*UPDATED* FIFA 23 latest news, release date and more
FIFA 23 is coming - and we've got everything you need to know right here
It comes after months of speculation that EA would rename the series ‘EA Sports FC’ from 2023 onwards after parting ways with FIFA earlier this year. It is official this will be the last FIFA made by EA, unless something changes.
Dubbed ‘the World’s game’, FIFA 23 will feature upgraded physics, graphics, and for the first time, women’s club football integration, including a playable women’s FIFA World Cup.
There have also been some pretty significant changes to the game itself – with a new iteration of EA’s HyperMotion – called HyperMotion 2 – making an appearance.
This allows for far more detailed and realistic movement, which we go into detail about further down the article, thanks to state-of-of-art motion capture software.
Elsewhere, FIFA 23 Career Mode has seen a number of new features introduced, including the ability to play as real-life managers such as Pep Guardiola, improved menus and a new Transfer Analyst, which provides insight into your negotiation skills.
Meanwhile, in Ultimate Team, the market sees arguably the biggest shake up in years, with the announcement the Xbox and PS markets will now be shared across platforms – not separate.
The Nintendo Switch and PC markets will remain separate.
But it hasn’t all been positive news. The FIFA Pro Clubs community yet again claims their beloved mode is not receiving the attention it deserves this year, after EA confirmed Pro Clubs would not feature crossplay support in FIFA 23.
The company claims this is due to it being ‘more complex‘ to execute when there are multiple players involved.
There will be a total of 19,000+ players, 700+ teams, 100 stadiums, and 30+ leagues in FIFA 23 – with, rightly, a greater emphasis on the women’s game than ever before.
So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 23.
FIFA 23 latest news – an early challenge from Konami
EA will face an early challenge from Konami this month, who revealed they’ll be launching an update to eFootball 2022 – morphing the game into eFootball 2023, the Japanese publisher has confirmed.
Rather than a new game, Konami will be updating the existing game with a load of new assets and, we hope, improved graphics.
“We will continue collecting as much feedback from our esteemed users as possible, and will keep improving and implementing new features to make the game even more enjoyable for even more football fans,” Konami said on their Twitter account.
This is an interesting move. A few years ago, both ‘PES’ and FIFA would land around the same time. However, since PES went free to play, the game tends to launch before EA’s offering.
Konami will have a few weeks to steal a march on FIFA and win over some fans – perhaps those who haven’t yet had a chance to play the FIFA 23 beta.
FIFA 23 – Career Mode changes are coming but not as many as we’d like
On August 1, EA revealed a host of new changes coming to FIFA 23 Career Mode. Some of the changes focus on UI improvements, minimal but welcome, but there are also larger changes designed to draw gamers deeper into the world. For a more detailed look at all the features coming to FIFA 23 Career Mode, please click here
The main new FIFA 23 Career Mode features are:
- Player Career personality
- Playable highlights
- A new, revamped menu
- Dynamic moments
- New transfer window evaluation
In general, the announcement was well received by fans, however some were still left disappointed.
Prior to the Career Mode deep dive, EA delved into their new Hypermotion 2 game engine and crossplay. FIFA 23, as we’ll see lateer, offers full crossplay support over a number of modes, but Pro Clubs isn’t supported.
The news led to fans writing a public letter to EA, posted on Reddit, calling for EA to add cross play to FIFA 23 Pro Clubs. EA responded, via Delaney Leatherdale, Pro Clubs Producer at EA, who said the reason why there is no crossplay support for the mode in FIFA 23 is there is ‘added complexity’ as there are multiple players involved. The full story can be read here.
FIFA 23 Ultimate Team – cross-market for the first time
In line with news that FIFA 23 will see expanded crossplay, EA confirmed the FUT Transfer Market will be extended to include cross-platform functionality.
That means, with the exception of PC and Switch, the FUT market will be shared across the following platforms.
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
The PC and Switch markets will operate the same way as they did in the previous games.
FIFA 23 pre order, pre order bonus & early access
With FIFA 23 arriving on September 30th, 2022, many have already flocked to pre order their copy of the game.
The release date itself is not surprising – it is normal for FIFA to release is around the end of September/the start of October. FIFA 22, for example, was fully launched on Friday 1st, October 2021.
