News Nintendo Switch Online's Next Free Game Trial Is Ready To Kick-Off Next Week (UK)
Try FIFA 23 for free
Nintendo UK has revealed the next free game trial for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers — FIFA 23 Legacy Edition, and it kicks off on 20th March. FIFA 23 is the very last game in EA's long-running franchise to bear the FIFA name, and it includes women's club football for the very first time. But as many who've followed the...
Review FIFA 23 - The Final Whistle Blows On A Legacy Of Disappointment
Don't waste your Sterling on this
If you’ve been keeping tabs on EA’s hugely popular football franchise, you’ll have heard that FIFA 23 marks the end of an era. As the final game to carry the FIFA licence before EA parts ways with its partner of 30 years, most multiformat sites have been discussing FIFA 23’s importance as the finale of a...
News FIFA 23 Legacy Edition Will Have Women's Football, But No New Features
Party like it's FIFA 2019
Nintendo Switch players are once again being shot in the foot(ball), as EA announced today that FIFA 23 on Switch would once again be the "Legacy Edition", which is essentially the same as FIFA 22 on Switch. In EA's own words, from the eShop page for FIFA 23: FIFA 23 Legacy Edition will feature the same Gameplay features...
News Take-Two Raises Eyebrows With Lavish Praise For FIFA Brand
FIFA 2K24, anyone..?
Last week, EA's long-term partnership with FIFA came to an end, with EA rebranding its football franchise as 'EA Sports FC'. FIFA subsequently stated that it will work with other developers using the FIFA brand going forwards, and it looks like one of those could be Take-Two Interactive. In a discussion with
News FIFA Will Work With Other Developers To Launch Brand New Football Games
So long, Electronic Arts
One headline sending shockwaves through the video game industry (and football world) today is EA's split with FIFA. As we've already heard, Electronic Arts will be dropping the FIFA branding from its name in favour of 'EA Sports FC'. It's touted as the "future of interactive football", but it seems FIFA could have other...
News It's Official: EA Drops The 'FIFA' Brand In Favour Of 'EA Sports FC'
The "Future of Interactive Football"
Well folks, it's official: EA Sports has ended its partnership with FIFA and has rebranded its tentpole football series as 'EA Sports FC'. The move has been in the making for quite a while but has now been confirmed via an announcement from EA itself. The statement clarifies that everything in the FIFA series...
News FIFA Reportedly Being Rebranded 'EA Sports Football Club'
FIFA 23 may be the last game to carry the name
Electronic Arts is reportedly all set to rebrand the FIFA series 'EA Sports Football Club'. As reported by Jeff Grubb on his Giant Bomb show Grubbsnax (thanks, VGC), sources confirmed to him that 'EA Sports FC' is to become the new name for the franchise. The title had been spotted previously in
News Sorry, Switch Owners Won't Be Getting Cross-Play For FIFA 23
Were you expecting any different?
In what we imagine to be the least surprising news for Switch owners, it seems the the upcoming FIFA 23 will include cross-play functionality - just not for the Switch. Players across PC, PlayStation, and Xbox will be able to play together for the first time in the franchise's history, leaving Switch fans to wallow...
News EA's CEO Seems Pretty Chill About Losing The FIFA Licence
"What we get from FIFA... is the four letters on the front of the box"
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has reportedly told staff that he feels the publisher might actually be better off losing the FIFA licence. EA and FIFA have been partners for 30 years, but that relationship is in jeopardy as the pair cannot seem to agree on renewing the...
News Report Claims FIFA Wants EA To Cough Up "More Than Double" For Licence
Two companies have also failed to agree on what the new deal should cover
FIFA is one of the world's most popular video game brands, with the famous football series selling millions each year since it began, way back in 1993. That's why it was such a shock to hear that EA was "exploring the idea of renaming" the franchise; why would you change the...
Japanese Charts FIFA 22's Legacy Edition Is Switch's Best-Seller Of The Week
But PS4 takes top four spots
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 3rd October, revealing that FIFA 22 is Switch's best-selling game of the week. Despite selling better on PS4, Switch's Legacy edition of the game shifted 13,385 physical units across the country in its opening week. It outsold other newcomer Melty Blood:...
News EA Is Considering Dropping The 'FIFA' Name In Favour Of Something New
As FIFA 22 enjoys "record-breaking" launch
EA's FIFA franchise, which has been going strong since the '90s with annual launches dating back to FIFA 95 for the Sega Mega Drive, could be about to undergo a name change. The hugely popular franchise currently has, and has always had, a naming rights agreement with FIFA, the international governing body...
