Some absolutely huge news dropped earlier this week as EA Sports announced that they will be dropping the FIFA name from their football franchise and plans to instead brand their games as EA Sports FC from here on.
It is a giant piece of news, and means that the FIFA brand is essentially up for grabs in the gaming space.
EA Sports FC is unlikely to be all that different from the current version of the game, given the way that the developer has previously obtained licences and such.
But Push Square now reports that FIFA themselves are now planning to create a rival for EASFC, and are currently looking to find a developer.
FIFA says it is “engaging with leading game publishers, media companies and investors in regard to the development of a major new FIFA simulation football game title for 2024.”
FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino also claims that the game using the FIFA branding will continue to be the industry leader when it comes to football simulation titles.
He said: “I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans. The FIFA name is the only global, original title.”
FIFA has also confirmed that it is currently trying to develop a “non-simulation game” that is centred around the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
That all but confirms that there will be no World Cup mode in anything published by EA Sports in 2023. Another title is said to be under consideration that is centred around the Women’s World Cup.
This is a hugely intriguing time to be a football fan and a gamer, and it is going to be interesting to see how EASFC is received when it finally comes out.
It will also be very intriguing to see how the eventual FIFA game, separate from EASFC, is received as well.
Keep it tuned to GiveMeSport and we’ll let you know when any more news drops!