Minigame madness

    Hated, adored, never ignored. The motto may predominantly be used by Man United fans who argue that, win or lose, the club is rarely out of the headlines – but it also applies to FIFA Ultimate Team. Look, here’s a mode that draws the angst of hardcore gamers all around the world – and yet franchise fans absolutely adore it...

  • News FIFA 22's Superhero Goalkeepers Toned Down in PS5, PS4 Patch

    Raft of other improvements included

    The first update for FIFA 22 on PlayStation 5 and PS4 is out now, and it’s absolutely enormous in terms of alterations and improvements. Among the changes are a laundry list of gameplay enhancements, including some tweaks to the way goalkeepers work. While you’re still going to be up against prime Peter...

  • News EA Sports FC Could Be the New Name for FIFA Games

    Contract negotiations

    You’ve got to give credit: FIFA, as a brand, is more synonymous with EA Sports’ soccer simulation these days than the shady organisation it’s named after. But licensing that name comes at a significant cost to the publisher, and it admitted recently that it’s looking to alternatives as it renegotiates its relationship...

  • News EA Sports' Future FIFA Games Might Not Be Called FIFA

    EA considering rebrand of football sims going forward

    Electronic Arts is reviewing its licensing agreement with FIFA that lets it use the brand for its ultra-popular football games. FIFA, or Federation Internationale de Football Association, is the organisation that governs global football (or soccer, if you want), and it's also been the name of EA...

  • News FIFA 22 Goes Full Anime with Pricey Premium Cosmetics

    Weeb Wanderers

    The theme, bizarrely, for the first season of FIFA 22 is neo-future sci-fi, and EA Sports has marked the occasion with a round of premium cosmetics, available from the release’s in-game store. Purchasable with Coins or FIFA Points, these unusual customisation items even have their own story, centring on a character called Mirai and...

  • News FIFA 22's PS5, PS4 Launch Trailer Must Have Cost a Fortune

    David Beckham! Zinedine Zidane! Ryan Reynolds?

    There’s star-studded, and then there’s this FIFA 22 launch trailer. Holy heck, EA Sports has seriously flashed the cheque book here: there are appearances from England legend David Beckham, French midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane, the Champions League winning Chelsea squad, and cover star Kylian...

  • Hands On FIFA 22 Feels Like Real Football for Once

    Balled over

    As far as this author is concerned, FIFA has never felt quite right. For a franchise sold as a soccer simulator, there’s a case for EA Sports getting done under the trade descriptions act – it’s never really resembled real football, more an analogue of the sport like the distinctly arcade Rocket League. But based on over six hours...

  • News FIFA 22's Intro Sequence Is Unexpectedly Awesome

    French connection

    FIFA 22’s opening salvo is surprising, star-studded, and awesomely unexpected. It starts out in Paris, with David Beckham enjoying a coffee in a glitzy hotel. The scene then switches to a room on a lower floor, where you choose your avatar after being contacted by French freestyler Lisa Zimouche. The game then goes on to teach...

  • News FIFA 22's Soundtrack Has 122 Songs, Over Six Hours of Music

    Artists from over 27 countries

    FIFA 22’s soundtrack is the largest in the series’ history, packing 122 songs and over six hours of music across all of its main modes. EA Sports has selected artists from over 27 countries, and it promises that the playlist represents a number of cultures, establishing the football franchise as the “world’s...

  • News FIFA 22 Player Ratings Revealed, and Messi's Still Top of the League as Ronaldo Gets Docked a Point

    The top 22

    EA Sports has revealed the top 22 players in FIFA 22 (see what they did there?) as per this year's player ratings. All of the in-game stats are based on The Ratings Collective, which is a football scouting network, but there's no doubt that the rankings will spark a lot of discussion — as they do every year. So, who's top of the pile?...

  • News Cristiano Ronaldo, Jack Grealish Among the Ones to Watch in FIFA 22's Ultimate Team

    Twitter transfer sensation Fabrizio Romano makes trailer

    Returning Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo and new Manchester City recruit Jack Grealish are among the Ones to Watch in FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team. The Portuguese and English stars will be joined by Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konaté, and Real Madrid’s David...

  • News FIFA 22 Will Make Goals Feel Better Than Ever on PS5

    Haptic feedback being enhanced

    EA Sports is ramping up support for PlayStation 5’s innovative DualSense controller in FIFA 22, building on the concepts it introduced with the series’ inaugural next-gen outing last year. This time it’ll be leveraging haptic feedback to mimic the sensation of the ball hitting the net when you score a goal,...

  • News FIFA 22's Volta Football Is All About Tekkers, Adds Arcade Minigames

    Flair enough

    EA Sports is unlikely to ever revisit its Street series, so it’s important that it continues to invest in modes like Volta Football and The Yard in FIFA 22 and Madden NFL 22 respectively. We’re already fairly happy with what we’ve played of the latter, but now it’s time to turn our attention to the publisher’s flagship soccer...