Review FIFA 22 - Another Match Abandoned
Getting a new game? Neuer not
“Fool me once,” the famous phrase goes, “shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” With FIFA 22, EA is attempting to fool us thrice, and although we haven't been able to find any official ruling on what this means, we’ve come to the conclusion that it basically rolls back to “shame on you” again...
News EA Is Bringing Another Legacy Edition Of FIFA To Nintendo Switch
Kick-off this October
Ahead of the England v Italy Euro final today, EA has dropped its official reveal trailer for FIFA 22. The cover star this year will be PSG player Kylian Mbappé and the game launches on 1st October this year. While there's no mention of a Nintendo Switch release in the main trailer, an official press release has confirmed...
News EA Investigating Allegations One Of Its Employees Sold Rare FIFA Ultimate Team Cards For Cash
"If we identify improper conduct, we will take swift action"
EA has confirmed that it is launching an internal investigation into allegations that one of its staff sold FIFA Ultimate Team cards for thousands of euros in cash (thanks, Eurogamer). The scandal – which now has its own hashtag on Twitter, "EAGate" – began when unconfirmed direct...
News Germany Is Considering An 18+ Rating On Video Games With Loot Boxes
Pending approval from the Bundesrat
There's a good chance you've seen the controversies surrounding Loot Boxes. We've discussed them on numerous occasions, and there's been a longstanding debate over whether they're seen as gambling. Shockingly, publishers tend to
UK Charts FIFA 21 Reclaims Top Spot And Switch Titles Rise Despite Week-On-Week Sales Slump
Rise and fall
EA's FIFA 21 has reclaimed the top spot in the UK charts for the week ending December 26th, dethroning the previous top dog, Assassin's Creed Valhalla. FIFA 21 sold 8% more physical copies compared to last week. The embattled Cyberpunk 2077 slumped to eight place (it was third last week), and several evergreen Switch titles also saw...
News Famous Footballers Think EA Could Be Illegally Profiting From Their Names And Likenesses In FIFA
Update: FIFPro wades in
Update: FIFPro has issued the following statement regarding this issue (thanks, Push Square): In light of recent media reports, FIFPro wishes to clarify the manner in which it obtains the image rights of players, and its role in defending the employment rights of professional footballers worldwide. FIFPro, a not-for-profit...
News EA Ignores Nintendo Fans Yet Again As FIFA 21 David Beckham Freebie Skips Switch
What a surprise...
In frustratingly familiar news, EA has once again shown a depressing lack of commitment to its audience on Switch as the console misses out on a popular new FIFA 21 treat. The company has unveiled that football legend David Beckham will be making a surprise appearance in the game's FIFA Ultimate Team mode; fans who play the game...
Japanese Charts Animal Crossing Has To Settle For Second As FIFA 21 Tops The Table
Switch sales see slight boost
Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 5th - 11th October, revealing that new release FIFA 21 has debuted in first place. The game sold an estimated 39,152 physical copies on PS4 to go top of the charts, narrowly beating this week's boxed sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Switch version of FIFA also...
UK Charts FIFA 21 Goes Straight To Number One, But Only 2% Of Sales Were On Switch
Mario 3D All-Stars falls to fifth
UK chart data is now in for the week ending 10th October, revealing that FIFA 21 has unsurprisingly gone straight in at number one. EA's footie sim, which always performs very strongly indeed in the UK, has managed to hold last week's big releases at bay to shine at the top of the table. When looking at all of FIFA...
News FIFA 21 Costs £45 On Switch, Despite Being Another 'Legacy' Reskin
Updated kits, squads and stadiums only
Pre-orders for the digital version of FIFA 21 on Nintendo Switch have now gone live, confirming that the game's price will be set at £44.99 on the eShop. For a brand new FIFA title, this pricing is pretty much what you'd expect, but Nintendo fans will no doubt feel like they've been brushed aside once again...
Random What's Worse Than Getting Another 'Legacy Edition?' FIFA 21's Box Art, Apparently
"Why does the Fifa 21 Box Art look like my Powerpoint presentation?"
EA has released a new trailer for FIFA 21 and also revealed the upcoming series entry's box art, and online reaction has been mixed, to say the least. The cover features Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain. As one of the world's finest players, it's little surprise to see him on...
News Loot Boxes Are The Same As Gambling, Says The UK's House Of Lords
"There is a connection... between loot box spending and problem gambling"
Loot boxes in video games have been something of a contentious topic for a while now, and the UK's House of Lords ("The House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry", to be precise) has just added its voice to the conversation,...
News Yep, The New FIFA Game For Nintendo Switch Will Be Another Legacy Edition
Same game, new season
As expected, EA's premium sports series FIFA will be returning to the Nintendo Switch this year. Once again, the hybrid platform will be receiving a slightly updated version - officially known as FIFA 21: Legacy Edition. If you've played any of the previous entries on the Switch, you should already know what to expect, but for...
