EA Sports FIFA 23 hit stores last week and it looks like the game is shaping up to be perhaps one of the most successful entries in the franchise. FIFA 23’s launch saw over 10.3 million players within the first week, signalling the biggest launch period in the franchise’s history.
The critical reception to the game has been largely positive as well with many praising the incremental changes to the gameplay. The game will be the last entry in the EA Sports football franchise to have the “FIFA” license, and that could be one of the reasons why the game has hit the ground running with the fans.
The game will be supported post-launch by EA as the publisher has confirmed there will be updates coming to the game’s women’s club football content.
FIFA 23 On Track to Become One of the Biggest Games in 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 Nick Wlodyka, SVP, GM of EA SPORTS FC.
The launch numbers could also have been helped in a major way through sales on the Epic Games Store in India, in particular. The game was accidentally listed for Rs 4.95 for a brief period of time, during which several players were able to purchase it. Epic agreed to honor all Rs 5 purchases – and even though the listing wasn’t up for long, it certainly could’ve helped pump numbers just a bit.
Additionally, EA Sports has, for the first time in franchise history, including a bunch of crossover content – including a Marvel collab for FUT and the inclusion of Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond as selectable Manager and Team. The game is developed by EA Vancouver and Romania and is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.