FIFA 23 is almost upon us, and with a release date of 30 September, footballing fans are waiting with anticipation to get their hands on the latest - and last - iteration of the game.
Each year’s instalment of the long-running sporting franchise brings a number of interesting changes to its already solid bedrock of authentic virtual football, and this year is no different.
This year’s instalment promises to be the most complete edition of the series to date with a greater emphasis on women’s football and further development in the gameplay to create the most authentic football gaming experience.
And the developments to EA’s “HyperMotion” technology mean that the game will feature more than 6000 authentic animations; this means we can expect to see improvements in shooting animations, and more realism in the way that goalkeepers react to in-game scenarios.
But big changes are afoot in FIFA Ultimate Team too, FIFA’s most popular game mode. FUT will have a whole new, updated Chemistry system which will provide more flexibility in the way players put together their teams.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
How does the new Chemistry system work in FUT?
FUT’s Chemistry system determines how well a team of seemingly disparate players work together in a squad.
It takes into account a number of factors to simulate the relationships between any two players from FIFA’s deep roster of international names, and determine how those relationships would impact on-pitch communication and, in turn, how well a group of players work as a team.
The better your squad’s chemistry, the more likely they are to perform well on the field.
A number of changes have been made to the system for FIFA 23, and they can be broken down into six key points:
- Players can earn up to 3 Chemistry Points by having players of the same Nationality/Region, League and Club in your Starting XI.
- Positional links have been completely removed, and your Players can now link regardless of their position on the pitch.
- Players have preferred and alternate positions.
- Overall Squad Chemistry has been removed, so you only need to focus on building individual Chemistry for each player.
- We’ve removed the negative impact to Attributes caused by low Chemistry, so players will always play with at least their Item’s Attributes.
- The Loyalty system has been removed.
Further to the above, players substituted into a FUT match will receive no Attribute boost from the Chemistry system.
In FUT 23, negative Attributes have also been abolished - this means that they will perform at their base Attributes even at 0 Chemistry.
It’s also worth remembering that once a FUT match has begun, any modifications made to formations, tactics or player positions via team management will have no effect on the Chemistry of your Starting XI players.
For and in depth breakdown of how the new Chemistry system works in FIFA 23, head to EA’s dedicated Pitch Notes page.
When are the Web and Companion Apps released?
The FIFA 23 Web App will be available on Wednesday 21 September, according to EA. The FIFA 23 Companion App will release just one day later, on Thursday 22 September.
As for what times the apps will release, EA has not confirmed this, but considering the last two years’ equivalent apps released at 6pm BST, we can expect a similar release window in 2022.
For more information on the app’s head to NationalWorld’s explainer here.
When is FIFA 23 released?
FIFA 23 will be released for everybody on Friday 30 September - however, as in previous years, there will be a number of ways for select players to gain early access to the game.
Those who have preordered FIFA 23’s Ultimate Edition, or are subscribers to the EA Play subscription service, will be able to play the game a few days early, from Tuesday 27 September.
Until then, you can get ahead of the competition by tinkering with your FUT squads through the game’s Web and Companion Apps, which will soon be available.