A new era is on the horizon as EA prepare to launch its first major football game since its long-time partnership with FIFA ended, leaving fans cautiously optimistic for the all-new EA Sports FC 24.
The licensing agreement between EA and football’s governing body came to an end in 2022 after nearly three decades together, signalling an era of uncharted territory for the gaming studio giants.
It’s left fans with a lot of unanswered questions, with some expecting wholesale changes to the game, and the rest of us resigned to accepting that it’ll likely be very much the same except with a long-winded new name.
But the months of speculation are over. EA has confirmed a bunch of features that will be coming to the game, so we’ve compiled the key ones into a handy list ahead of its 29 September release. And remember, it’s EA Sports FC now – not FIFA.
Undoubtedly the biggest update coming to the new era of EA’s hit football game, fans have been desperate for crossplay between consoles for years and have finally got their wish.
Cross-play had been teased and very slowly introduced in limited capacities, but fans of Pro Clubs will finally be able to team up with pals across different consoles to build super teams of complete and utter chaos.
The handy new feature will also be available in VOLTA, Ultimate Team, Co-Op seasons and regular online seasons.
Women’s footballers in Ultimate Team
Not FUT anymore, remember? No FIFA.
EA Sports has massively expanded on its women’s football offering, introducing the Barclays WSL, Women’s Champions League, National Women’s Soccer League, D1 Arkema, Frauen Bundesliga and Liga F.
Women’s players from across the divisions will be available in the transfer market and packs, and players are able to build teams involving both their favourite men’s and women’s stars. Alexia Putellas in midfield feeding through Sam Kerr? Yes please.
A huge and long-awaited update that the game absolutely needed.
Optimised by stats giants Opta, PlayStyles aims to add another dimension of personality to players in-game, going beyond their rating.
EA states on their website that the new feature ‘gives players unique capabilities that make their way of playing look and feel more authentic’ such as Haaland’s powerful shooting, and Vinicius Junior’s unrelenting flair.
Will be interesting to see how much this affects how the game feels when playing, with players having traits in-game for a long time previously.
Ultimate Team Evolutions
A new feature for what has long been EA’s most popular game mode, Evolutions appears to serve as a way of developing and improving the players you already own.
Through a series of objectives, players can enhance individual skills, PlayStyles and even ratings, which adds a completely different element to Ultimate Team where in the past players remained rather two-dimensional.
Introducing #EASPORTSFC 24.
— EA SPORTS FC (@EASPORTSFC) July 13, 2023
Career mode upgrades
We’ll bite our tongue somewhat as career mode enthusiasts will lambast us for being too optimistic about proposed updates, but EA has proposed changes to both player and manager career for their upcoming game.
Player career mode is set to benefit from added layers of personality through the new PlayStyles feature, as well as a new ‘Player Agent’ feature. Manager career will see greater control over tactics, coaching staff and improved training.