FIFA Will Continue to Release New Games Without EA’s Partnership

The FIFA organization plans to partner with other development teams and publishers to produce officially licensed FIFA games after the EA deal ends.

Once its deal with Electronic Arts comes to a close, the Fifa organization will partner with other developers and publishers to produce officially licensed games. this year’s FIFA 23 entry will mark the final title to release under the EA Sports FIFA umbrella. The publisher confirmed as much in a statement on Tuesday, May 10, telling soccer faithful that the end of the FIFA deal means the annually released sports games will bear the name of EA Sports FC come fall 2023.

EA’s and FIFA’s decades-long partnership began in the early 1990s with the advent of FIFA International Socceraka FIFA 94in late 1993. The lucrative sports series underwent a few rebranding changes before FIFA 06 reintroduced the franchise’s longest-running naming convention. despite FIFA’s Incredible commercial success year after year, reports of the two entities parting ways began making the rounds in 2021. Evidently, the companies were unable to reach a satisfactory agreement about future dealings, igniting somewhat of a dispute that led EA CEO Andrew Wilson to describe FIFA’s branding as an impediment to EA. Neither organization seems to believe it will suffer from the undoubtedly costly separation.

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After EA announced plans for the future of its soccer-related sports sim, the FIFA organization (via GamingBolt) released a statement to answer a fair few questions. For one, FIFA intends to align itself with other development teams and publishing partners to release non-sim and simulation games. Several non-simulation titles are currently in production and will become available on an unspecified date in Q3 2022, according to FIFA’s statement. The first of such projects should offer a “tailored gaming experience” featuring the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Additional titles and “virtual experiences” will hit the market around the time of this year’s World Cup. Furthermore, the organization is working through deals with other unnamed partners to produce new projects ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.



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Self-aggrandizing statements from FIFA President Gianni Infantino have also raised a few eyebrows. The administrator maintained that soccer games carrying the FIFA name will remain “THE BEST” on the market, despite EA Sports FC keeping development talent. Regardless, the competition should prove a boon for sports fans who want high-quality interactive experiences.

At the time of writing, Electronic Arts and FIFA have yet to unveil FIFA 23. the final Fifa-branded title from EA Sports will undoubtedly launch during the fall months, though, with concrete details more than likely scheduled to go live sometime this summer. Given the publisher’s cancellation of its usual EA Play Live event, there’s no word on when exactly said information will surface.


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Source: FIFA (via GamingBolt)

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