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FIFA 23 World Cup Game Mode: Ultimate Team, Release Date, Price

FIFA 23 World Cup Game Mode: Ultimate Team, Release Date, Price
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Written by 

Harry Boulton

Posted 

21st Jul 2022 15:36

After four long years of waiting, the FIFA 23 World Cup game mode is back, and in a dual format too. The World Cup is one of the most exciting times to be a football fan, and that certainly translates to FIFA, as the game integrates many different ways to celebrate the competition. So, if you're wanting to find out all about the FIFA 23 World Cup game mode, make sure to carry on reading down below.

FIFA 23 World Cup Game Mode Details

FIFA 23 World Cup Game Mode Details

While we don't know a huge amount about the FIFA 23 World Cup game mode beyond a few initial details, we can make a good guess based on editions that have appeared in previous FIFA games. 

The main thing that we do know so far though is that it will be a dual World Cup feature, including both the 2022 Men's World Cup in Qatar, and the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

This is the case for two reasons. Firstly, the addition of women's national teams and FIFA 23 women's clubs in the upcoming edition have afforded the inclusion of the Women's World Cup, which is an exciting addition to the game that will hopefully continue. However, the unprecedented occurrence of a winter Men's World Cup this year means that both can be included in the same game cycle, where otherwise they would remain a year apart.

It is unclear whether both will occur at the same time in-game, with EA pushing the women's World Cup forward to the winter to match the earlier timing of the Men's, but you really can't complain about getting double the amount of content.

Additionally, it looks like we will be getting a new set of World Cup themed FIFA 23 Heroes for the Ultimate Team game mode. EA has announced that all Hero cards in the game will receive a shiny new World Cup themed variant to accompany the release of the new game mode.

Looking back at the World Cup mode in FIFA 18, we can see that there was a bespoke tournament designed exclusively to replicate the feeling of the 2018 World Cup, including all the official stadiums, and every team and player competing for the title.

Furthermore, one of the biggest additions to the game was the World Cup mode in Ultimate Team, which completely shifted how the game was played and proved an exciting end to the year. 

In this mode, there was no transfer market, and players could only be obtained through packs, but all your coins were carried over from the standard Ultimate Team experience. Furthermore, Man of the Match special cards were released after every stage of the tournament, bringing an exciting parallel with what was happening in real life.

While we are likely to see something vaguely along these lines, it will be very interesting to see what EA does in regard to the World Cup being in the winter, as that is less than halfway through the game's cycle. It will probably be more akin to the traditional Ultimate Team promos that we know and love today, but just lasting the length of the tournament with multiple special and potentially dynamic cards being released.

 

When Does The FIFA 23 World Cup Game Mode Start?

FIFA 23 World Cup release date

While there doesn't appear to have been an official FIFA 23 World Cup release date announced, we can make the assumption that it will start on or around November 11. This date is sourced from the release of the World Cup variants of the FUT heroes, which EA explicitly states will start to be released at that time. 

Furthermore, it is expected to be around mid-November, as the World Cup itself commences November 21, so they will either want to do some lead-up content, or release it on November 18, which is the Friday before the World Cup starts.

Will The FIFA 23 World Cup Game Mode Be Free?

FIFA 23 World Cup price

Thankfully the FIFA 23 World Cup game mode will be completely free, operating as post-launch content updates as opposed to any paid expansions or DLC. If it does arrive in Ultimate Team in the form of a traditional promo, you will still likely see certain cards released into packs that you can pay for, but it will most definitely be entirely free of any required costs.

So, that's all the information we know at the moment about the FIFA 23 World Cup game mode, but make sure to stay tuned in the future as we will update you with any new details as and when we find out more. If you're looking for more general details about the FIFA 23 release date, however, make sure to read our guide for that.

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