  • News FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Tries to Make Mode More Appealing to Everyone

    Progression reinvented

    FIFA 22 will, of course, plot the return of the franchise’s most popular mode, Ultimate Team. While the feature set remains familiar, however, EA Sports is putting progression under the knife, as it seeks to make the game more rewarding to players of all skill levels. Division Rivals, for example, now operates using a...

  • News FIFA 22 Refreshes Player Career, Adds Dressing Room Atmosphere

    Also, Create a Club returns

    With major sports games like NBA 2K22 and MLB The Show 21 all focusing heavily on Player Career modes, it’s no surprise to see EA Sports bolster that feature in FIFA 22. An extensive Pitch Notes blog post delves into the details of this year’s Career experience, with plenty of thoughtful additions to the flagship...

  • News FIFA 22 Trailer Latches on to Buzzwords, Shows New PS5 Gameplay

    It's all about HyperMotion again

    We all know EA Sports loves a good buzzword, but FIFA 22’s advancements in motion capture – HyperMotion, as the publisher’s named it – does look to be a game changer. The functionality is exclusive to the next-gen version, and utilises Machine Learning based on a real-world match of football to completely...

  • News Alex Scott Becomes First Female Broadcast Voice in FIFA 22

    Lee Dixon axed

    Former Arsenal and England footballer Alex Scott’s meteoric rise as a pundit has seen her land a job in FIFA 22, where she’ll appear as a side-line reporter digging into events occurring off-screen. The broadcaster – who’ll become the first ever female voice in the franchise – will fulfil Alan McInally’s role, providing...

  • News FIFA 22 Showcases First Snippets of PS5's New HyperMotion Gameplay

    Plenty of potential, for sure

    EA’s ongoing Spotlight series – a kind of precursor to the upcoming EA Play Live press conference later this week – has showcased the first snippets of raw FIFA 22 gameplay, utilising the new HyperMotion technology the publisher has been boasting about. There are a lot of buzzwords at play here – includin

  • News FIFA 22 Will Allow You to Create Your Own Club in Career Mode

    Push Square FC targeting the Champions League

    FIFA 22 will finally allow you to create your own football club in Career mode, according to a press release shared by EA Sports. While the correspondence is light on details, it teases an “all-new Create a Club experience”. Presumably, this will enable you to design the kit and logo of your squad,...

  • News FIFA 22 PS4 to PS5 Upgrade Locked Behind £90 Ultimate Edition

    No free upgrade this year

    There will be no free PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 upgrade for FIFA 22, EA Sports has confirmed. This means that if you buy the PS4 version with the expectation of eventually upgrading to the PS5 version free of charge, then you're out of luck. You'll have to buy the game again on PS5, unless you pay more for the Ultimate...

  • News FIFA 22 Sure Is Talking a Big Game on PS5

    Machine learning writes new animations in real-time

    You’ll be familiar with the cycle by now: EA Sports announces a new FIFA with a bunch of ambitious and eye-catching buzzwords, then the game releases and the community lambasts it. HyperMotion Technology is the latest marketing term coined by the juggernaut publisher for FIFA 22, and as usual, on...

  • News FIFA 22 Officially Revealed, and It's All About HyperMotion Gameplay Technology

    EA Sports aiming for realism

    EA Sports has pulled back the curtain on FIFA 22 with a predictably vague trailer — but the gist of it is that this year's instalment is powered by 'HyperMotion Technology'. Supposedly, this new tech allows EA Sports to create more lifelike gameplay through realistic animations and player interactions. The developer's...

  • News FIFA 22 Reveal Happening This Weekend, Mbappé Back on the Cover

    Get in?

    FIFA 22 will be officially revealed this weekend, EA Sports has confirmed. The annual soccer sim will debut on YouTube at 4:30PM BST / 5:30PM CEST on the 11th July — just hours before Italy take on England in the Euro 2020 final. A big day for footy fans, then. And to the surprise of no one, this year's cover will once again feature...

  • News FIFA 21 Immortalises Murdered Player Kiyan Prince on 15th Anniversary of His Death

    QPR youth player now part of the game

    Murdered Queens Park Rangers youth player Kiyan Prince has been immortalised in FIFA 21 on the 15th anniversary of his death. He was tragically stabbed at the age of 15 while trying to break up a fight at school. Now, EA has added Prince to the QPR squad in FIFA 21 as a 30-year-old player — the age he would be...

  • News FIFA 21 Will Be Added to EA Play Next Week

    Kick off

    EA Play, EA's subscription service that PlayStation players can sign up for, is adding FIFA 21 to its catalogue of games next week. From the 6th May, subscribers will be able to download and play the robust football sim on PS5 and PS4 at no extra cost. On PS5 in particular, FIFA 21 is worth a shot — it's easily the best looking soccer...

