Sports Games are super hard to get right and you could tell that just by looking at the number of sports games based on realism. I mean, you can find a ton of games based on real-life sports but the majority of them are either super unrealistic or just plain bad.
There’s no denying the fact that when it comes to sports games FIFA takes the crown by far. Developed by EA, this sports game series is as close to real-life soccer as it gets whether it’s visuals or gameplay mechanics.
And now with 2023 getting closer, fans are super excited about the release of FIFA 23. So while we are waiting, here’s everything that you need to know about FIFA 23!
FIFA 23 Release Date
One thing that I love about FIFA is that it doesn’t leave you wondering about the release date. EA has been very consistent with the release date of their darling sports game franchise and it’s always Friday in late September or early October. So, if we were to make an educated guess, which we are not, it would be September 30, 2022, go figure.
So, we are less than a month away from the game’s release as of writing this article and I am already super pumped to get my hands on this game. Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long. And since FIFA 23 could be our last FIFA game before its transition to EA Sports FC, my expectations are quite high.
FIFA 23 Cover
One of the things that make every FIFA fan super excited is looking at the new FIFA game cover for the very first time. And well, it’s the third time in a row that FIFA has featured Kylian Mbbape on their cover. Only this time he’s joined by a female football star as well since FIFA 23 has made some massive additions for the female teams.
The Female Star appearing beside Mbbape is Sam Kerr, a Chelsea and Australian forward player. She is also the very first female international football player to be featured on the FIFA cover. As for Mbbape, he’s used to getting the spotlight all to himself on the honor cover of FIFA, for how long? Can’t really say.
FIFA 23 Gameplay
FIFA 23 seems to be making a lot of changes to the gameplay mechanics and most of these changes are pretty subtle. However, one thing that seems to get a lot of spotlight from the developers is the new HyperMotion 2 technology that would make the in-game animations much more realistic and add a ton of new ones to the mix.
Using this new HyperMotion 2 technology, they have captured two full matches, one all-female, and other all-men teams, to make the new animation more fitted for the simulation. And from what we have gathered so far from the preview is that the developers have also toned down the goalkeepers to behave more realistically while also getting some of the non-frequent glitches fixed.
The other changes in the gameplay include the completely reworked set pieces, so the players can take a better shot, also how the players catch up acceleration has also been changed to balance things out between different players and reduce the unfair advantage.
What’s New in FIFA 23
FIFA 23 is jam-packed with tons of awesome game content including two full-fledged domestic female leagues from England and France, both having authentic kits, badges, and even broadcast overlays, which is great. With these two female leagues, FIFA 23 would be featuring a total of 30 leagues, 700 teams with a total of 19,000 players, who would be playing across 100 different stadiums.
Want to hear something more exciting? Well FIFA 23 would also be the first game to feature both Male and Female world cups! And since FIFA follows real-world events, the Men’s world cup would take place in Qatar and for the Women, it would take place in New Zealand and Australia. So there’s definitely a lot coming to the latest entry in the long-running FIFA series.
Apart from these major additions, FIFA 23 would also be focusing on improving the game’s football rules as a whole including what makes a foul play, especially in sticky situations near the goal. There’s been a lot of arguments on FIFA 22’s view of reckless or foul play. And then there are the visual improvements, which I am sure you’d all be familiar with by now.
With less than a month left, I am sure you guys are as pumped as I am to see this game in action but for now this is all you need to know about the new entry in the long-running FIFA series. And by the looks of it, we are definitely in for a huge treat!