EA Sports has recently announced they’re ending their business relationship with the FIFA series after thirty years, so where will they go from here? After the release of FIFA 23, If you think EA Sports will take their ball and go home, you can think again! EA Sports is rolling up its sleeves and pushing towards a new football/soccer gaming sensation, in its new rebrand EA Sports FC. Here is a chance for EA Sports to give the franchise much-needed fan service.
EA Football/Soccer After FIFA
FIFA and EA created a global impact in the sports gaming industry when they formed a partnership to create one of the most successful sports games in the world. The FIFA franchise has been adapted into 18 languages and is available in 51 countries. To no surprise for this longtime fan, it is also listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world.
So why would a partnership of this magnitude come to end and begin a rebrand? In October of 2021 The New York Times reported that after months of deliberations, FIFA set a firm price of a billion dollars to allow EA Sports to use its likeness in its titles over the next four years. At that point, EA Sports was paying half as much to the entity.
When EA Sports announced that they wouldn’t be extending their partnership with FIFA, they stated how grateful they were for the partnership over the last three decades. It seems as though EA Sports wants to take a chance in creating their own game their own way.
On May 10th of last year, EA announced the retitled series as EA Sports FC. Die-hard fans, don’t fret, EA promises on their website we will have the same great experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs, and athletes. If you’re like me you’re expecting something new from EA Sports in this upcoming release.
A New Approach To Career Mode.
If you’ve been a fan of gaming like myself for many years, you’ve always found yourself coming up with ideas you’d like to see in some of your favorite games. It appears that EA Sports is returning with most of what made its previous partnership with FIFA a success. I think this is an opportune time to introduce a new game mode, Online Career Mode. In this mode, EA Sports can continue its mission of bringing together gamers all over the world. Much like the original career mode, you could be a Manager or a Player.
This time, instead of competing in a full season with your team against NPCs, you’ll compete in a schedule with other real-world players vying to raise a championship trophy at the end. We wouldn’t want to change too much, and EA sports can look at how they deliver their online seasons play when it comes to figuring out matchmaking.
Truth be told we should be optimistic about this rebranding EA has decided to release. There’s so much room for them to go, and I for one am looking forward to what they will be able to do in the future with this franchise. Whether we get an Online Career Mode or not, I’m certain we can expect some innovative and fun ideas from EA sports to show up in EA Sports FC.