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Details leaked on World Cup Mode for FIFA 23

The clock is ticking for all football fans out there as the Qatar World Cup kicks off in three months. Before then, EA Sports confirmed that FIFA 23 will drop worldwide on September 30. The studio released a reveal trailer on July 20, highlighting the HyperMotion technology introduced in the previous FIFA 22. But the latest installment to come in the longest-running football game franchise will also include 2 World Cups. 

FIFA 23 will involve two of the biggest international football events, the FIFA Men’s World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, scheduled in 2023 and jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Including both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments is a first in the series’ history and marks a stepping stone toward increased inclusivity. 

A full-on World Cup mode was last featured in FIFA 18. Available as a free DLC, the mode comprised all 32 participating teams and 12 Russian stadiums. In a Twitter post, notorious FUT leaker DonkTrading confirmed the next World Cup mode would similarly come as free added downloadable content sometime in November. He further announced Offline & Online modes, besides a mysterious FUT mode, content & Heroes. The mode might hint at exclusive Hero cards released for top players who shine during real-life tournaments.

According to DonkTrading, the FIFA 23 World Cup mode will also feature all Qatari stadiums alongside every nation involved in the World Cup. The latter might seem logical, but FIFA players know it wasn’t always the case. The Japanese team, for instance, has long been off-limits as their licensing is the propriety of Konami. By taking advantage of the license linked to the World Cup, EA will afford to bring back teams that aren’t part of its regular rosters, such as Qatar, Uruguay, or Tunisia. The runners-up of the last FIFA World Cup are also making a comeback after an 11-year-long absence. EA has confirmed that Croatia will be fully kitted out in FIFA 23, following an agreement revealed by the president of the Croatian Football Federation, Marijan Kustić.

Only time will tell which national side brings the trophy home. Meanwhile, gamers will while away the hours on the much-anticipated FIFA 23. Besides a fan-favorite World Cup mode, indeed, the next entry in the series will bring to a close a partnership going as far back as 1993. EA Sports has already confirmed the termination of its thirty-year relationship with FIFA. Despite failing to extend a deal with the world’s football governing body, EA will rebrand the series EA Sports FC. Still, FIFA 23 will be the last game to bear the iconic name. And the Redwood City-based studio intends to end with a bang. 

Thus, FIFA 23 will bring a series of long-awaited additions. The game is set to improve the overall match-day experience with more realistic pitches, pre-match build-up scenes, and even Augmented Reality replays on the latest generation of consoles. Additionally, the HyperMotion 2 Technology will significantly upgrade the experience. Blending machine learning and player motion data capture, this advanced gameplay technology delivers over 6,000 lifelike football animations. The FIFA Ultimate Team mode will also gain some enhanced additions, including a brand-new chemistry system boasting greater flexibility and cross-play. 

PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé will make it back to the cover. But the French idol will share the cover for the first time globally with a fellow female player, Australian scorer Sam Kerr. Women’s club teams will even be playable in an unprecedented move in the franchise’s history. 

So, FIFA 23 sets out to be as much of a success as its top-selling predecessors. And avid players might even snatch 3-day early access by pre-ordering the Ultimate Edition.