Random FIFA Crowd Noises Will Be Used For Some Televised Premier League Matches
Premier League football – or 'soccer', if you'd prefer – is about to make its long-awaited return following the cancellation of matches amid the coronavirus outbreak, but games will be played behind closed doors, which means no crowds and therefore no atmosphere. To ensure these matches – which are being televised – still have...
News EA Adds FIFA 20 To Its Nintendo Switch 'Best Hits' Line In Japan
Same game, cheaper price
On 25th June 2020, Electronic Arts is adding FIFA 20 to its 'Best Hits' Nintendo Switch line in Japan. It will see the game's price dropped reduced from ¥5,500 down to just ¥3,080. The digital version of the title on the eShop is also expected to be reduced. As you can see above, the physical Legacy Edition is still...
News An Officially-Licenced FIFA Match Was Just Decided By A Game Of Rock-Paper-Scissors
"I cannot believe it"
FIFA 20 might be something of a cash cow for EA, but things haven't been all that rosy with the game's online functionality for quite some time – a situation confirmed by the fact that Donovan "Tekkz" Hunt, one of the best FIFA players on the planet, recently stated that "no-one enjoys playing it". Eek. FIFA 20's online...
News New Lawsuits Claim FIFA Is Built On "Illusionary And Addictive" Pay-To-Win Mechanics
"The amount I have spent has made me fall behind on my rent payments"
EA's FIFA series may be one of the best-selling video game franchises on the face of the planet, but it has come under fire in recent years for the loot box mechanics which underpin its popular Ultimate Team mode. In this mode, players assemble a dream team based on random 'packs'...
News Footballing Legend Marco van Basten Is Pulled From FIFA 20 Following Nazi "Joke"
Former player has been suspended from his commentary duties, too
EA has withdrawn the former Dutch football star Marco van Basten from FIFA 20 after he said “Sieg Heil” during an interview with German football coach Frank Wormuth of Heracles. Starring in the game as a 'Legendary Player', van Basten has since apologised for his words, saying...
UK Charts Ring Fit Adventure Debuts In Third As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Closes In On FIFA 20
Update: Revised chart gives Ring Fit Adventure a healthier spot
Update - Tue 22nd Oct, 2019 12:00 BST: Chart compilers GfK Chart-Track have reissued yesterday's UK Charts with a couple of corrections to the All-Formats sales ranking. It seems that Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure debuted not at fifth as previously reported, but in an even healthier...
UK Charts FIFA 20 Scores Third Week At Number One As Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Races Into Third
Zelda falls to seventh
UK chart data is now in for the week ending 12th October, revealing that FIFA 20 is sitting at the top of the table for the third week in a row. The game stays ahead of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint which was another non-mover in second, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe saw a nice boost to see it blast past other games into...
UK Charts FIFA 20 Stays Top Of The Table As Zelda: Link's Awakening Takes A Tumble
Ghostbusters debuts in top ten
UK chart data is now in for the week ending 5th October, revealing that FIFA 20 has managed to keep hold of its first place position. The game managed to fend off Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint to stay ahead of the competition, with last week's number two, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, seeing a 60%...
Review FIFA 20 - A Shamelessly Cynical Attempt To Swindle Switch-Owning Footy Fans
This can't Coutinho happening
When EA released FIFA 18 on the Switch, it was missing a number of modes and features. Given that the game was being handled by another studio in Bucharest – and given that one of the game’s producers gave the (rather fishy) excuse that they didn’t want to overwhelm Switch players with every option at once – we...
News Metacritic Review-Bombers Strike Again With FIFA 20 On Switch
Fans not happy with EA’s new release
You can always count on Metacritic’s user-review section to provide a bit of humour, stupidity, absolute nonsense, or often something that sits in between the three, and the user reviews for FIFA 20 on Switch are absolutely no different. We’ve seen a few ‘review-bombing’ stories recently (where users...
News EA Reminds Switch Owners The FIFA 20 Legacy Edition Won't Include Volta Football
New season, same game?
Earlier this year, EA revealed Switch owners would receive a watered-down legacy version of FIFA 20 instead of the full experience. Nintendo fans will miss out on some "big new features" and modes, according to the executive producer Aaron McHardy: You're gonna get a fresh new look in Switch, with kits and player lists and...
