Released from EA, FIFA 4 plans web 3.0 games using blockchain and Metaverse | Xbox One

With the FIFA saga, EA has undeniably marked the hearts of sports and video game fans by making this license a classic that affects all audiences, despite the evolution of the license. Nevertheless, the divorce between FIFA and Electronic Arts was formalized this year with a clear challenge for the international confederation: to reclaim its name in order to exploit its influence in the lucrative sector of video games. It didn’t take long to find out more clearly what FIFA’s first projects are in the world of video games.

Four web 3.0 games planned by FIFA using blockchain and metaverse

It was with the approach of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 that FIFA has just issued a press release that more clearly describes its first plans regarding games, now that Electronic Arts no longer has the rights to play. use of this prestigious license.

“Gaming and esports are among the fastest growing opportunities for FIFA as it continues to expand into new digital spaces, platforms and games that already welcome football fans to them.

The new game integrations, all designed with web 3.0 and the future of digital engagement in mind, can be played throughout the tournament, each providing a unique twist to the world’s biggest football tournament.”

We could have suspected it, but now the information has been confirmed, as FIFA will directly start the development of projects based on blockchain, metaverse or even AI.

AI League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition

We first discover the AI ​​League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition. This game developed by Altered State Machine is defined as a “casual 4v4 soccer game, played between AI-controlled characters, with player participation in fun and tactical moments”.

Altered State Machine announced that the game would launch with a 10-week prediction component. “Numerical and physical prizes” would be key for those who correctly predict real-life matches. Players who participated in the prediction game could win “four unique collectibles” that would become their AI-controlled players in the FIFA World Cup AI League.

With this first data, we could think of a Volta-like formula where you can manage and manage the team only by winning different players that the AI ​​will control.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Upland Metaverse

The second game would be made with Uplandme and would take place in Upland’s blockchain-based metaverse, where players buy and sell virtual properties. It would therefore be akin to a collaboration made with FIFA on the occasion of this World Cup 2022. Players could collect “official digital assets from the FIFA World Cup, including legendary videos of the highlights of the tournament”. Of course, a stadium and a virtual village will be present, and you can buy digital things in the village.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Phygtl

This third game is a collaboration with the mobile application Phygtl, which also focused on the metaverse if we are to believe their site (nothing specific, just teasing). According to the description, “fans can wave a golden ball from their palm to their real-world surroundings, own a limited fragment to attach and immortalize their assorted FIFA World Cup photos and videos.” on the pane”. In the words of FIFA, a “digital representation of eternal fandom”.

Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition

Finally, we discover Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition, which is said to be a “highly engaging casual social prediction game based on football cards”.

The split between FIFA and EA is still fairly recent, but it must be assumed that FIFA already had a very clear idea of ​​the direction it wanted to take for its entry into the game. was chosen given the ubiquity of the metaverse and digital collectibles (they can say NFT right now, it will go faster).

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Last May, FIFA President Gianni Infantino had this to say about FIFA’s game plans:

“I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that bears the FIFA name will be the best available for players and football fans.

The name FIFA is the only world and original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26 and so on – the constant is the name FIFA and it will forever remain and remain THE BEST.”

After presenting these first projects, it is hard to believe in FIFA’s credibility in this area, which it does not know, especially to football fans. After 30 years of partnership, EA Sport will rebrand its EA Sports FC license with “a new era in July 2023”, and finally it seems that EA is the most sensible and qualitative studio in terms of football games on the market. of course with regard to this precise context. FIFA is reportedly currently working with “leading game publishers, media companies and investors” to develop a new FIFA soccer simulation game for 2024 that would compete directly with EA Sports FC.

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