The upcoming release from EA, EA SPORTS FC, marks a significant turning point for the company as it comes after their long-standing partnership with FIFA has come to an end. This highly anticipated game is set to redefine interactive football and has garnered immense curiosity among fans regarding its features and what lies ahead.
One of the key aspects of interest is how this rebranding will impact core elements such as Career Mode and Ultimate Team. Fans are eager to know if these beloved game modes will still be available in EA SPORTS FC.
Let’s delve into everything we currently know about this exciting new venture from EA. From the rebranding efforts to the inclusion of familiar game modes, licenses, and more.
EA SPORTS FC release date & platforms
EA SPORTS FC will be released on September 29, 2023, for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
EA SPORTS FC game modes
Great news awaits FIFA fans as EA has officially confirmed that all the beloved game modes they are accustomed to will make a comeback in EA SPORTS FC. As of now, there are no indications of any mode removals from the existing FIFA titles.
One highly anticipated inclusion is Ultimate Team, which has become one of EA’s most popular features in recent years. It remains to be seen how Ultimate Team (abbreviated as FUT) will be adjusted to align with the new branding and direction of EA SPORTS FC.
Here are all of the game modes confirmed to feature in EA SPORTS FC:
With the newfound freedom the developers have without the restriction of the FIFA deal, it’s also possible we could see some new modes. We’ll update this section as soon as any news drops.
EA SPORTS FC leagues
One of the standout features that has set FIFA apart from its competitors, such as eFootball, is its comprehensive collection of licenses for players, clubs, and leagues. Fans will be relieved to know that EA SPORTS FC intends to maintain these licenses, ensuring an authentic experience for long-time supporters.
With rights secured for over 700 teams representing more than 30 leagues worldwide, each with their official kits and players, EA continues to offer a fully-realized football simulation. Additionally, they have access to a vast selection of stadiums from domestic leagues. Iconic venues like Old Trafford, San Siro, and La Bombonera are just some examples of the over 100 stadiums available in the game.
It’s worth noting that certain teams like Juventus are not covered by the Serie A license, and that is also unlikely to change in EA SPORTS FC. Check out the full list of licensed leagues confirmed to feature:
Premier League (England)
EFL Championship (England)
EFL League One (England)
EFL League Two (England)
Ligue 1 (France)
Ligue 2 (France)
Bundesliga 2 (Germany)
3. Liga (Germany)
Serie A (Italy)
La Liga (Spain)
La Liga Smartbank (Spain)
Liga Profesional de Futbol (Argentina)
O. Bundesliga (Austria)
1A Pro League (Belgium)
Liga do Brasil (Brazil)
Chinese Super League (China)
3F Superliga (Denmark)
K League 1 (South Korea)
Liga MX (Mexico)
Liga Portugal (Portugal)
Premier Division (Republic of Ireland)
Liga I (Romania)
Pro League (Saudi Arabia)
Super League (Switzerland)
Super Lig (Turkey)
MLS (USA / Canada)
EA SPORTS FC licenses
On top of the usual leagues and players, EA began to expand to require licenses for other tournaments in recent years. This began with international cups and soon expanded into domestic European competitions.
The popular World Cup content was featured in FIFA 23, but there is no word on whether EA can use that particular license beyond once the partnership has ended. So, we’ll have to wait and see if Career Mode players can take part in the World Cup in EA SPORTS FC.
Fortunately, UEFA is committed to maintaining its partnership with the football series. That means the Champions League, Europa League, and Division Leagues are all returning in Career Mode and Ultimate Team Mode for promotions like Road to the Final.
In a statement accompanying the original announcement, UEFA Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein said: “We are committed to serving fans around the world and we look forward to working with EA. SPORTS FC continues to work together to provide players with an authentic gaming experience, including their favorite club competitions.”