With FIFA 23 coming to an end we will be witnessing a historic change in the EA Sports FIFA franchise.
With the FIFA federation and the EA corporation parting ways there is an end to what will be remembered as the greatest collaboration to create the biggest sporting video game series that we have ever seen.
A series that has shaped childhoods, created a strong and loyal fanbase that spans across the globe and memories that are cherished to this day.
With iconic music, legendary moments and hours upon hours of mesmerising gameplay behind us we are about to witness a new era of football gaming as the next edition of our favourite football video game will be created as EA Sports FC.
Here we break down everything we know about the latest title, what we can expect from EA Sports FC and more down below.
When will EA Sports FC 24 be released?
EA Sports FC 24 is expected to follow the typical release window of late September to early October, considering the ongoing FIFA 23 cycle.
Fans can anticipate the new game to be launched within this timeframe, continuing the tradition of previous FIFA titles.
Rumoured dates for the Pre-order release is September 22nd and Full Release is September 29th.
When will FIFA 24 be released?
Based on FIFA President Gianni Infantino's press release and the absence of any announcement regarding a new development partner, it appears that there won't be a FIFA 24 title released.
However, there are hints of a FIFA 25 in the future, as mentioned by the FIFA President, although specific details are currently unavailable.
Why will the game be called EA Sports FC 24 rather than FIFA 24?
Following the conclusion of FIFA and EA's long-standing partnership, Electronic Arts no longer possesses the rights to the FIFA name.
To continue creating the greatest football video game we've come to cherish, EA will release it under their own title as EA Sports FC 24, departing from the familiar FIFA branding.
What licences will EA Sports FC 24 have?
EA Sports has already managed to retain individual league and club licences outside of the FIFA mandates.
While they may no longer be able to make a dedicated World Cup mode there are plenty of other leagues and federations that have made deals with EA.
With EA’s official statement being that the game will be "built on a foundation of inclusivity and innovation, fans will experience unrivalled authenticity with access to more than 19,000 fully licensed players, 700 teams, and 30 leagues, with the support of over 300 global football partners that will allow further expansion into areas including both women’s and grassroots football."
This indicates that we should be seeing a lot of familiar competitions in EA FC 24.
Some of the licences that EA Sports FC will have are:
- UEFA Licence: This will permit them to make content with the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League
- Women’s Champions League
- CONMEBOL Libertadores
- CONMEBOL Sudamericana
- Serie A
- Premier League
- Ligue 1
- Argentina Primera
- Scottish Premiership
- Liga Portugal
- K League
- Romanian Super League
- D1 Arkema
- Barclay’s Women’s Super League
The new partnered leagues announced at the EA Sports FC reveal in Amsterdam were:
- Google Pixel Frauen-Bundesliga
- Spanish Liga F
A multi-year exclusive partnership was also announced with the Premier League.
There are other individual club’s that may have licensed with other titles such as Pro Evo but EA Sports FC has also signed agreements with individual clubs to stay ahead of the competition.
Will EA Sports FC have Ultimate Team?
Ultimate Team remains FIFA's most popular mode, offering complex and engaging gameplay for their large fanbase.
EA Sports FC will undoubtedly feature Ultimate Team, allowing players to build their ultimate collection of cards and play with people online.
How will losing the FIFA licence impact EA Sports FC 24?
The loss of the FIFA License should not be taken lightly as it is a major loss for EA Sports FC 24.
The game will not feature tournaments and content from official FIFA tournaments.
International competitions and in game content will be restricted to the league and federation licences that EA Sports FC 24 will procure.
It’s not all doom and gloom with this as EA Sports FC 24 will still maintain the rights to all players registered with FIFPro.
It is a separate licence which will allow them to use player likenesses as mentioned in their statement before.
What game modes will EA Sports FC 24 have?
With the loss of the FIFA licence also comes some creative freedom.
While EA Sports FC hasn’t had any announcements about new game modes and ideas there will be some exciting new things to look out for in the new game.
There are rumoured changes being suggested to existing game modes which shall be featured such as:
- Career Mode
- Ultimate Team
- Pro Clubs
With these being the backbone of the FIFA experience there is still a chance of more game modes might be created and cross game mode progression might make it’s way to EA Sports FC 24.
There was one new game mode announce during the reveal on July 13th that is: FC Pro.
FC Pro will be EA Sports FC's standalone game mode that will be a central hub for all competitive competitions within the game. This will allow for a single global player pool that will work it's way towards the EA Sports FC World Championships
Other game platforms announced for EA Sports FC 24 were:
- FC Mobile: A new iteration of playing football games on mobile phones
- FC Tactical: An new game mode introduced for FC Mobile that will feature a brand new turn based football game
What new features will EA Sports FC 24 have?
Here are all the new features announced at the EA Sports FC reveal on July 24th:
- Hypermotion V. The successor to the current game physics engine Hypermotion 2 should create a smoother gameplay experience
- Hypermotion V employs the use of Volumetric Capture instead of the traditional Motion Capture to bring us player animations created form real life professional games in top flight competitions
- 80+ new animations with 590+ Million frames captured to make this the most fluid and realistic game till date
- Frostbite Engine overhaul with EA Sports SAPIEN body te3chnology that is 10x more precise with body forms and GPU Cloth that makes player kits to respond to their motions and move with it.
- The introduction of Women’s Football within Ultimate Team and being able to play with Men and Women in the same squad
- Player Evolutions allows us to upgrade player stats and their card throughout the year by playing and completing objectives in Ultimate Team
- PlayStyles are created by a collaborative effort between EA Sports FC and Opta using their 25+ years of football analytical data to create signature playstyles to reflect player's IRL performances
- A revamped scouting system in Career mode allowing for a more robust Youth Team development
- Spectate mode in Career Mode
- Cross platform play in Pro Clubs
This is just the tip of the iceberg with more news to come as we get close to the game's official release.
There is still so much that we don’t know and the possibilities are limitless with EA Sports FC and the new direction the company is taking the game into. With the game launch and gameplay deep dive being right around the corner stay tuned on FUT.GG’s News page as we keep you up to date on all the latest EA Sports FC 24 news as it comes out.