FIFA 23 pre order editions and bonuses
Here are the different pre-order editions and bonuses that come with the FIFA 23. Our view is that if you’re going to get the game anyway, pre-ordering certainly gives you a decent amount of bonus content.
It’s worth noting that, having looked at last year’s pricing, FIFA 23 appears to be a little bit more expensive. Retailers will have an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) but it’s not uncommon to see better deals closer to launch. These deals tend to be focused on the Standard Edition and the last-gen versions of the game, but with so many retailers vying for attention, it may well play out in the buyers favour.
FIFA 23 Standard Edition PS4 & Xbox One (£69.99)
- FUT Team of the Week 1 Player item
- Kylian Mbappé Loan item
- FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
- Career Mode Homegrown Talent
FIFA 23 Standard Edition PS5 & Xbox One X|S (£69.99)
- Team of the Week 1 Player item
- Kylian Mbappé Loan 5 item
- FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick for 3 Matches
- Career Mode Homegrown Talent
FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition on PS5 and Xbox One X|S / PS4 and Xbox One £89.99)
- Limited Time Offer – FIFA World Cup FUT Heroes Player item at November 11
- Ones to Watch Player item from September 30
- 3 Days Early Access
- Dual Entitlement – free PlayStation 5 upgrade
- 4600 FIFA Points
- Team of the Week 1 Player item
- Kylian Mbappé Loan item
- FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
- Career Mode Homegrown Talent
Last year’s pricing for reference:
- FIFA 22 Legacy Edition on Nintendo Switch Price: £34.99 / $39.99
- FIFA 22 Standard Edition on PC Price: £54.99/ $59.99
- FIFA 22 Standard Edition on PS4 and Xbox One Price: £59.99 / $59.99
- FIFA 22 Standard Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Price: £69.99 / $69.99
- FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition on PlayStation / Xbox consoles, featuring Dual Entitlement, Price: £89.99 / $99.99
FIFA 23 gameplay changes
One of the biggest gameplay changes will be the introduction of HyperMotion 2 – as a result of improved motion capture techniques.
HyperMotion2 will help each player feel completely individual and aims to capture player’s individual flair and style.
Elsewhere, there also a brand new power shot – which plays on risk versus reward scenarios. They are hard to master, but lead to spectacular goals if you do.
“For me, when you actually score these goals it feels so rewarding because you earned it,” Kantcho Doskov, design director on FIFA gameplay, told media at a FIFA 23 presentation. “You aimed well, you carved out this space. They feel fantastic.”
To do a power shot in FIFA 23, simply hold down L1 / R1 / LB / RB and then press shoot. You then aim where you want to shoot – so it’s all manually controlled.
We will also see the introduction of new rules in FIFA 23. For the first time, we will now see 5 subs, instead of three. This change has been introduced after becoming standard in football since the pandemic.
On Friday the 5th of August FIFA 23 will reveal their new match day experience for the new game. We are currently unsure on what to expect, but make sure you tune into the trailer here at 4:00pm BST.
FIFA 23 Closed beta – will we see a second wave?
The closed beta is officially open and people received codes on the 11th of August. The beta is set to run until the 1st of September as expected.
There are rumours there could be a second wave of invites sent out at the end of the month – as per last year – but these have not been confirmed.
It is very unlikely there will be an open beta or demo this year.
EA send a code via email, which is then redeemed. This then gives you early access before the full game launches.
Some important things to know about the beta as EA states on their website:
- EA advisors can’t give you a code if you don’t get one.
- The code is just for you and it can’t be transferred to another account or shared with another player.
- Progress does not carry over to the full game.
- The Beta is only available to players in the United States and the United Kingdom. There may be some exceptions to this, based on certain feedback EA is looking to get.
- An online connection and an active subscription to Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus is required to play
- You won’t be able to livestream any of the beta gameplay – if you do, you risk a strike and will be banned from future FIFA opportunities. This is because the quality will not yet be finished, and so it does not reflect the full game
How do I sign up for the FIFA 23 Closed beta
In order to have received the beta you need to be opted in to FIFA and EA emails. However the beta codes have already been sent out, so make sure you check your email just in case you already have a code.
Go to the this page and make sure to allow EA to ’email me about EA news, products, events and promotions’. It may be too late to get on this years beta, as it has already ended, but at least you will be ready for next years.
Some media claim that EA picks the most active players, but there is likely going to be other eligibility criteria too.