News New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe And FIFA 19 Are Europe's Best-Selling Games Of 2019 So Far
When looking at physical sales
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and FIFA 19 are sitting right at the top of the best-selling games list in Europe so far this year. The news comes from official charts and market research data supplier, GfK Entertainment (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz), which has compiled a new, cross-platform report on physica
News EA CEO Defends Microtransactions, Says It’s "Actually Possible" To Do It Right
A candid conversation
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson recently sat down for his first interview “in a couple of years” with GameDaily.biz to discuss the company’s mistakes and accomplishments in recent times. He’s been at EA for 19 years, was the former head of EA Sports and has now led the global video game giant for the past six years...
Soapbox EA’s Approach To FIFA On Switch Is Typically Short-Sighted
Used to be in the game
'EA Sports: it’s in the game'. Ah, we all remember that slogan from the old days, although the news over the weekend that FIFA 20 on Switch will be a ‘Legacy’ rehash makes you realise that while EA’s head might be ‘in the game’, its heart certainly isn’t. We won't get the new Volta mode on Switch or any of the...
News Future Versions Of FIFA On Switch Could Be Legacy Editions, Just Like FIFA 20
"Where it goes in the future, we don't know"
EA has revealed that FIFA 20 is coming to Switch, but not in the form fans will have been hoping for - and this could be the case moving forward on the console, too. The company has just lifted the lid on this year's edition of its insanely popular football sim, and while the PS4, Xbox One and PC are...
News Once Again, EA Angers Switch Fans By Falsely Advertising FIFA 19 Content
Lightning strikes twice
FIFA 19 players who own the game on Nintendo Switch have expressed their upset at developer and publisher, EA, after an advertised game feature didn't release on the system. The content in question is a special Squad Building Challenge which rewards players with a random, highly sought after Team of the Season card. The...
News EA Brings Its Cheaper 'Best Hits' Range To Switch In Japan, Starting With FIFA 19
That's one way to ruin the box
EA has revealed that FIFA 19 will soon be treated to a 'Best Hits' release in Japan, giving customers the chance to simultaneously pick up the game at a lower price point and immediately figure out how they're going to avoid displaying that case. The release is reportedly scheduled for a 6th June launch and will be...
Rumour EA Working On Frostbite Engine Support For Nintendo Switch
Now the Nintendo Switch is a proven success after being on the market for nearly two years, more companies are open to the idea of porting bigger and better games to the system. Third-party industry giant EA looks as if it might also be upping its game. According to NintendoSoup, a Youtuber by the name of Doctre81 has made an...
News EA Confirms FIFA 19 FUTMAS Promotional Message On Switch "Wasn't Intended"
Nintendo players benched
Last week, news surfaced about a Christmas promotion being advertised for the Switch version of FIFA 19 that wasn't actually available within the game. The fine print underneath the original EA announcement further highlighted how these themed daily and weekly objectives were not available in the Nintendo version. Despite...
News Switch FIFA 19 Players Are Not Happy About Promotion Of FUTmas Event
Nintendo and EA under fire
Right now, there's a Christmas promotion being advertised for the Switch version of FIFA 19 that allegedly isn't available within the game. This annual event - known as 'FUTmas' - allows players to participate in squad building challenges in the game's FIFA Ultimate Team mode and unlock special rewards. What has...
Random Here's Why One Of The World's Best National Teams Isn't In FIFA 19
Must be the money?
FIFA 19 is one of the most authentic representations of the world's favourite sport that money can buy, boasting thousands of real-life players and hundreds of clubs. However, it's not entirely faithful to The Beautiful Game, because there are some odd omissions. Our friends over at Eurogamer have pointed out that Croatia -...
News EA Will Add Usain Bolt To FIFA 19 If He Can Secure A Professional Contract
The fastest footballer
You may or may not have heard the 32-year old Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt is currently trialling with the Australian club side Central Coast Mariners, who play in the nation’s top flight competition known as the A-League. After training up at multiple clubs around the world - including German powerhouse Dortmund -...
News FIFA 19 Cover Star Under Fire Following Serious Allegation, EA "Closely Monitoring" Situation
You may have heard the FIFA 19 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo - arguably one of the world's most famous sports personalities - has recently been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. The Portuguese striker, currently playing for the Italian side Juventus, has denied the accusations. In an email statement to...
News Belgian Government Launches Criminal Investigation Into EA Over "Illegal" FIFA Loot Boxes
Could end up in court
The Belgian government has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into FIFA developer EA over a potential breach of gambling laws active in the country. Earlier this year, the country's Gaming Commission declared that loot boxes present in Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and EA's FIFA 18 would...
Random Nintendo Streams PS4 Pro Ads During FIFA 19 Gamescom Demo
Nintendo has shared another new video directly from the show floor of Gamescom 2018, this time treating us to a look at the upcoming FIFA 19. Aside from admiring the lovely footage being shown off for the new Champions League mode (a first for FIFA following the expiration of the deal with Konami's PES), we couldn't help...