With FIFA itself making the announcement
, confirming that is has "granted a new short-term extension to existing publisher EA SPORTS to launch a new FIFA 23 title later this year". This follows on from reports and announcements made last year
where it became clear that the relationship between the two companies had soured.
And with that what would have been EA's FIFA 24 will become the first game in the new EA SPORTS FC series next year. Which will be the FIFA we all know, with a new name. All other licenses and modes will remain in tact, as per an update
from Cam Weber, EVP, Group GM EA SPORTS & Racing. Which also doubles as a response to FIFA's announcement.
EA SPORTS FC will become the future of football from EA SPORTS. Alongside our 300+ license partners across the sport, we’re ready to take global football experiences to new heights, on behalf of all football fans around the world.
Everything you love about our games will be part of EA SPORTS FC – the same great experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes will be there. Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs and VOLTA Football will all be there. Our unique licensing portfolio of more than 19,000+ players, 700+ teams, 100+ stadiums and 30 leagues that we’ve continued to invest in for decades will still be there, uniquely in EA SPORTS FC. That includes exclusive partnerships with the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, the MLS – and more to come.
EA plans to "innovate, create and evolve" the series under the new naming, and will share more detail on its vision going forward in the coming months. With Cam Weber adding that the studio is set to deliver the "most expansive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA, for one more year" with FIFA 23.
Again, it doesn't sound like the relationship between FIFA and EA is ending on good terms, as FIFA is looking to create its own games to carry the name forward.
"I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans," Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, said. "The FIFA name is the only global, original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26, and so on - the constant is the FIFA name and it will remain forever and remain THE BEST."
And yeah, the caps were included in the announcement. Which also notes that FIFA is working with "leading game publishers, media companies and investors" to create a new FIFA branded simulation football game for 2024. It also has a number of non simulation games in development to coincide with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 later this year.