EA Sports FC is the new football video game developed by EA Sports, marking a departure from their long-standing partnership with FIFA in 2022. With a fresh logo and a new vibe, this upcoming game aims to give gamers a glimpse of “the future of football.”
Since the split was announced, the gaming community has been buzzing with excitement and anticipation. FIFA loyalists are curious to see what this new venture has in store for them.
When can you get your hands on EA Sports FC 24?
The official worldwide release date for EA Sports FC 24 is set for Friday, September 29, 2023. However, for those who pre-order the Ultimate Edition, early access is available, allowing them to dive into the game as early as September 22, 2023.
Traditionally, this game has followed a tradition of autumn releases, timed perfectly for the bustling holiday season. Even though you have to wait a bit longer to play, you can already secure your copy by pre-ordering it.
What is the cost involved?
In the United States, the standard edition of EA Sports FC 24 is priced at $69.99, while in the United Kingdom, it’s £69.99. For the Ultimate Edition, you’ll need to shell out $99.99 in the U.S. and £99.99 in the UK. The Nintendo Switch version comes in slightly cheaper at £59.99/$59.99, but there’s no Ultimate edition available for it.
There were some rumors floating around that the game might adopt a free-to-play model, but it looks like gamers will indeed have to make a payment to experience EA Sports FC.
What is the difference between the standard edition and the ultimate edition?
Gamers often weigh the price difference when deciding which version to purchase. The standard edition of the game offers several benefits, including Dual Entitlement and various Ultimate Team items. However, the Ultimate edition offers even more perks, such as seven-days early access, FC Points, and more.
Which gaming consoles will support EA Sports FC 24?
You can play EA Sports FC on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Additionally, it’s available on older consoles like PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
EA Sports FC Licenses?
EA Sports FC will maintain most of its official partnerships after the split with FIFA. According to EA EVP and GM Cam Weber, “more than 19,000+ players, 700+ teams, 100+ stadiums, and 30 leagues that we’ve continued to invest in for decades will still be there, uniquely in EA SPORTS FC.” Partnerships with major leagues like the Premier League, UEFA (including Champions League, Europa League, and Women’s Champions League), Serie A, La Liga, MLS, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, CONMEBOL, and EFL are all confirmed.
How to get early access to EA Sports FC 24?
As mentioned earlier, early access is available to those who pre-order the Ultimate Edition of the game. This allows them to dive into the game a full seven days ahead of the official release on September 29, 2023.
Which stars are on the cover of EA Sports FC 24?
Erling Haaland, the superstar from Manchester City and Norway, is the cover star of EA Sports FC 24. Interestingly, this game’s cover breaks from tradition by featuring a more game-like design instead of high-quality images of the cover stars.
Moreover, instead of one or two players, the FC 24 Ultimate Edition cover showcases an impressive lineup of 31 players, including both male and female football stars from the past and present. Among the recognizable faces are David Beckham, Pele, Zinedine Zidane, Jude Bellingham, Paulo Dybala, Alexander Isak, and Ronaldinho, among others. Haaland also graces the cover of the standard edition of FC 24, becoming the first player to do so for the newly-renamed game.
What features can you expect in EA Sports FC 24?
EA Sports has emphasized its 30-year association with the FIFA franchise, suggesting that EA Sports FC will continue the legacy of FIFA 23 in terms of features and innovation. This means familiar game modes like Career Mode, Pro Clubs, VOLTA, and Ultimate Team will likely make a return.
The developers seem to have more creative freedom following the split from FIFA, so players can expect exciting additions such as the inclusion of the Ballon d’Or award in Career Mode. This allows you to strive for football’s most prestigious individual accolade.
Career Mode has been split into Manager Career and Player Career. Manager Career will let you delve deeper into the life of a football manager, with a Total Management System and key components like Tactical Vision, Coaches, and Match Preparation. Player Career introduces Player Agents who guide you through your professional journey, setting Target Teams and providing recommendations and advice.
The introduction of PlayStyles, which incorporates real-world data from Opta, adds more depth to players’ unique skills and abilities. Ultimate Team Evolutions aim to let you cultivate your own club legends and build dynasties through objectives that enhance player skills and PlayStyles.
Women’s football is now part of Ultimate Team, allowing you to add the best women’s players to your squad, along with new ICONs and Heroes.
Will EA Sports FC 24 feature Ultimate Team?
Yes, Ultimate Team will be part of EA Sports FC, so fans of this popular game mode can rest easy. However, it remains to be seen how it will be integrated, as the game undergoes its rebranding.
The EA Sports FC 24 trailer
A teaser trailer for the game was unveiled on July 10, offering gamers a glimpse into what awaits them in EA Sports FC 24. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya, the teaser promises “a whole new game” as past and present football stars share the screen. The video showcases a pep talk from Pep Guardiola in a dressing room filled with players from different teams, including Jude Bellingham and David Beckham. Erling Haaland makes an appearance, along with Vinicius Jr., but notably absent are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappe.
EA Sports has already revealed player ratings for the game. Top-rated players include Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Alexia Putellas, and Kevin De Bruyne, all rated at 91. Lionel Messi still ranks highly with a rating of 90, but Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped into the 80s.