EA has unveiled the cover for EA Sports FC 24 Ultimate Edition. It has the player’s face painted on it, which looks a little odd.
The group photo features legends like Pelé, Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham alongside current stars like Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham and Sam Kerr.
Everyone in the picture is:
Back row (left to right): Marta (Brazil), Marcus Rashford (English), Rudi Veller (Germany), Pele (Brazil), Zinedine Zidane (France), Bukayo Saka (English), Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
Third row (L to R): Mia Hamm (USA), Johan Cruyff (NED), Alex Scott (ENG), Ronaldinho (BRA), Alexandra Popp (GER), Riquelme (ARG), Didier Drogba (CIV), Lacey Santos (COL) )
Second row (L to R): Jude Bellingham (English), David Beckham (English), Vinicius Jr. (Brazil), Erling Haaland (Norway), Sam Kerr (Australia), Leah Williamson (English), Marquinhos (Brazil), Yussoufa・Moukoko (Germany)
Front row (left to right): Alexander Isak (SWE), Selma Bacha (FRA), Alexia Puteras (SPA), Virgil van Dijk (NED), Heung-Min Son (Korea), Trinity Rodman (USA), Federico Chiesa (ITA) , Enzo Fernandez (ARG)
You may have noticed that some players have funny faces. rest assured. The internet is ubiquitous and memes are already flooded. In particular, the virtual faces of Bukayo Saka, Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldinho are chosen because they are the least like their real faces or simply unintentionally hilarious.
Wait a minute… some of these players don’t even look alike 😭 pic.twitter.com/2mccOnxZoD
— Donk 🍊 (@DonkTrading) July 10, 2023
— Khaled (@5weeld_20) July 10, 2023
— Will (@willreyner) July 10, 2023
pirlo has seen things pic.twitter.com/CyZG2mWpxZ
— Markus Kirzheimer (@EliteOwNage12) July 10, 2023
— 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 (@lfcchristiann) July 10, 2023
— Sportsman (@TheSportsman) July 10, 2023
I don’t understand the difference pic.twitter.com/SZ81z2Ldbv
— Monica (@monicayxz) July 10, 2023
Pirlo is lost pic.twitter.com/3KBxHiP6zG
— Promote your game (@HypeYourGames) July 10, 2023
Prominent in their absence are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. This cover perhaps marks the passing of the torch for two of the greatest players to ever play the game, not just the series formerly known as FIFA.
Last week, a new report said that EA Sports FC will launch on September 29, 2023. Trusted leaker billbil has revealed the release date along with the expected standard and ultimate editions. Starting September 22, he’ll be given a week’s worth of early access for those who bought the more expensive version, and his 10-hour trial for EA Play subscribers. IGN reached out to EA for comment.
With EA’s FIFA gone, pressure is on EA Sports FC to continue the huge success the series has enjoyed over the years. Ahead of last year’s breakup announcement, EA boss Andrew Wilson reportedly claimed that the only value FIFA brought to the series was “four letters on the face of the box.” FIFA has promised to release its own game. .
Little else is known about EA Sports FC, but it’s unlikely to change much of the FIFA formula that has contributed so much to EA. The money-making Ultimate Team and its controversial lootboxes will continue, and EA Sports FC will retain many existing official licenses such as the Premier League.
EA will host a livestream on July 13th to reveal more details about EA Sports FC.
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