EA Sports FC ushers in a new era with ultimate cover for Ultimate Edition

EA Sports FC ushers in a new era with ultimate cover for Ultimate Edition
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EA Sports FC, the revolutionary soccer video game series, is ready to kick off a new era in virtual sports with its highly anticipated release, EA Sports FC 24.

EA Sports FC, the renowned publisher of soccer video games, has dropped a bombshell in the gaming industry with the announcement of FC 24, the highly anticipated successor to the immensely popular FIFA-branded soccer video game series.

This announcement comes after EA Sports and FIFA failed to reach a new licensing agreement last year, severing their almost three-decade-long partnership.

EA Sports FC 24 Trailer Showcases a Fusion of Men's and Women's Football

The trailer for FC 24 showcases a compelling fusion of men's and women's football, providing fans with a glimpse of the exciting experiences that await them in the virtual world of soccer.

One of the standout moments in the trailer is the presence of Pep Guardiola, delivering an inspiring talk to a diverse dressing room filled with stars from various clubs.

Additionally, viewers are treated to an impressive goal from Vinicius Jr.'s squad, highlighting the thrilling gameplay and immersive graphics that EA Sports FC 24 promises to offer.

The cover of the Ultimate Edition, unveiled alongside the trailer, features a captivating meeting of footballers, with Haaland leading the pack as the director of the ceremony.

Narrated by the talented British actor Daniel Kaluuya, the trailer for EA Sports FC 24 features pre-rendered footage showcasing past and present men's and women's soccer stars interacting with each other in locker rooms and a tunnel, creating an immersive and authentic atmosphere.

The trailer concludes with the exciting announcement that a full gameplay trailer will be released later this week, further building anticipation among fans eager to delve into the virtual world of soccer.

Uncertainty Surrounds Availability of EA Sports FC 24 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

EA Sports FC 24 will be available to play on the next-generation consoles, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, as well as on PC.

However, it remains unclear whether the rebranded game will be accessible on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, as the information regarding platform compatibility is yet to be revealed.

FIFA and EA Sports End 30-Year Partnership, Resulting in Rebrand to EA Sports FC

The rebranding of the game to EA Sports FC was initially announced in May, following the breakdown of negotiations between FIFA and EA Sports.

Despite the change, EA Sports assures fans that the soccer video game experience will remain unchanged, as the publisher holds more than 300 licensing agreements with clubs and leagues worldwide.

However, the split between FIFA and EA Sports was not without challenges. The New York Times reported that FIFA demanded at least double the annual $150 million it had been receiving from EA Sports, contributing to the breakdown of negotiations.

The split between FIFA and EA Sports marks the end of a partnership that spanned almost three decades, making EA Sports FIFA's largest commercial partner.

However, the decision to part ways was described as “amicable” by EA spokesman Eric Escaravage, who expressed gratitude to FIFA for their years of collaboration.

FIFA 23, the final installment of the franchise, achieved tremendous success as one of the top-selling games of the series.

From the start of the year until the end of May, FIFA 23 ranked as the eighth-best-selling game worldwide, surpassing other popular sports video games such as Madden NFL 23 and NBA 2K23.

EA Sports FC 24 Maintains Licensing Agreements with Over 300 Clubs and Leagues

Despite the split from FIFA, EA Sports FC 24 maintains an impressive lineup of official partners. More than 19,000 players, 700 teams, 100 stadiums, and 30 leagues will still be present in the game, as confirmed by EA EVP and GM Cam Weber.

Major football leagues such as the Premier League, UEFA (including the Champions League, Europa League, and Women's Champions League), Serie A, La Liga, MLS, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, CONMEBOL, and EFL have all been confirmed as partners, ensuring that fans can continue to enjoy an authentic and immersive soccer experience in EA Sports FC 24.

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.