EA Sports is expected to reveal the latest version of their successful football gaming franchise at some point this year, FIFA 22.
Since 1993, the American gaming publisher have been bringing the 11-a-side game to our television screens and our fingertips across the globe, revolutionising the way that we look at our beloved game with each new release.
In what started with FIFA International Soccer on the Mega Drive in 1993, the game itself has come a long way since then and has made giant strides with each new release and gaming platform.
That being said, FIFA 22 will be the first game to be made especially for the latest next-gen consoles, the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, with fans keen to see the improvements that EA have made to the game.
At this stage, information is limited about the new game and we will update when details are revealed by EA.
Here is everything you need to know about FIFA 22:
No official release date has been confirmed at this time. But judging on previous releases, we suspect it could be at the end of September or the beginning of October, depending on whether there are any delays.
We will publish an image of the FIFA 22 cover as soon as it is revealed by EA Sports. Several stars are rumoured to be featured this year. Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold are two players that could be the face of the new game.
So far, we have seen this mockup featuring Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham, which looks great.
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7th June: Plenty of questions have been asked regarding whether a demo will be released for FIFA 22.
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4th June: Recent leaks suggest that highly demanded game mode Online Career Mode could be added to FIFA 22.
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27th May: EA have suffered yet another Italian licensing casualty - this time it is Atalanta. They will no longer be able to use their club crest or kit in their games for the next three years.
19th May: EA has promised that a "massive innovation" across all their games is on the way as they attempt to adjust to life with next-generation technology.
Cited by Gamesradar, CEO Andrew Wilson said: “All of our new EA Sports games are designed for next-gen console platforms including FIFA, Madden, NHL and EA Sports PGA Tour.
“Our EA Sports FIFA experiences continue to engage more than 100 million players worldwide. More than 20 million players played FIFA Ultimate Team in the last year, and FIFA Ultimate Team matches were up an incredible 180%.
EA's COO Blake Jorgensen added: "Ultimate Team growth in last quarter was up 30% [year over year]. The team has done an amazing job across all sports to find ways to continue to innovate and add new events.
"That's what drives people to play Ultimate Team. And we've gotten better and better at that over the life of the product, and we'll continue to do that and we have optimism for the coming year and many years to come.”
Ratings are a huge part of FIFA, and fans will want their favourite players to have good ratings so that they can play with them throughout the game.
For now, these ratings have not been released for FIFA 22, but when they are, we will provide you with all the updates.
Career mode details and leaks will be added here in due course.
It is a certainty that EA Sports will bring new features to the gameplay, but what will they be and what can we expect from FIFA 22?
The year 2022 will see the World Cup played in Qatar and the first-ever in the Middle East, EA are set to create a World Cup game mode that will see the prestigious global tournament integrated.
This also makes us speculate what they might do. A possible online World Cup tournament? We will update you as soon as the details are unveiled.
It is not known at this time whether crossplay will be a feature in FIFA 22. But considering how gaming technology has come leaps and bounds in recent years, it would be a huge surprise if EA left this element of the game out.
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