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EA Sticks With Loot Boxes For FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

Fifa 23 Loot Boxes

EA has confirmed it’s sticking with loot boxes for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

EA echoed many of its recent comments on Ultimate Team’s card packs, which have come under fire from children’s groups and researchers in recent years for their links to gambling, and from players for enabling pay-to-win in competitive modes.

“We wholeheartedly believe that Ultimate Team and FUT Packs, which have been part of the game for more than a decade, are a part of FIFA that players love – fans love that the game reflects the real-world excitement and strategy of building and managing a squad. Giving players the choice to spend if they want to is fair,” EA’s statement reads.

Last month, the UK government stopped short of taking action on loot boxes, despite finding that players who buy loot boxes are “more likely to experience gambling, mental health, financial and problem gaming-related harms”.

Instead, the government said it does not consider loot boxes to be the same as gambling, and as a result will not make changes to the Gambling Act.

While the government called for stronger protections from across the entire industry and insisted it “will not hesitate to consider legislation if companies do not bring in sufficient measures to keep players safe”, its decision on loot boxes contrasts that of a number of European countries that have brought loot boxes under gambling laws.

For the uninitiated Ultimate Team, which drives hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for EA each year(doesn’t take a lot of imagination to know why EA will be sticking with loot boxes for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team), revolves around the idea of building a squad of players, which you then use to play in matches, both offline and online.

There are a number of ways you can obtain players in the game, but one of the main methods is through packs of virtual cards. These card packs contain a random assortment of items, including players of varying potency you then use out on the pitch. Generally, the better the player, the lower your chance of obtaining them from a pack. Although they’re not described as such in-game, Ultimate Team’s card packs are loot boxes.

You can buy the card packs with either a virtual currency called FUT Coins, which is earned mostly through gameplay, or with a virtual currency called FIFA Points, which is bought with real-world money.

Fifa 23 officially drops on September 30th.

 

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FIFA 23 Leak: Major Changes Coming for Ultimate Team

FIFA 23 LEAK

Ultimate Team will be receiving some new content this year, with new Icons and FUT Heroes being added to the roster. It also appears FIFA 23 fans will see a significant shift in a major core feature, after it was revealed that Ultimate Team’s position change functionality is set for a reset.

According to respected FUT leakers, FIFA 23 will overhaul how position modifiers work, an Ultimate Team feature that has gone untouched for years.

In FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, as well as previous releases, position changes are restricted. Cards can be packed or bought to alter a player’s positioning, such as converting a LM to LW, or CAM to CM.

This is all set to change in FIFA 23 if the leaks are to be believed. The information that was leaked states that FUT 23 players will have secondary positions that they can play in, based on how they play in real life.

This would mean that a winger that has also been deployed through the middle can be converted to a striker, which if true opens up tons of options for squad building and chemistry links.

Changes will be still be achieved through an in-game consumable, but it will be a generic card instead of a specific position switch.

We’ll have to wait for the first in-depth trailer to see the change in action, and fans will be able to try it for themselves during the FIFA 23 beta.

 

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Report: Big Changes Coming to FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

FIFA 23 Leaks

Rumors and leaks are pointing towards the popular game mode being set for big changes to the chemistry system in FUT 23.

Players Ultimate Team squads are typically limited by two things, the amount of coins they have and their squads chemistry. The latter can impact the ability of the team if certain conditions are not met.

To build team chemistry in Ultimate Team FIFA users currently have to play their players in their correct positions, while also having links to other players in the other positions. These links include that the players play in the same league, for the same club or represent the same nation. Chemistry is rated up to a score of 100 on Ultimate Team and should the team’s chemistry be below 100, it will negatively impact all of the players on the team, reducing their effectiveness.

Recent leaks on social media suggest that chemistry could be getting a major overhaul for FIFA 23. Reputable FIFA Ultimate Team trader @WeaverImBMW4er claims that the information he has received shows the ‘Chemistry’ system will be replaced by a new ‘Stars’ system in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

The reported changes suggest that EA will be reducing the restrictions that are in place with the current chemistry system, allowing players to be more creative with their team without taking a hit to their squads overall effectiveness.

FIFA 23 is expected to be released later this year, in what will be the last EA Sports FIFA title.

 

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FIFA 23 Update: Will Look Familiar Despite the Upcoming Name Change

FIFA 23

EA FC is coming after FIFA 23 but for now its status quo.

EA Sports and FIFA decided to end their nearly thirty-year partnership, announcing the decision earlier this week. Instead, EA will rebrand the franchise as EA Sports FC.

FIFA 23 will be the final game that EA and FIFA will release as part of the partnership. Considering the recent news, and given that a FIFA World Cup is happening in 2022, players are wondering if FIFA 23 will have a World Cup mode.

FIFA 23 World Cup mode

In a blog post announcing some of their upcoming plans for the franchise, EA confirmed that FIFA 23 will have World Cup content. So despite the uncertainty surrounding the long-term changes to the franchise, players now know they’ll get their fill of World Cup content in FIFA 23.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup is also on the horizon, it will be played in the winter as opposed to the summer. This means that FIFA 23 could launch with World Cup content.

Ultimate Team World Cup content in FIFA 23

There is very little information out right now on FUT 23 content. In FIFA 2018, World Cup content was added to the game as a free downloadable add-on. We can expect something similar in FIFA 23 and probably more.

In FIFA 2018, Ultimate Team underwent a World Cup makeover, and fans are clearly excited at the prospect of a World Cup Ultimate Team mode in FIFA 23. We are almost certain to see special World Cup packs at multiple points throughout the year.

 

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