After FIFA 23, the FIFA series will close and be rebranded as EA Sports FC, ending the franchise after 28 years.
In October, FIFA stated that it would terminate its exclusive licensing agreement with EA. At the time, FIFA said it would adopt a fresh commercial positioning in gaming and eSports, which came shortly after reports showed that FIFA was asking EA for $1 billion to extend its licensing agreement for another four years.
EA appeared to be irritated with the price tag, with CEO Andrew Wilson claiming that FIFA was lowering its ambitions. Other executives implied that the FIFA franchise was likely for a rebranding, with Jeff Grubb, the company''s leading contender for the new name.
FIFA and EA were completing their exclusive licensing agreement after FIFA 23. Starting in 2024, the FIFA series will be rebranded as EA Sports Football Club or FC for short.
"After nearly 30 years of creating genre-defining interactive football experiences, we will soon be in a new era," said Weber. "EA SPORTS FC will continue to become the future of football from EA SPORTS. Alongside our 300+ license partners across the sport, they were eager to develop global football experiences to new heights, for all football enthusiasts around the world."
EA Sports FC will have the same "modes, leagues, tournaments, and athletes" as the FIFA series, including "Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, and VOLTA Football." EA is reportedly developing a license program with individual football organizations, expanding a portfolio of "19,000+ players, 700+ teams, 100+ stadiums, and 30 leagues."
FIFA 23 will be the "most expansive game ever" with "more features, game modes, World Cup content, clubs, leagues, competitions, and players than any FIFA title before." After that, FIFA will presumably begin discussing license agreements with other developers.
FIFA 22 will begin crossplay testing in the near future, indicating one of the key features expected in FIFA 23.