The FIFA 23 release date is fast approaching and soccer fans are eager to find out what EA has in store for them this year. Here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 23.
FIFA 23 will be EA Sports’ last FIFA-branded football game as they prepare to introduce EA Sports FC to the world next year.
So the expectations for FIFA 23 are high and after EA showcased the new features and additions awaiting players in Career mode, Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs, there is clearly one aspect to look forward to.
We’ll break down every new feature coming to FIFA 23, as well as the official release date, to better prepare you for an expansive final chapter.
Will FIFA 23 have crossplay?
FIFA 23 will have a cross-play feature for certain modes at launch. Crossplay in FIFA 23 will be limited to 1v1 modes when the game launches. This will primarily affect Ultimate Team gameplay as players on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC will be pitted against each other. Meanwhile, PS4 and Xbox One users will also be facing each other.
This also means that a large number of players will share a FUT market in FIFA. To learn more about the changes to the market, you can read our article explaining how the Ultimate Team market will work in FIFA 23.
Unfortunately, EA confirmed that there would be no cross-play feature for Pro Clubs mode. This angered gamers, and after a lot of backlash from the FIFA community, EA hinted that the feature might come to Pro Clubs after launch.
FIFA 23 Ultimate Team new features
FIFA 23 Ultimate Team fans are in for some big changes. For starters, stance modifiers as we know them will be removed from the game.
Instead, players will have secondary positions that reflect their real-life position changes. For example, Kyler Walker could operate with full chemistry at RB or CB.
Another big change coming to Ultimate Team mode is FIFA 23’s new chemistry system. Chemistry lines in your squad are a thing of the past in FIFA 23. You’ll know you have more freedom to build your squad with a less restrictive chemistry system. .
This system will take into account nations, leagues and clubs across the field to give players a chemistry rating between 0 and 3. Proximity is no longer a factor as Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold produce RB chemistry at LB.
Check out our guide on Ultimate Team’s new game mode called FUT Moments to see what to expect in FIFA 23.
FIFA 23 World Cup Modes
The World Cup mode added to FIFA 18 was a huge hit with players, and the community has been urging USA to revisit the feature for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
While we don’t currently know how many game modes will feature World Cup content, EA confirmed that there will be some involvement through the Ultimate Team mode.
It is understood that both the men’s and women’s versions of the World Cup will be held in FIFA 23, but we will have to wait and see what they have in store for players.
With the men’s tournament taking place in the winter of 2022 this time, and the women’s edition being in the summer of 2023, EA would have plenty of time to give both football festivals the proper treatment.
New and removed clubs from FIFA 23
Due to licensing agreements, it is not unusual to see clubs and leagues join and leave the FIFA franchise with each new release. Of late, certain Serie A licenses have been hard to come by with notable clubs Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta out of the game.
EA confirmed that Juventus will return to FIFA this year at full capacity, with Claudio Marchisio leading the way as a FUT Hero item available to Ultimate Team players.
While one association seems to be coming back on, another will end in FIFA 23 as reports claim the J-League will be removed from the game. If the reports are true, this would mark the end of a 6-year partnership between the Japanese league and EA Sports.
With a bunch of different licenses to take note of, it can be hard to keep track of which teams, leagues and stadiums will be involved in FIFA 23, but we’ve put together a guide to help you out.
FIFA 23 Gameplay Changes
In addition to the changes to the Pro Clubs and Career Mode offerings in FIFA 23, EA is also pleased to announce several changes to the game. These changes are meant to refresh the way the game feels on the field.
For starters, set pieces have been overhauled in FIFA 23, with penalties given a simplified mechanic. Set pieces also include free kicks and corners, which you’ll have to master once again this year.
One of the most entertaining ways to prove your prowess in FIFA is through skill moves, and in FIFA 23 there will be more to master than ever before. You can check out our guide to find out all the gameplay changes that are being introduced in FIFA 23.
For more information on the FIFA series, be sure to check out our guide on how to pre-order FIFA 23 with available editions, prices, and bonuses.
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