FIFA 23 gameplay trailer live now – release date + improved crossplay confirmed

EA has laid out everything fans will want to know about FIFA 23, and it sounds like a massive swansong for the series.

The first gameplay trailer for FIFA 23 has gone live, confirming its release date of September 30 (as was claimed earlier), and thus EA has shared the first real details about what will be its final FIFA game before it changes the name.

While EA has a lot to brag about on the technical side of things (more natural looking animations, a new dribbling system, updated physics etc.), perhaps the most noteworthy inclusion is the wider range of options for women’s football.

As suspected after EA revealed that Chelsea player Sam Kerr would be one of this year’s cover star, FIFA 23 will be the first entry in the series to feature the Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema, meaning you can play as women’s club teams and not countries.

EA promises to have given women’s football the same treatment as the men’s, saying that it’s powered by EA’s HyperMotion2 capture technology to ‘make female players move authentically in FIFA 23.’

FIFA 23 will also feature the Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 alongside the 2022 Qatar World Cup, although details on the former will be shared at a later date.

Another important detail is that FIFA 23 will have crossplay functionality at launch. While FIFA 22 has since received this feature, it was absent when it released last year and is limited to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions.

This time, it will be available across all versions, even the PC and Stadia releases, although it’s restricted to platforms within the same generation. So, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can only play against each other whereas PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Stadia players can all play matches together.

EA has shared a deep dive into how the crossplay will work on its website here.

As for FIFA Ultimate Team (EA’s biggest source of profit with these games), it looks to more or less function the same as always.

However, EA has confirmed that it has made improvements/changes to the chemistry system, made finding matches easier with the crossplay functionality, and it’s added a new mode that features ‘scenario-based FUT Moments.’

It seems EA is really pulling out all the stops to make FIFA 23 the most memorable entry yet, despite losing the FIFA moniker for 2024 and beyond.

‘Experience unrivalled authenticity in FIFA 23 with the most true-to-life experience of The World’s Game featuring football’s biggest stars and teams, including 19,000+ players across 700+ teams in over 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues,’ it brags.

‘FIFA 23 is the only place you can play the iconic UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamericana, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander in the same game, along with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, France D1 Arkema for the first time ever.’

For any Nintendo Switch owners wondering, a FIFA 23 Legacy Edition has been announced too. However, while it will be getting the women’s teams, new stadiums, and an updated presentation, it won’t offer any new gameplay features or improvements compared to the Switch version of FIFA 22. Oh, and no crossplay either.

Pre-orders are already live and can be found on EA’s website.

FIFA 23 releases on September 30 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PC, and Stadia.

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