The free-to-play model associated with a Game as a Service structure is certainly not new, and more and more big names are looking at this type of project even for some of the most important franchises in the sector. In this sense, the future of football video games could be completely free-to-play.
This is the scenario outlined by Donk, a very well-known and trusted insider, especially for the EA Sports franchise. In a tweet in many ways passed on the sly, Donk confirms that the next chapter of the series, FIFA 23, will be free-to-play with full cross-play support. Obviously, it is only a rumor, but we must admit that it would certainly not be unthinkable, indeed.
If this were the case, we would face a change one year later than PES. The Konami series will already adopt the free-to-play structure with its eFootball this year in a choice that has made several long-time fans turn up their noses. On a purely economic level, it could prove to be very apt for the Japanese company.
Returning to the possible free-to-play FIFA 23, already now FIFA owes almost all of its success to FUT and microtransactions, and going beyond the canonical full price would certainly not be an absurd choice.
Remembering that FIFA 22 will be available from October 1st, what do you think of this rumor? Is the future of football increasingly free-to-play?