FIFA 23 Is Getting Its World Cup 2022 Mode Next Week, But Switch Owners Will Be Left Out


FIFA 23 will be getting its free FIFA World Cup 2022 update on November 9, 2022, and will bring with it the teams of the 32 qualified nations into an authentic experience.

The FIFA World Cup update will arrive on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC, but, unfortunately, FIFA 23 Legacy Edition on Switch will not be getting the update.

Instead, Switch owners will be left with the standard version of the game that we gave a 2/10 when it was released. FIFA Mobile players, on the other hand, will get to jump in a day early on November 8.

FIFA 23 players will get to play as any of the 32 qualified nations from the upcoming World Cup, and the entire tournament will be playable. Furthermore, players will be able to customize the tournament to their liking, meaning they can change groups and substitute in select teams that didn't make it to the finals.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 update will also have an Online Tournament Mode that will let players pick a nation and fight through the Knockout Stage to win it all.

From November 21 – December 18, FIFA World Cup: Live will be a live experience that will be updated throughout the actual Group and Knockout stages of the real-life World Cup tournament. This will be seen in updated fixtures and squads for each game as they were in the tournament. If an outcome of a game was not what you were hoping for, you will also have the chance to rewrite history and guide your team to victory.

Your FIFA World Cup is another way to experience the tournament, and it will let players choose a nation and pick a starting point anywhere in the World Cup. As they progress, the line-ups, match stats, and standings will mirror the actual tournament, providing an authentic single-player experience.

To help with the immersion of the mode, there will also be "authentic stadium dressings, match ball, additional player head scans, the iconic trophy, and two stadiums including the venue for the Final." FIFA World Cup commentary, visuals, and cinematics will also be part of the package.

FIFA Ultimate Team will be joining in on the fun as well with the "World Cup Path to Glory" event that will run from November 11-23 and will feature 30 "unique World Cup Heroes, presented in a custom World Cup-themed Hero shell."

Additionally, the biggest stars of the World Cup will be chosen for the Team of the Tournament and will come complete with permanently boosted items.

EA also teased that "the excitement will continue" for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023," and more updates will be shared in the future.

If you want to see if FIFA 23 is worth it for the World Cup update, be sure to check out our review.

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