Digital Arts has introduced that the developer is contemplating eradicating the ‘FIFA’ identify from its soccer/soccer sport sequence. If the transfer goes by means of, we might not see a FIFA 23, leaving the just lately launched FIFA 22 the final sport within the sequence to hold the FIFA tag.
This doesn’t imply EA Sports activities may cease making soccer video games altogether, which is likely one of the developer’s hottest sequence of annual titles. Nonetheless, ought to the choice go ahead, future soccer video games from 2023 might merely not be named ‘FIFA-XX’ (the place XX denotes the yr) and will get a brand new totally different identify.
It appears the explanation behind the identical is to save lots of up on the licensing of the sport, which may imply the identical assets may very well be used elsewhere.
EA printed a weblog submit devoted to followers of the FIFA sequence the place it mentions the choice, additionally including that FIFA 22, which launched on October 1 this yr had already crossed 9.1 million gamers and 460 million matches in lower than every week since launch.
EA goes on to debate the way forward for the sequence within the submit, and that the developer is “exploring the concept of renaming our international EA SPORTS soccer video games.”
“This implies we’re reviewing our naming rights settlement with FIFA, which is separate from all our different official partnerships and licenses throughout the soccer world,” the submit provides.
What does this imply for the franchise and the gamers?
EA appears to be contemplating bringing its naming rights settlement with FIFA to an finish. Nonetheless, because the weblog mentions, the developer may nonetheless proceed all its different official partnerships and licenses together with these with tournaments and leagues just like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander, amongst others.
“The breadth of our partnerships and our ecosystem of licensed content material will allow us to proceed to deliver unmatched authenticity in our EA SPORTS soccer video games, now and for a few years to return,” the weblog provides. Which means that though the sequence is renamed, nothing a lot may change within the gameplay entrance in addition to the formally licensed sport modes, that are prone to keep.
PES made the same transfer this yr
Konami’s Professional Evolution Soccer, or PES sequence was the one competitors the FIFA sequence has had for years. Nonetheless, after the sequence was renamed to eFootball this yr amidst a strategic shift to a free-to-play sport mannequin, the sport reportedly turned out horrible. Days after its announcement, eFootball 2022 is now the worst rated sport on Steam as per Steam 250’s Corridor of Disgrace web page.
With just about no actual competitors, and what appear to be nice gross sales for its most up-to-date addition, it looks like now might wager the very best time for EA to experiment with the way forward for the sequence, which can start with the renaming of the sequence, doubtless from as quickly as subsequent yr.