It seems like the talks between FIFA and EA have gone on forever, with rumors popping up left-right-and-center, but now the confirmation is in and FIFA is no more. All that money you spent on building decks for Ultimate Team, all the tears and sweat you shed... gone.
Well... not entirely, EA will still be making FIFA games, but they'll have a new name. Will other things change? Well, that's what we're going to be looking at right here, right now.
FIFA And EA Officially Part Ways
May 10, 2022 is going to be remembered by FIFA fans for the rest of their lives. This is the day when they had to face the ugly truth and realize that their favorite game is being changed... forever.
Okay, enough dramatics, let's get to the juicy information of what actually happened and why EA and FIFA are parting ways with one another. Now before you go screaming at EA, this whole change isn't completely their fault. FIFA has made the naming rights and licences just way too expensive.
According to leakers, FIFA even wanted to double the licence cost for the name and that's where EA had enough and decided that they did not need the name FIFA anymore, having built an iconic football game like no other. With over 150 million fans playing their game, they figured it was time to let go of the name FIFA and enter the scene with a new one — EA Sports FC.
When Will EAs FIFA End?
FIFA 23 is still going to release next October or November as is usual for the FIFA series. The current agreement between the FIFA and Electronic Arts is until summer of 2023 during the Women's World Cup.
So, this could mean that you should definitely get FIFA 23, since it'll be the last time you can get any FIFA game from Electronic Arts. If you keep it wrapped and secure, you could probably re-sell it in the future for millions of dollars as well...
Will Anything Change For EA Sports FC? What About Ultimate Team?
Cam Weber, Executive Vice President of EA Sports & Racing, explained that EA Sports FC will continue to have everything fans loved about the previous FIFA games.
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.
But, this freedom away from FIFA will give the developers a chance to innovate as well and evolve the game further. So, EA is going to use this opportunity to make some changes and improve upon their game, marking this as a new era for EA and their football game series.
So, FIFA and EA might be parting ways, but that does not mean it'll be the end of your favorite game. It'll just a have a bit of a cornier name. But fans will get used to that as well, right?
And who nows... maybe UFL will become the next FIFA.