EA Sports and FIFA are farewell after this yearbut the developers at EA Vancouver swear that fans will get a wild final dance in FIFA 23which the studio is paying is the biggest football game it’s ever built.
For beginners, FIFA 23 will deliver long-anticipated – and long overdue, in the eyes of multiplayer – multiplayer – cross-platform, with some limitations at first. EA Sports confirms that a new matchmaking ecosystem, checked this spring in FIFA 22, will be available at launch. Players also get both the World Cup (starting November 21) and the Women’s World Cup (July 20, 2023), with the brands, national teams and players of those tournaments, times first in the same game.
Women’s professional club soccer to debut at FIFA 23, seven years after the women’s national teams entered the soccer simulation in the league and the now-single-player mode. Perhaps most importantly, Windows PC players will now receive an upgraded game to the engine that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X users have been playing since 2020.
“This is our last FIFA-titled game, after 30 years of rich history,” producer Matt LaFreniere said during a closed-door launch last week. “So we knew it had to be special.”
For starters, there’s some good print on how to play cross-platform. Older consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will be able to play with newer members of their console family as well as with each other. “This has been a long time for FIFA and we know that our players have been waiting for this,” LaFreniere said.
Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC will be able to play against each other (as will older members of their platform type). Expanding cross-play, LaFreniere said, will speed up matchmaking times; further, “We are exploring expanding our crossplay in the future.”
FIFA 23 parity on PC up to two years after the launch of the current generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles, same timetable as FIFA 16 when it distributed on par with PC two years after the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launched. All of that will be wrapped in a new presentation layer and game animation toolkit that the studio is calling HyperMotion 2. That will expand work starts with FIFA 22provides animations captured from full 11v11 football matches, played by professionals and recorded by EA Sports Vancouver developers.
HyperMotion 2, which EA Sports says it will discuss in depth later, will bring another 6,000 animations to the game, a marketing hit that lifelong sports game enthusiasts have mostly noticed. . Sam Rivera, a Canadian EA producer, says the additional mo-cap sessions, plus new machine learning, will affect player behavior in more noticeable ways. The goalkeeper’s interactions with the ball and defender during fixed shots on goal were demonstrated as an example of HyperMotion’s newly iterated technology.
FIFA 23 will launch this fall for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.