EA SPORTS recently revealed that the company is “currently exploring the idea of renaming its football games,” which means FIFA 22 could be one of the last games to bear the name of the international football governing body.
EA has worked with FIFA since the franchise’s first game, FIFA International Soccer, was released in 1993, which featured England international David Platt and Polish star Piotr Świerczewski on the cover.
Since then, the franchise has grown into one of the biggest in the world, thanks in part to the Ultimate Team mode which totally revolutionized the game and made FIFA a truly global title.
But today, EA, which develops this famous football game every year, announced that it could undergo a major change since it could no longer be called FIFA.
With FIFA 22 released on October 1, 2021, it looks like only a week later players are going to be faced with the idea that they might just be playing one of the last FIFA games in history.
In a press release issued on October 7, EA said: “Looking ahead, we are also exploring the idea of renaming our EA SPORTS football games.
“This means that we are re-examining our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all of our other official partnerships and licenses in the world of football.”
Although at the moment we do not yet know exactly what the end result of this operation will be, it is still quite strange to see EA announcing its wish to untie itself from FIFA.
However, since the naming rights agreement with FIFA is “separate” from the game’s other partnerships, it can be assumed that the game will retain most of its league, team and player licenses, although a name change happened one day.
Either way, it’s unlikely for the moment that a decision will be made on this in the near future, and therefore, we believe that the next installment should be aptly named FIFA 23.