The FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition has Chelseas Sam Kerr and PSGs Kylian Mbappé on the cover, EA has revealed.
The inclusion of Kerr, who plays for Chelsea and Australias womens teams and is widely considered one of the best female footballers in the world, marks the first time a female FIFA cover athlete is included on an internationally-released version of EA Sports long-running football game.
Kerr appearing on the FIFA 23 cover wearing a Chelsea kit suggests the inclusion of Chelsea FC Women and, following that, the Womens Super League – the highest league of womens football in England – in FIFA for the first time.
The FIFA series already lets you play as women footballers, but up until now only with womens international teams via kick-off mode, the FIFA Street-style Volta mode, and Pro Clubs.
During a presentation attended by Eurogamer, line producer Matthew Lafreniere said: “This promises to be the most inclusive FIFA ever, with all-new experiences built to appeal to more players and football fans across the globe.
“On FIFA, were committed to building an equitable experience and aspiring to help grow womens football.”
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FIFA 23 is of course EAs final FIFA-titled football game. From next years game, EA will use the EA Sports FC title instead, ending a run of almost 30 years of EA-made FIFA games.