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

Scheduled for late September, FIFA 23 will be the last to be called that before the transition to EA Sports FC. Although very little information has been released at this time, multiple sources agree on new content and new features to come.

It has been confirmed for some time: fifa23 It will be the last FIFA. After this you will need get used to talking about EA Sports FCthe new name chosen by Electronic Arts after his decision not to renew his license with FIFA.

Like every year, the flagship soccer video game, which continues to dominate sales in the industry, should be available in the last week of September on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. In addition, early access should be granted to owners of the most expensive version of the game and to subscribers of the EA Play service. Meanwhile, many rumors and some proven information are circulating here and there on the web. Just over three months after launch, RMC Sport takes stock of the latest echoes.

· Great job in Ultimate Team

Two major changes are expected for the EA goose, namely the Ultimate Team mode. For one thing, it should no longer be possible to modify player positions with dedicated cards. Each player would now have a primary position and a secondary position, immutably. History of not seeing N’Golo Kanté in attack anymore.

On the other hand, the “chemistry” system, which required lining up players with common points (championship, nationality, club), should be completely overhauled. There should no longer be green or red links between players. The new device would work with a limit of stars (three) that should not be exceeded. This would open the possibilities of putting together an eleven.

New Icon cards are mentioned, to pay tribute to the “greatest of all time”. Last I heard, we must count: 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 Bend.

Little information about career mode.

For now, the main rumor for the rest of the game modes is Solo Career, with new customization options and a stadium editor with advanced functions (to change the appearance of the arena, the markers and the capacity).

Towards a return of Juve and the incorporation of women’s championships

Renamed Piemonte Calcio for a rights issue, Juventus will apparently return with its real name, its real logo, its real shirts. Instead, it’s over for clubs in the J-League (Japan) and Liga MX (Mexico). Both championships are now exclusive to competitors. electronic football by Konami. Some players like Florian Thauvin or André-Pierre Gignac could still be present, if EA Sports decides to create fictional teams.

Women’s championships could be added, according to various sources: FA Women’s Super League (England), Frauen-Bundesliga (Germany), National Women’s Soccer League (USA), D1 Arkema (France). Since 2015, FIFA had been content to add several women’s teams and introduce the possibility of playing as a footballer in the Club Pro mode.

The 2022 Men’s World Cup will be there, as confirmed electronic arts. Therefore, all qualified nations will be playable.

The arrival of cross-play seems acquired

This potential novelty is undoubtedly the most important. fifa23, in whole or in part, could be “crossplay”. That is, a PlayStation 5 player will be able to play an online match against an Xbox Series player (or even an Xbox One player against an Xbox Series player, which is not even possible today).

Tests have already been carried out in fifa22. If this is confirmed for fifa23 (well-informed sources speak affirmatively), it is no longer necessary, for example, to consult with friends to buy the same console. In these times of strained stocks for next-gen consoles, it’s a godsend.

It remains to be seen if the EA Sports project refers only to classic matches, between friends or strangers, or if cross-play for Ultimate Team and Club Pro is also contemplated. For Ultimate Team, the lucrative card market would become unique. This will further boost transactions.

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