For better or worse, EA and FIFA will continue their current love affair, as the two entities extend their licensing agreement until 2022. Well, the end of 2022, to be more exact.
This means that every FIFA game up until December 31, 2022, will continue to be published through Electronic Arts. Of course, EA is pretty happy with the deal, and EA SPORTS Executive VP Andrew Wilson released the following statement:
“EA SPORTS released the first FIFA-branded soccer game in 1993, and 20 years later our partnership with FIFA continues to be very strong.
“Our franchise has become the benchmark for quality and innovation in the sports videogame genre, and we look forward to many more years of connecting with consumers around the world with our games carrying the prestigious FIFA name.”
As for FIFA, the association's secretary general Jérôme Valcke states:
“Our relationship with EA SPORTS is of high importance to FIFA. The FIFA videogames are a key experiential component in our work to communicate the FIFA brand and its values all over the world. This is highlighted by the 2.5 million football fans that have competed in this year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup, which is just one example of the power of our partnership with EA.”
FIFA 14 was officially unveiled back in April, and aims for a Fall 2013 release. New gameplay features were detailed, including improved physics (of course) for more realism and accuracy. We'll no doubt be seeing the title showcased at this year's E3, so brace yourselves, soccer lovers. Prepare your bodies for seven more years of FIFA.