FIFA 23 Will Have Cross-play, Two World Cups & More!

Well-known leaker Tom Henderson has revealed that FIFA 23 will feature cross-play for the first time in the franchise's history.
FIFA 23 Crossplay
FIFA 23 will have cross-play for the first time in history! | © EarlyGame

The cat is out of the bag: FIFA 23 is coming! After the rights dispute between FIFA and EA it was speculated that FIFA 22 was the last classic FIFA, because from 01.01.2023 FIFA and EA go separate ways. But now, the leaker Tom Henderson has announced that FIFA 23 will be released in any case. And not only that: It will also have cross-play for the first time! This is awesome news for all FIFA fans.

EA is taking the next step in the evolution of FIFA. There will be cross-play between PlayStation, Xbox and PC, totally rad. The community has been waiting decades for this. Hopefully this feature will work...and a few others that Henderson has also leaked.

Leak: FIFA 23 Has Cross-play, Two World Cups & More!

Henderson is simply already a legend in the gaming world. His leaks are almost always right, we trust no insider more than him. So when Henderson writes that there will be a FIFA 23 and it will feature cross-play, we believe him.

A few days ago, we reported on the comments of EA CEO Andrew Wilson, who described the cooperation between EA and FIFA as "impeded". EA would have had to pay about 860 million euros over four years for a new contract, just to use the name "FIFA" for their football game. EA turned that down and secured rights for a new name. But all this will be relevant for the 2024 FIFA, because FIFA 23 is definitely going to be called FIFA 23, and not "EA Sports FC 23".

FIFA 23 Will Have Cross-play

Henderson found out that FIFA 23 will have cross-play. So, you will be able to play with your friends across consoles. PC, Xbox and PlayStation will finally be united. To what extent there are differences between the different console generations, i.e. PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, is not known. However, we suspect that all consoles will have crossplay. Henderson writes:

One of the biggest changes to this year's FIFA title though, is that it will feature cross-play for the first time in the series’ history, bringing FIFA players across the PlayStation, Xbox and PC platforms together for all of the title's game modes.

Also, very important in this quote is that cross-play will apply to all game modes. That means you can play Ultimate Team, Co-op, Pro Clubs, Volta and friendlies via cross-play. We are totally hyped!

FIFA 23 Will Not Be Free to Play

There have been rumors for some time that FIFA 23, similar to competitor eFootball (formerly PES), will be Free to Play. Henderson refuted these rumors for the time being. To what extent this is good or bad is difficult to say. Because we all know EA's system. If a game is Free to Play, you end up having to spend more to be competitive than you would have spent on a paid game. But we don't have to worry about that for now, FIFA 23 won't be Free to Play.

FIFA 23 Combines Men's And Women's Soccer

Henderson also announced a World Cup mode for the men's and women's World Cup. We're familiar with World Cup modes from FIFA 14 and FIFA 18, where they were a big hit in Ultimate Team. Henderson continues:

In addition, FIFA 23 will contain both the men's and women's World Cups, with EA expanding its licensing partnership across all the major leagues to drive and build a single FIFA experience that brings males and females together.

EA plans to buy more licenses for leagues and associations. To what extent men and women will be brought together, we'll have to wait and see. Is it possible to play with men's and women's teams at the same time? In FIFA 22 Pro Clubs you can play with a woman as a pro for the first time. Also, the Hypermotion technology, which was newly introduced for FIFA 22, will be pushed further in development. However, only the next gen consoles will benefit from this.

Henderson mentions in his article, which can be read here in the original, that EA didn't react to his request concerning these leaks. Typical EA, isn't it?

In any case, we have high hopes for FIFA 23 and the rumored Crossplay. Hopefully it will work, because EA has a lot to make up for after the Battlefield debacle.