After nearly 30 years, EA’s flagship soccer series will ditch its FIFA branding starting next year.
From 2023 the new name will be FIFA EA Sports FC – but expect the game to remain otherwise unchanged, with the same wide range of club and player licenses, as well as all the usual game modes.
The much-anticipated move was confirmed via press release just ahead of EA’s annual financial meeting today.
“Everything you love about our games will be part of EA Sports FC – same great experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes,” wrote EA Sports manager Cam Weber. “Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs and Volta Football will all be there.
“Our unique license portfolio with over 19,000 players, over 700 teams, over 100 stadiums and 30 leagues, in which we have continuously invested for decades, will continue to exist, unique to EA Sports FC. This includes exclusive partnerships with the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, the MLS – and more to come.”
Today’s press release is flooded with enthusiastic quotes from the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, UEFA, Conmebol and Nike, all reaffirming their commitment to staying with EA on the name change.
So why change? Today EA announced that Sports FC will be a new “independent platform” offering opportunities for innovation and advancement. Exactly how remains to be seen.
But a New York Times report last year suggested