FIFA 23 Pro Clubs news
FIFA 23 Pro Clubs still has an enormous following – but it seems as though the mode is being overlooked in favour of Ultimate Team.
While EA has confirmed the game will be cross play in some modes, Pro Clubs will not be supporting the feature, which has angered the FIFA Pro Clubs community.
In a statement directed to EA, a leader in the Pro Clubs community claims EA is ‘out of touch’ with players and doesn’t ‘understand what players want’. EA responded saying the incorporating the mode into the crossplay portfolio is complex, but they did not rule it out.
During the official Pro Clubs reveal we got to see more of what we can expect this year. There will more variety for drop-in matches with the stadiums and kits changing. Drop-in matches will also be shorter now, with only 4 minute halves.
There are also now mini-games to compete in while you wait for the rest of your teammates to get online. The results from these mini-games will be kept in a leaderboard, providing a bit of healthy competition. Progress will also be shared between your Pro-Clubs player and Volta player, while levelling has also been changed.
FIFA 23 Cover Star – an iconic moment for Women’s Football
Sam Kerr has become the first female cover star in FIFA history. The Australian will be joining Mbappé, who is set to make his third appearance as the cover star, on the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 23.
Mbappé and Kerr were also revealed as solo cover stars for the standard edition of FIFA 23. It’s a historic moment for the former, who becomes the first person to have a solo cover 3 times in a row.
Will FIFA 23 be cross platform?
Yes – the majority of the game supports cross platform gameplay, or as EA calls it, cross play.
Here’s what they say in the FIFA 23 pitch notes: “Following the cross-play test in FIFA 22 to Online Friendlies and Online Seasons, we’re expanding on the availability of cross-play to more game modes for FIFA 23, as well as increasing the number of included platforms.
“In FIFA 23, cross-play will be available for players on the same platform generation. PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC versions of FIFA 23 will be cross-play compatible with one another, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 23 will be cross-play compatible with one another.
“In FIFA 23, cross-play will be available at launch in FUT Division Rivals (except Co-Op), FUT Champions, FUT Ultimate Online Draft, FUT Online Friendlies (except Co-Op), FUT Play a Friend, Online Friendlies, Online Seasons (except Co-Op Seasons) and the Virtual Bundesliga competitive game mode that is available to players based in Germany.
“Cross-play is initially enabled for all players when launching FIFA 23 for the first time, provided the platform level settings allow for it, and it can be opted out of at any time (more on that later in this article).
“We want to ensure our product innovation is delivered at quality, and because of the technical intricacies of implementing cross-play, modes that pair players together such as Pro Clubs will not feature cross-play at this time. We see our community’s feedback, and any potential cross-play updates, changes, and adjustments will be shared on @EAFIFADirect as they become available.”
Will FIFA 23 have VAR?
This is unlikely – as there have been no leaks or rumors around this, it also hasn’t featured in any promotional footage. However, it is a feature that many fans want to see in the game.
There’s even been a change.org petition to get VAR put in the game.
Will FIFA 23 be on PS4?
Yes, the game is confirmed for the PS4 and Xbox One – although visually they may look slightly parred down compared to current gen. These versions of the game will also be lacking the HyperMotion2 technology.
What features will FIFA 23 Career Mode release with?
Career Mode is back in FIFA 23, with a few welcome new features. The halo feature is the ability to use real managers – either at their existing club, or at a club of your choosing.
Elsewhere, FIFA 23 Career Mode also see new and improved AI for the opposition team. In theory, the way this should work is your opposition will react to you and the way you’re playing. If they are a few goals behind, then they will bring on an extra forward to try and bridge the gap.
FIFA 23 will also introduce personalities in the player Career Mode. How you act and respond on the pitch will dictate your personality type. There will be three personalities in total. The three types are Mavericks, Virtuosos and Heartbeats. This can change as you progress.
A new improved menu is also arriving, with a clearer UI to get news from your Youth Academy and transfers more efficiently.
FIFA 23 is bringing new licensed leagues
EA is introducing even more licensed leagues to FIFA 23 than in the previous game,
Juventus have also been confirmed to be returning to the game after a pro-longed absence from the game. The return of The Old Lady is a welcome, and should hopefully add some extra authenticity to Serie A.
EA also stated the Russian National Team and Russian club sides will not feature in FIFA 23 after they were removed from FIFA 22 due to the invasion of the Ukraine.
