EA has delisted several recent FIFA games, including FIFA 23, from digital storefronts following the publisher’s rebranding of the latest entry in the franchise to EA Sports FC 24 this year. According to reports, all FIFA games from FIFA 14 to FIFA 23 are no longer purchasable on digital stores, though FIFA 22 and FIFA 23 will remain playable on the EA Play subscription service along with in-game purchases for those who previously bought the games.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, EA has delisted most FIFA games from 14 to 23 ahead of the release of the recently rebranded EA Sports FC 24, which was a result of Electronic Arts no longer retaining the FIFA license. According to the company, this now allows them to add several leagues and players that they couldn’t acquire under the FIFA branding. FIFA is also planning on making its own games but we haven’t heard anything regarding the new title yet.
Fortunately, you’ll still be able to play both FIFA 22 and FIFA 23 via the EA Play library. In-game purchases for those games will still be available, though only reserved for players who bought the game. As for the older titles, they will no longer be purchasable on all digital storefronts including the PlayStation and Xbox stores but can still be played if you own physical copies of the past games.
The changes are quite sudden as EA hasn’t released any official statement or warning regarding the removal of several FIFA games from digital stores. Per the details revealed on the Steam page of FIFA 23‘s PC port, it was delisted “at the request of the publisher” and will no longer appear in search results.
That said, if you still plan on playing older FIFA titles, the only way to play or purchase them now is in retail stores that sell physical copies. Unfortunately, players won’t be able to make in-game purchases on past games anymore. If you purchased previous games digitally, you can still access them as long as they’re in your library.
Source: Video Games Chronicle