FIFA 23 has proved incredibly successful for publisher EA so far as a record 10.3 million players logged in during its first week on the market.
EA revealed the news today, October 12, saying that the massive number of players signalled the biggest launch period in FIFA’s franchise history.
“The response from our fans has been nothing short of incredible, and we’re thrilled that our community is playing with their favourite players and teams across FIFA 23 in record numbers,” said SVP GM of EA Sports FC Nick Wlodyka.
“With both the Men’s and Women’s World Cups, and exciting updates to our women’s club football content in game still yet to come, we’re just getting started on providing players with the most authentic and immersive experience yet.”
EA announced the inclusion of women’s clubs in FIFA for the first time back in July, alongside the reveal that Chelsea star Sam Kerr would be the first woman to grace an international cover.
FIFA 23’s record breaking launch will likely also be a pleasing send-off for EA – and perhaps a slightly worrying one for the actual FIFA association – as next year’s entry will be called EA Sports FC. EA ditched the brand name after FIFA reportedly asked for $1 billion every four years for the name alone, spurring EA CEO Andrew Wilson to comment that all it gets from FIFA is “four letters on the front of the box”.
FIFA 23 Screens
In our 7/10 review of this year’s entry, IGN said: “FIFA 23’s slick and dramatic virtual football is fitting for the series’ last hurrah under its long-time name, but familiar frustrations abound, and it still greatly undervalues some of its most beloved modes.”
As for the Nintendo Switch version, however, IGN gave it a 2/10, saying “FIFA 23 on Switch is a prime example of minimal effort for maximum profit.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.