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FIFA 23: Release date, price, pre-order, trailer, cover and gameplay

FIFA 23 is the next entry in the series, and looks set to be the last too, with EA confirming it will be renaming the series EA Sports FC from next year onwards.

PSG star Kylian Mbappé will star on the cover alongside Chelsea forward Sam Kerr – the first ever female footballer to appear internationally on the front cover of a FIFA game.

New features include the upgraded HyperMotion2 technology, the inclusion of the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League and a revamped gameplay mechaincs including power shots, revamped set pieces and more realistic physics.

Keep reading on for everything you need to know about FIFA 23.

Release date

EA has confirmed that FIFA 23 will hit stores on 30th September 2022.

Early access for FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition will begin on 27th September 2022 for those who can’t wait to start playing.

FIFA 23 will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Google Stadia, PS4, and Xbox One.

Price and Pre-order

FIFA 23 is available for pre-purchase right now.

The Standard edition will be priced at £69.99 on PlayStation and Xbox, while PC gamers will need to pay £59.99 instead.

The Ultimate edition will cost an eye-watering £89.99 on console, and £79.99 for PC. You get the following content with this special edition:

  • FIFA World CPU FUT Heroes Player Item (limited time only)
  • 3 day early access
  • Dual Entitlement
  • Ones to Watch Player Item
  • 4600 FIFA Points
  • Team of the Week 1 Player Item
  • Kylian Mbappe Loan Item for 5 FIFA Ultimate Team matches
  • FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick (Choose between Davies, Son and Vinicius Jr.) for 3 Ultimate Team matches
  • Career Mode Homegrown Talent

Trailer

EA released the ‘Reveal Trailer’ for FIFA 23 on 20th July 2022. You can check it out below:

EA has also posted an “Offiical Gameplay Deep Dive” video that gives us a closer look at the new improvements to the gameplay.

Cover

EA Sports has revealed that Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr will both be the cover stars of the FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition.

Sam Kerr will become the very first female footballer to star on the front of a FIFA game outside of North America and Australia. Kerr achieved third place in the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2021, while also securing the Golden Boot award in the Women’s Super League in the previous two seasons.

Mbappé has been the top goal scorer in Ligue 1 in four of the past five seasons. He recently signed a new lucrative contract extension with PSG, despite interest from Champions League winners Real Madrid.

Gameplay

The biggest new feature for FIFA 23 will be the inclusion of Women’s Club Football. Both the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema will feature for the very first time. We’re assuming this means you’ll be able to take charge of a woman’s football club for Career Mode, although this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

EA has revealed it will be offering post-launch content for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 tournaments at no additional cost.

FIFA 23 will see Women Football clubs added to the game

EA is also hyping up its new HyperMotion2 technology (not available on PS4 and Xbox One), which will apparently be capable of delivering over 6000 ‘true-to-life’ football animations. This makes the movement of in-game footallers look more realistic.

Dribbling has been a big focus for FIFA 23, as it will not only look more natural, but also feel more responsive. EA reveals that you can now interrupt dribble animations so you can quickly change direction to fool opposing players.

In order to counter the imrproved dribbling, EA has made imprvements to jockeying, making it easier for denfenders to stay close to attacks and stick a boot in for a tackle. A new hard slide mechanic is also useful, which sends the ball further away than your average tackle in case you’re in desperate need of a clearance.

Most FIFA players have a need for speed, and so EA has done some work into improving acceleration. It’s now split up into three different archetypes: controlled, explosive and length. The latter of the three is designed for strong, physical players, with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk springing to mind, using long strides to cover large distances quickly.

Meanwhile, explosive accelerators may not be able to win a long-distance race, but have a “killer, quick first step”, enabling them to dribble out of trouble. Real Madrid’s Modric was provided as an example as a player with this kind of sprinting style. Controlled seems to be the more all-round arhetype of sprinting, seeing a continuous acceleration as you sprint across the pitch.

Jack Grealish attempting to score in FIFA 23

EA has also done a lot of work improving shooting. The power shot is a new high-risk and high-reward mechanic, that requires a lot of precision to execute, but can result in some worldie goals when perfected.

FIFA 23 has also seen a total redesign for all of the set pieces. For penalties, there will be a new circle-shaped composure bar that challenges you to perfect your timing for a more precise shot. And for free kicks, you can use the right stick to pick exactly which location of the ball you want to strike to add more curl or backspin.

Don’t worry, EA hasn’t forgotten about goalkeepers. Their reaction times will now be influenced by their vision, and so may be slower to react to a shot in a crowded penalty area. It’s not all bad new for goalkeeper fans, as they will now be stronger when rushing out to collect a loose ball. FIFA 23 will be the first entry that lets you see fingertip saves, with individual fingers bending back when struck by the ball.

These enhanced physcics will apply to outfield players too, with EA claiming that there will be a greater number of deflections in FIFA 23 since the ball can now graze off a boot.

But what about the game modes? Ultimate Team will return, this time with a revamped chemistry system, while Career Mode will offer ‘a new way to play your season with Playable Highlights’. Pro Clubs and Volta Football will also be playable.

EA has promised to provide even more information on the new Career Mode for 1st August. We’ll be sure to update this article with all of the new information, so keep this page bookmarked to find out more about FIFA 23.

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