Electronic Arts (EA) is set to release EA Sports FC 24, its first football video game without the FIFA branding in over two decades.
EA Sports FC 24 is here: Here’s everything you need to know
With enhanced features like HyperMotionV, Opta-optimised PlayStyles, and a revamped Frostbite Engine, EA Sports FC 24 aims to revolutionise the way players move, play, and appear on the virtual field.
Features and Editions
EA Sports FC 24 introduces innovative features that strive to capture the essence of real football.
HyperMotionV technology enhances player movements and animations, while PlayStyles optimised by Opta provide an authentic representation of each player’s style and attributes.
The game utilises the Frostbite Engine to deliver stunning visuals and lifelike gameplay for over 19 000 real players.
Two editions of the game are available for pre-order: the Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition.
The Standard Edition includes the base game along with additional features such as Player Career personality points and a five-star coach for One Manager Career mode.
The Ultimate Edition offers bonuses like 4 600 FC points, early access up to seven days before release, and an exclusive UEFA Champions League or UEFA Women’s Champions League Ultimate Team Hero Item.
Pricing and Availability
In South Africa, the pre-order price for the Standard Edition of EA Sports FC 24 is R1 100, while the Ultimate Edition is priced at R1 500.
Nintendo Switch users can only pre-order the Standard Edition for R999.95.
Subscribers of EA Play Pro on Windows can access the Ultimate Edition at launch through the subscription service, which costs R200 per month in South Africa.
EA Play subscribers, including those with Xbox Game Pass, can avail a 10% discount on either edition of the game.
The Transition from Fifa
EA’s decision to drop the FIFA branding from the game’s title and in-game content follows the end of a longstanding partnership between EA and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) last year.
Reports suggest that FIFA demanded a $250 million annual licensing fee from EA, totalling $1 billion for the four-year deal. As a result, EA made the strategic decision to move forward independently and redefine its football gaming experience.