While these are unconfirmed, leakers suggest several potential new leagues such as:
- National Women’s Soccer League (USA)
- Frauen-Bundesliga (Germany)
- Division 1 Feminine (France)
- FA Woman’s Super League
What new stadiums are in FIFA 23?
The big new addition though will be Juventus’ stadium, which has been missing from the game for quite some time due to their partnership with Konami.
Who will be the top-rated players in FIFA 23?
For the first time, in a very long time there is not stand out player in FIFA 23. 5 players in total are 91 rated and they’re the top five players in the game.
The top players in the game are as seen below, but the list is full of surprises. Lewandowski has had his stats harshly reduced, despite having a good season while Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema received a well deserved upgrade to take him up to a 91.
Another major surprise is Neymar Jr. being under a 90 rating for the first time since FIFA 16.
Is FIFA 23 going to be the last game?
Yes, this will be the last game called ‘FIFA’ – as both EA and FIFA will part ways after this game. It’ll likely be called EA FC next year.
It is still unclear what will happen with the FIFA license, but the FIFA president has already claimed that there future games “will be better than ever before”. So expect more on that in the future.
Will FIFA 23 have a World Cup mode?
Yes, it includes two officially-licensed World Cups for the first time. EA also confirmed the mode will be free and release post launch.
Both the World Cup Qatar 2022, which kicks off this November, and the Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023, will feature in FIFA 23.
In another welcome move, EA confirmed FIFA 23 features women’s clubs for the first time in the series – Women’s Super League and France’s Division 1 Féminine.
Will there be a FIFA 23 demo?
No, there will not be FIFA 23 demo. This is because EA opted to do a 10 hour-trial instead – which can be accessed via EA Play.
When might FIFA 23 player ratings be released?
Based on previous titles we suspect FIFA 23 player ratings could be released by the first week of September of this year.
Icons may be released beforehand but we won’t know for sure until the game is fully announced.
Will FIFA 22 be added to EA Play?
Yes, FIFA 22 was added to EA play on the 22nd of June, 2022.
As an EA Play member, you will be able to enjoy FIFA 22, no matter if you are on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. It always takes a long time for these games to be added, so we can expect FIFA 23 a very long time after release
FIFA 23 Web App
We can expect to see similar features from the FIFA 22 Web App but the basics will allow you to share your FIFA 23 FUT squad with friends. There may also be some early bonuses for those who use the app when it launches – which released on the 21st of September while the Companion App will be a day later.
FIFA 23 Icons – what do we know?
According to EA, the following players will feature as FIFA 23 FUT ICONS:
- Gerd Müller (Germany) – FUT Icon
- Xabi Alonso (Spain) – FUT Icon
- Jairzinho (Brazil) – FUT Icon
More Heroes will also be introcuded in FIFA 23 too. So far it looks like they will tie in to the World Cup special cards that FIFA will release. So far we know this includes;
The new players will be:
- Diego Forlan – 91 – as “Sunstrike”
- Lucio – 90 – as “The Thunder”
- Rafael Marquez – 89 – as “El Kaiser”
- Javier Mascherano – 89 – as “Octob-Boss”
- Yaya Toure – 89 -as “The Citadel”
- Landon Donovan – 88 – as “The Brave”
- Park Ji-Sung – 87 – as “Tigerheart”
- Cladio Marchioso – 88 – as “Il Prinicipino”
- Peter Crouch – 86 – as “The Robot”
- Tomas Brolin – 89 – as “The Tornado”
- Harry Kewell – 88 – as “The Wizard of Aus”
- Sidney Govou – 87 – as “The Lion of Lyon”
- Jean Pierre-Papin – 90 – as “The Acrobat”
- Dirk Kuyt – 88 – as “The Energizer”
- Rudi Völler – 91 – as “The Flying German”
- Hidetoshi Nakata – 88 – as “Stealth Agent 78”
- Jay-Jay Okocha – 89 – as “Double Take”
- Joan Capdevila – 88 – as “The Backfield Bull”
- Włodzimierz Smolarek – 88 – as “Phase Shift”
- Saeed Al-Owairan – 88 – as “The Emerald Falcon”
Now that we have all the Heroes we can also confirm the longstanding rumour that some of the Heroes in FIFA 23 are former Icons.
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