Women’s football has gained a lot of traction in the last few years and this time around EA is going all hands on deck with its last FIFA 23 game as it prepares for the next release.
Today, EA unveiled the first trailer and gameplay details for FIFA 23, and, among other changes, the game includes the addition of women’s club teams from the top leagues in England and France. FIFA 23 will also feature both editions of the world cup: the 2022 men’s competition in Qatar and the women’s, which follows in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
It was in 2016 when FIFA first introduced women’s international teams into its game franchise but the inclusion of the women’s club teams has been long overdue, a change that should have happened years ago. However, even though it’s good news, the addition of only two leagues still shows how far it’s still lacking.
Also, sadly, the upcoming FIFA 23 game won’t have some of the prominent women’s football teams as some had expected with teams like Bayern Munich, the Portland Thorns, or the Champions League runners-up Barcelona, which totally sucks.
However, EA says it plans to expand the roster in future. EA also revealed on Tuesday that, for the first time ever, the cover of the game will feature both a male and female player, with Chelsea’s Sam Kerr joining PSG’s Kylian Mbappé.
Last year’s Fifa 22 bought the roster up to 17 international squads and also allowed users to create a female player for the game’s Pro Clubs mode for the first time. However, the limited provisions for the women’s game have led to criticisms that the inclusion is merely a publicity endeavour.
Aside from adding more options for fans of women’s football, FIFA 23 also introduces cross-play functionality and what EA describes as “the next evolution of HyperMotion2 technology” for a more realistic gameplay experience. You can get a hint of what that looks like in the trailer below:
FIFA 23 Official Trailer
With the rising popularity of the women’s game, boosted by the current Euro 2022 tournament, the imperative is increasing. “We’re committed to building an equitable experience and aspire to help grow women’s football,” said Fifa 23 producer, Matt Lafreniere. The company says it will reveal more about the women’s club game over the coming months, including the later addition of new leagues.
This version of FIFA is also notable because it will be the last game with that iconic title from EA Sports; starting in 2023, EA will be ditching the FIFA label for a newly christened franchise called EA Sports FC.