To say that the release of every new iteration of the FIFA video game series is eagerly anticipated would be a massive understatement. Even before the title is released, there are millions of ardent followers seeking out any relevant information in relation to new features and, even more importantly, the latest ratings of their favorite players.

EA Sports FIFA series is such a success that it’s also been a prominent part of the e-sports industry for a number of years, and you can back your favorite gaming teams via sports betting apps in New York and beyond. FIFA 23 has the additional pull of being the last year that the game will be partnered with soccer’s world governing body, with the future games being renamed EA Sports FC and no doubt will be an entirely different ball-game. 

The FIFA series has run for 20 years and sold over 325 million copies worldwide; and it’s the benchmark when it comes to super-realistic and hugely enjoyable sports simulations, and it’s now an iconic part of the video gaming universe. 

Every release is a production in itself, and EA Sports have become adept at drip-feeding its promotional material in an expert fashion. Earlier this month, they released an 11-minute teaser video that showed just what FIFA 23 had to offer.

Over the course of the video, you get to see the advances in gameplay as well as many other aspects that have suitably wowed the masses. It also came with some leaked ratings of star players.

Among those being Karim Benzema, who played a huge part in guiding Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League glory. The experienced forward is also a big favorite to land the Ballon d’Or due to his outstanding efforts in 2021/22. 

We know now, for instance, that the French veteran has moved up to a 91 rating as well as the ratings for pretty much every Chelsea star, and spoiler alert, while Edouard Mendy, Reece James, and Trevor Chabolah have all improved in terms of their scores, most of their team-mates have gone in the other direction.

The game is released on the 30th of September and is sure to be a big success, and new features, such as the “intelligent dribbling” system, are bound to lead to much discussion among those who idolize the game and have done so for two decades now.

The new version is cleverly looking to expand the women’s soccer element a great deal, which is well-timed given the success of the 2022 European Championships, and in the men’s game, Juventus have now returned to the game having previously not been available for the past few years due to a rights issue.

The game will be released on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC, as well as PS4. There is also a legacy version for the Nintendo Switch, and it’s speculated that a demo version will land around September 14th, giving you a couple of weeks to try things out ahead of the full launch.