The FIFA 23 World Cup update has been announced and will officially arrive on November 9th for free across all platforms except Nintendo Switch. EA Sports also shared a new trailer for the update, which details the new content in the Ultimate Team World Cup event and various other game modes.
This update allows you to play as one of the 32 qualifying nations in a World Cup remake. You can still customize competitions and change groups to include teams that can’t qualify. You can play the knockout stage as a qualified country in online tournament mode.
FIFA World Cup: Live is the ultimate mode in the dedicated World Cup hub, where you can experience matches with real tables and results. This allows you to select current or past games and replay them to get different results. These matches can be played with AI, local, or online friends. It will be updated from November 21 to December 18.
There is no Ultimate Team exclusive mode this time around. However, World Cup content will be available in regular FUT, including new kits, stadium designs, goals, and match-based player items.
There are also 30 World Cup Heroes cards in FUT, each with a custom “Hero” World Cup-themed skin. EA has stated that once the quarter-finals kick-off, they will release “World Cup FUT Phenoms” to improve the performance of “football’s brightest stars.”
After the World Cup, EA will release teams for tournaments and reward players with permanent boost items. Finally, the developers will add two official 2022 World Cup stadiums to the game with the update. This includes Lusail Stadium, the stadium that will host the final match.
One thing that should be mentioned is the lack of a Nintendo Switch version of this update. The reason for this is the same as the other recent versions of FIFA on Switch; FIFA 23 is a “Legacy Edition” on the Nintendo Switch. This means that it’s nearly identical to FIFA 22 Legacy Edition and doesn’t feature significant changes.
The FIFA 23 World Cup update will release on November 9th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.