FIFA has been one of the most popular games on Xbox and PlayStation for years. Yet there is still an important feature missing. That is now coming to an end.
The FIFA series has been around for almost 30 years. The first game came out with the name FIFA International Soccer in 1993. Back then on consoles like the Sega Megadrive, Game Boy and the SNES. After that, every year a new version came to the different platforms. Nowadays, the game is indispensable on the PlayStation and Xbox.
FIFA 22 changes
Of course, playing FIFA has changed a lot over the years. You used to play mostly the career mode, but nowadays for FIFA Ultimate Team is popular. In the latter play mode, you regularly play online against other players. Still, there was always a big disadvantage. You could only play those matches against players playing on the same console. However, that is about to change.
FIFA will in fact get with crossplay, reports creator EA. That term means that players on different consoles can compete against each other. For example, someone with a PlayStation 5 can compete online against someone with an Xbox Series X. This allows you to easily play with or against your friends who have a different console. This is already possible in several other games.
However, you still have to be patient for the feature in FIFA, because first there will be a test phase. This is for owners of a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X or S and a Google Stage. Gamers on PC, PS4 or Xbox One will be left out.
The most recent game (Image: Electronic Arts)
Also, not all game modes are included in the test. For example, it only applies to online friendly matches and online seasons. So for FIFA Ultimate, it does not apply. EA says they are doing this mainly to test the system.
Still, it’s good news that EA is finally getting started with the feature. Since it is now a test with FIFA 22, it may well be that the feature will be rolled out permanently with the next version. However, the big question is only whether the name of the game will still be the same then. EA doesn’t seem to want to pay too much for the license to FIFA anymore.