Currently, EA Sports is occupied with the release of the new iteration in the most famous sports franchise in the gaming industry, FIFA 22. In the meanwhile, on Twitter was a posted a leak from a reliable insider who works with FIFA games, EA’s FIFA 23 and the following games will be cross-platform and free-to-play. Donk claims that FIFA 23 and onward the games will be free, meaning that FIFA 22 is the last game of the series to be released at retail price.
If Donk’s statement is true, then the future of FIFA players might change quite radically since they’ll be able to play the game for free. Not only that: players will also be able to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and Nintendo Switch platforms and share the same eco-system when it comes to FIFA Ultimate Team. We’ll definitely take it!
However, we must bear in mind that this leak came from Donk, and although he is a trustworthy insider that works with FIFA games, this information hasn’t been confirmed by EA just yet. Let’s speculate. The reason behind FIFA going free might lie in the fact that the series is becoming an esports scene, which is full of free-to-play competitors.
FIFA’s Ultimate Team is the key to profit in the case the upcoming FIFA games do become free. Microtransactions have been the running force behind EA’s profit in regard to the FIFA series, so it’s safe to say that the popularity of FIFA points and FIFA coins are going to jump tenfold. Basically, the series will run on microtransactions like other free-to-play giants such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, PUBG, and more.
It remains to be seen how things unfold in the following year, however, at the moment we are waiting for the release of FIFA 22 with a throbbing thrill.