EA has officially announced FIFA 23 with a release window of Fall 2022, marking the final entry in a series it has developed since its release on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in December 1993.
Next year, the mega-publisher will part ways with soccer’s governing body to launch EA Sports FC. FIFA says the series will move forward under a different developer.
Along with the release window, EA has confirmed the Ultimate Edition cover athletes of the game. Other versions of FIFA 23 are expected to be released imminently.
The Ultimate Edition will feature Kylian Mbappe on the cover for the third consecutive year. However, the French wunderkind is not alone: he is joined by Chelsea and Australia striker Sam Kerr.
In the final year of the series, it is the first time that a female athlete has appeared on a FIFA cover.
“Sam Kerr is one of the best footballers out there,” line producer Matt Lafreniere tells GamesRadar. “He represents Chelsea very well, he represents the Australian national team very well and there is a World Cup coming up. His personality and his values reflect who we are as a company and what FIFA is as a franchise. We are very excited to have her as part of the EA Sports and FIFA team.”
GR was recently behind closed doors at EA Canada to test FIFA 23 and will share a variety of impressions in the coming weeks.