The World Cup mode wasn’t supposed to launch until later this year, ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar.
As spotted by Eurogamer, screenshots have begun to emerge on social media from players on PlayStation 5. Fans are able to access the FIFA 23 World Cup content, and while none of the menu options are yet functional, they are still able to get an early look at the upcoming DLC.
EA’s mistake has revealed that the World Cup mode will feature four game modes: FIFA World Cup Live, FIFA World Cup Kick-Off, Online Tournament and FIFA World Cup 2022.
The mode will also include a total of 48 teams – 16 more than the actual World Cup’s roster of 32 teams. We don’t know yet who the additional 16 teams are, but FIFA has in the past allowed players to put their own country in the tournament bracket via a custom World Cup mode.
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This is just the latest slip-up in what has been a somewhat rocky (if still incredibly successful, financially speaking) launch for EA. Just earlier this week, EA mistakenly released a FIFA 23 Hero Pack that tanked the game’s economy, offering players a rare FIFA Ultimate Team Hero tradeable item at a heavily reduced rate of 25,000 coins – the items are sometimes worth millions of coins.
Still, FIFA is more popular than ever – FIFA 23 is the franchise’s biggest launch to date, with EA confirming that over 10.3million players were registered on FIFA 23 within the first week.
Issues aside, the game itself is a success too, as Jeremy Abbott’s four star review for NME notes, as he celebrated “a new era of women’s representation” in the game with the inclusion of The Barclays FA Women’s Super League and France D1 Arkema.
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