FIFA has announced that it is launching for the first time a new football game developed with third-party studios and publishers, and several non-sim titles are already in production.
The panel noted in the press release that it has granted EA Sports an extension for the football simulation category only, which will allow the release of FIFA 23 later this year.
FIFA also said it is working with publishers, studios and investors to develop a major new simulation soccer title for 2024.
Already in development, the new non-simulated games will be released in the third quarter of this year, the first of which will feature the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, promising “new interactive experiences” to fans around the world.
It will also release other games and virtual experiences related to this year’s FIFA World Cup, and projects are also being discussed with publishers in the run-up to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“I can assure you that the only authentic, real game with the FIFA name will be the best for gamers and football fans,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“The FIFA name is the only original global title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26 and so on – the constant is the FIFA name and it will stay forever and stay the best.”
The EA Sports expansion is a new agreement that grants rights only to the football simulations category and frees up broader game rights for FIFA and various game publishers to publish new games and “deeper experiences for fans and football stakeholders”.
This new “non-exclusive licensing model” stems from a lengthy period of discussions between the parties about FIFA’s future gaming vision. As previously announced, FIFA said it intends to work with a number of partners rather than “long-term locking all gaming and e-sports rights exclusively with one publisher”.
EA announced yesterday that it is dropping the FIFA branding after 30 years and will continue its football games under the new brand EA Sports FC in 2023.
According to EA, this move will allow the company to deliver “the world’s largest interactive esports experience” to the growing community in collaboration with over 300 partners from across the world of football.
With the new branding only taking effect in 2023, EA Sports’ FIFA contribution will retain the FIFA branding this fall.
https://www.vg247.com/fifa-diversifying-its-gaming-rights-will-release-new-non-sim-football-games-alongside-ea-sports-franchise FIFA diversifies its gaming rights and will release new non-sim football games alongside the EA Sports franchise