EA has announced that the FIFA series will drop the football body license and instead be called EA Sports FC.
The news comes after months of speculation that FIFA 22 would be FIFA’s final game, with EA considering renaming the series due to high FIFA licensing fees.
In a post on the EA, EVP and EA SPORTS Group GM website, Cam Weber revealed that next year will see the launch of EA Sports FC. However, for those worried that the game will go the eFootball 2022 route, with few leagues, clubs and player licenses, it looks like EA has maintained most of its partnerships.
“Everything you love about our games will be part of EA SPORTS FC – the same experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes will be there,” Weber said.
“Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs and VOLTA Football will all be there. Our unique licensing portfolio of over 19,000 players, over 700 teams, over 100 stadiums and 30 leagues that we have continued to invest in for decades will always be there, only in EA SPORTS FC. This includes exclusive partnerships with the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS – and many more to come.
Weber added that this is more than just a name change for the series and that EA will look to innovate, “ensuring that EA SPORTS FC is a symbol of change”. Details on what that change might be are unclear, but he says this independence will allow the series to “innovate, create and evolve.”
One more kick
However, despite early speculation, FIFA 22 will not be the last title in the series. There will be yet another FIFA, which is expected to arrive later this year. In the post, Weber said, “EA SPORTS FC will allow us to realize that future and so much more…but not before we deliver our most comprehensive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA. , for one more year.
“We are committed to ensuring that the next FIFA is the best ever, with more features, game modes, World Cup content, clubs, leagues, competitions and players than any FIFA title before.”
However, if you’re eager to hear more news about the series, don’t expect it anytime soon. The message on EA’s website says we won’t hear anything about the game until summer 2023.
This ends a 30-year partnership and a massive change for one of the most successful game series in the world. We’ll have to see if this name change generates any kind of negativity, but seeing what the developers can do with the series without advice from FIFA itself is potentially interesting.