For the first time in the series, FIFA 23 will feature women’s club teams, with two leagues available at launch – the Barclays Women’s Super League in England, and Division 1 Arkema in France.
Both World Cup competitions will also feature in the game, with the men’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 coming as free post-launch updates.
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Cross-play will also be introduced for every 1v1 mode in the game, including FIFA Ultimate Team, Online Seasons and Online Friendlies. This will be generation-specific, meaning PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC players can play together, as can PS4 and Xbox One players.
EA said the HyperMotion animation system introduced in last year’s FIFA has been improved and it is now being dubbed HyperMotion2, with “over 600 authentic animations taken from millions of frames of advanced match capture”.
On the pitch, EA has promised a “new risk versus reward shooting mechanic” and a revamp of the way free kicks, penalties and corners are taken.
The new shooting mechanic lets players make more powerful shots that require more time to pull off, similar to the ‘Stunning Shot’ mechanic in eFootball.
Meanwhile, Ultimate Team mode will feature a redesigned chemistry system and a new mode called FUT Moments, which EA said is “scenario-based”.
Other new features confirmed include:
- a new HyperMotion2-powered dribbling animation system
- a machine-learning jockeying system
- new acceleration mechanics that see players reach their top speed at different rates
- updated physics when the ball hits players’ hands and feet
- improved net interaction physics
- a more realistic pitch which wears out as players slide on it
FIFA 23 will be the last EA game to sport the FIFA name before the licence expires and EA and FIFA go their separate ways.
In May, EA said it will begin “a new era in July 2023” with the introduction of the EA Sports FC series.
On the same day as EA’s announcement, FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated that FIFA would launch a rival game.
In a strongly worded statement, Infantino insisted that only games carrying its official license would be credible to fans of football.
“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,” he 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.”