  • News Fly Your Fanboy Colours with FIFA 21's PlayStation FC Kit

    Play has no limits

    You can now swear your allegiance to PlayStation FC with an exclusive kit available in FIFA 21. To be fair, given the overall state of some of the uniforms in EA Sports’ soccer sim, this is well worth copping – especially as it’ll only cost you fodder from your Ultimate Team inventory. You’ll need to complete a single...

  • News What Would the Super League Mean for FIFA 22?

    Plans crumble as all six Premier League sides withdraw

    Update: With all six Premier League clubs withdrawing from the Super League this evening, following strong criticism from fans, media, and even the British government, we anticipate EA Sports will be sleeping much more soundly this evening. Original Story: Football has been rocked to its core...

  • News NHL 21 Puckers Up to EA Play from 12th April, FIFA 21 Wins As One in May

    Through on goal

    As previously promised, ice hockey sim NHL 21 will pucker up to EA Play starting 12th April, meaning subscribers will be able to download the full game as part of their membership. The title had been available as a free 10 hour trial on the service, but now you’ll be able to play for as long as you like – assuming your...

  • News #EAGate Investigation Uncovers 'Questionable Activity' in FIFA 21's Ultimate Team

    FUT off

    EA Sports has released a longer, updated statement outlining the ongoing #EAGate scandal that has rocked the FIFA 21 community. You may recall earlier in the week, the publisher said it was investigating social media claims which appeared to insinuate that an employee had sold some of the rarest cards in the Ultimate Team mode for €1,0

  • News #EAGate Erupts as FIFA 21 Employee Is Alleged to Have Sold FUT Cards for €1,000s

    Own goal

    FIFA 21’s controversial Ultimate Team mode is already in hot water with various governments around the world, but now its most dedicated community is up in arms as a scandal has erupted on social media today. EA Sports has already issued a strong statement in an attempt to calm tensions, after it was alleged that an employee sold some of...

  • News Free FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Packs for Anyone Who's Logged In

    Pack it up

    EA Sports must be feeling generous this week, because it’s giving away free FIFA 21 Ultimate Team packs to anyone who’s logged into the game since its launch last year. Your reward will depend on your engagement, with goodies ranging from a Jumbo Premium Gold Pack all the way up to an Ultimate Pack; you’ll need to have played on at...

  • Soapbox How I Hustled My Way Out of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team's Division 9

    Born again winner

    Since breaking my Madden NFL 21 duck earlier in the year, I’ve traded handegg for football, because I paid full-price for FIFA 21 at launch and I figured I should get my money’s worth. My relationship with EA Sports’ soccer simulation is a storied one: I lost countless lunchtimes to FIFA Football 2003 – the one with Roberto...

  • Soapbox We Need to Talk About FIFA 21 Ultimate Team's Unfathomably Crap Cosmetics

    Own goal

    Love it or loathe it, there’s unquestionably something cool about building a squad of superstars in FIFA 21’s uber-popular Ultimate Team mode. Sure, you’ll need to no-life the release in order to add the likes of Mbappe and Ronaldo to your roster, but even if you’re stuck with Raul Garcia and Andy Carroll upfront like this...

  • Random Actual Liverpool FC Footballer Diogo Jota Is Currently the Number 1 FIFA Player on PlayStation

    Diogoal

    Believe it or not, actual Liverpool FC attacking midfielder / centre forward Diogo Jota is currently the highest ranked FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Champions player on PlayStation platforms. The 24-year-old Portuguese has taken the weekend league by storm, running away with a record of 30 wins and zero losses. It's not uncommon for professional...

  • News FIFA 21 on PS5 Has Hair Worthy of a L'Oréal Commercial

    Hair hair

    Push Square Towers has been abuzz with excitable chatter all evening, as we marvel at FIFA 21’s next-gen follicle physics. The soccer simulation – which launched earlier than expected on the PlayStation 5 for existing PlayStation 4 owners – is a genuine visual feast on Sony’s new console, and those aforementioned luscious locks...

  • News FIFA 21 PS5 Upgrade Available Now, Looks Awesome

    Klopping great

    EA Sports has made the free PlayStation 5 upgrade for FIFA 21 available right now for most players ahead of its official launch tomorrow. Head on over to the PlayStation Store and you should be able to download the PS5 version if you own a digital copy of the game, or simply insert the PlayStation 4 disc into your system to grab the...

  • News FIFA 21 Rights Row Rumbles on as FIFPro, Agents Weigh In

    Top football body makes statement

    Update (26th November, 2020): The footballer rights row is showing no signs of slowing, with both FIFPro and agents like Mino Raiola joining the discussion. First, the response from FIFPro, embedded below: In light of recent media reports, FIFPro wishes to clarify the manner in which it obtains the image rights of...

  • News FIFA 21 Goes for Goal on PS5 with DualSense Support, Better Graphics, and More

    Top bins

    EA Sports has given us a little more insight into how FIFA 21 will be improved on PS5. Naturally, the game's going to look better than ever — in part thanks to a newly implemented lighting system, which should give stadiums a noticeable boost in realism. There are even new pre-match cinematics, like seeing fans funnel into the arena. We...