Each and every year, EA Sports releases a brand-new entry in its soccer series, FIFA. The world of football is constantly evolving, with players transferring to new clubs, managers adopting new tactics, and much more. While the FIFA series has largely remained the same with updated rosters for the past few years, there have been a number of major changes such as online co-op in Ultimate Team and a reworked career mode a few years back. As such, with FIFA 23 due to release later this year, there’s already a number of rumored ‘leaks’ that hint at some major new features and long-requested changes from fans. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into them.
All FIFA 23 Leaks So Far
As we get closer to the release date, there will likely be even more leaks and rumors of new additions and changes coming to FIFA 23, and we’ll continue to update this post with details of them for your convenience.
FIFA 23 Crossplay
For the longest time, fans have been begging for EA Sports to add crossplay into its online modes like Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs, and just general Kick-Off Exhibition Matches. Even in FIFA 22, when so many other multiplayer games offer it, EA’s soccer game still limits players to playing with players specifically on their console or platform.
That’s rumored to all change with FIFA 23, however, if Tom Henderson over at Xfire is to be believed. According to Henderson, “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.”
While crossplay would be great, it’s worth noting that cross-gen play between Xbox One and Series X|S and PS4 and PS5 is unlikely, given FIFA 22 runs on different engines on last and current-gen hardware.
FIFA 23 Going Free-to-Play
Popular FUT Trader and FIFA 22 newser ‘DonkTrading’ on Twitter posted in July last year that FIFA 23 would be going ‘free-to-play.’
While there’s a possibility this could be true, Xfire’s Henderson claims his sources familiar with the project have seen no indication that FIFA 23 is going free-to-play.
It also doesn’t really make much financial sense for EA to do so. The publisher makes a huge amount of money from FIFA each year, both in terms of software sales and microtransactions for FIFA Points within the Ultimate Team game mode. Why the publisher would look to sever a huge revenue stream of its own accord, is a little difficult to argue.
Perhaps this is something that will come in the future, should EA and FIFA sever ties over the ‘FIFA’ name of the soccer series.
FIFA 23 Will Have Two World Cup Modes
As originally reported by VGC, it’s understood that EA is planning to release FIFA 23 with two FIFA World Cup tournaments — the man’s and women’s events — which will be the first-ever time in the series.
Given that women’s football has become more and more prominent within the FIFA series over the past couple of years, this seems pretty likely to happen.
An Online Career Mode?
There have been rumors that EA is looking to introduce an online career mode of some sort, following the original wording in an ‘Online Software Engineer’ role advertised within EA.
As spotted by Dexerto FC, the original wording made note of an “online career mode,” though since then, this wording has been removed.
The listing is also no longer open, so whether details have been removed as a result of this remains to be seen. Or perhaps EA noticed they’d accidentally let the cat out of the bag and decided to cover it up. We’ll just have to wait and see.
FIFA 23 Rumored Release Date
FIFA games always release towards the end of September or the beginning of October. Taking a look at how September pans out in 2022, we’re predicting that a Sept. 24, 2022 release date for FIFA 23 is the most likely.
Should we hear anything to the contrary, we’ll be sure to update this post and let you know.
Be sure to check back soon for the latest FIFA 23 leaks.