Ultimate Team, license, cross-play … the point of news and big rumors

Expected by the end of September, FIFA 23 will be its last call before the move to EA Sports FC. Even though very little information has been released so far, many sources agree on the new content and new features to come.

This has been confirmed for a long time: FIFA 23 that was the last FIFA. After that, you should get used to talking about EA Sports FC, the new name chosen by Electronic Arts after its decision not to renew the FIFA license.

As every year, the flagship video game of football, which continues to dominate industry sales, should be available by the last week of September on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. Also, early access should be provided to owners of the most expensive version of the game and subscribers to the EA Play service. Meanwhile, a lot of rumors and some proven information are circulating here and there on the web. More than three months before the release, RMC Sport is stocking the latest buzz.

· Lots of work on the Ultimate Team

Two big upsets are expected for EA’s goose, which is Ultimate Team mode. On the one hand, it is no longer possible to change the positions of players with dedicated cards. Each player already has a primary position and another secondary, in an unchanging manner. History has never seen N’Golo Kanté in the attack.

On the other hand, the system of “chemistry”, which is required to align players with common points (championship, nationality, club), needs to be thoroughly examined. There should be no more green or red links between players. The new device will operate with a limit of stars (three) not exceeded. This will open up the possibilities of making eleven.

New Icon cards, to pay tribute to the “greatest of all time”, were discussed. Last I heard, we have to trust: Harry Kewell, Zico, Gabriel Batistuta, Yaya Touré, Rafael Marquez, Claudio Marchisio, Diego Forlan, Diego Simeone, Dirk Kuyt, Joan Capdevilla, John Arne Riise, Lucio, Park Ji-Sung and Peter Pagduko .

Little information on career mode

Right now, the main rumor for the other game modes is Solo Career, which has new customization options and a stadium editor with advanced features (to change the look in enclosure, scoreboards and capacity).

To return to Juve and add to the women’s championships

Renamed Piemonte Calcio for a rights issue, Juventus will obviously make a comeback with the real name, the real logo, the real shirt. On the other hand, it is over for J-League (Japan) and Liga MX (Mexico) clubs. The two championships are already exclusive competitors eFootball from Konami. Some players like Florian Thauvin or André-Pierre Gignac may even be there, if EA Sports decides to make fictional teams.

Women’s championships can be added, according to several sources: the FA Women’s Super League (England), the Frauen-Bundesliga (Germany), the National Women’s Soccer League (United States), D1 Arkema (France). Since 2015, FIFA has contented itself with adding more women’s options and introduced the possibility to play as a player in Club Pro mode.

The 2022 Men’s World Cup is there, as confirmed by Electronic Arts. All qualifying countries can play.

The arrival of cross-play seems to have taken off

This potential innovation is undoubtedly the most important. FIFA 23, in part or in general, can be “cross-played”. That is, a PlayStation 5 player will be able to play an online game against an Xbox Series player (or even an Xbox One player against an Xbox Series player, which is not possible today).

The tests have already been done on FIFA 22. If it is proven for FIFA 23 (well -informed sources speak positively), it is no longer necessary, for example, to consult with friends to buy the same console. In these times of stock tensions on new-generation consoles, it’s a god.

It remains to be seen if the EA Sports project will only relate to classic matches, between friends or strangers, or if cross-play is also planned for Ultimate Team and Club Pro. For the Ultimate Team, the lucrative card market can be tremendous. This can further improve transactions.

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