With the 2022 edition of the European Championship currently underway in a blistering England, interest in the women’s game is particularly high right now – and EA is benefiting with the next FIFA release.
Today, the company revealed the first trailer and gameplay details for FIFA 23and, among other changes, the game includes the addition of women’s club teams from the top leagues in England and France. FIFA 23 will also feature both editions of the World Cup: the 2022 men’s competition in Qatar and the women’s competition, which follows in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. (Both will be added as part of a free post-launch update.)
EA first introduced international women’s teams in the 2016 edition of FIFA, but the inclusion of club teams is still a big – and long-awaited – change. That said, with only two leagues, it’s still way behind the men’s portion of the experience; if you want to play as one of the biggest clubs in the women’s game, like Bayern Munich, the Portland Thorns or the runner-up in the Champions League, you’re out of luck.
In addition to adding more options for women’s football fans, FIFA 23 also introduces cross-play functionality and what EA describes as “the next evolution of HyperMotion2 technology” for a more realistic gameplay experience. You can get an idea of what that looks like in the trailer below:
This version of FIFA is also notable for being the last game to feature that iconic title from EA Sports; from 2023, EA will leave the FIFA label for a newly christened franchise called EA Sports FC.
FIFA 23 launches on September 30 for PC, Xbox, PS4, PS5, and Stadia.