One of the most important choices for EA Sports FC 24 fans is the choice of edition they buy.
Is it worth splashing out on the Ultimate edition with all of its extra features?
Or is the Standard edition enough?
The Sporting News helps you decide.
EA Sports FC 24 Standard vs. Ultimate Editions
The features of each edition of FC 24 are listed below.
|Ultimate edition||Standard edition|
|Base game||Base game|
|Dual entitlement||Dual entitlement|
|Ultimate Team’s cover star loan player item for 10 Ultimate Team matches||Ultimate Team’s cover star loan player item for 10 Ultimate Team matches|
|Two Ambassador loan player pick items for five Ultimate Team matches||Two Ambassador loan player pick items for five Ultimate Team matches|
|One Clubs unlocked playstyles slot||One Clubs unlocked playstyles slot|
|Additional Player Career personality points||Additional Player Career personality points|
|One Manager Career five-star coach available for hire||One Manager Career five-star coach available for hire|
|Up to seven days of early access|
|4,600 FC Points in Ultimate Team|
|Access to Nike’s Ultimate Team campaign|
|TOTW 1 Ultimate Team player item|
|Nike Ultimate Team loan player item for 24 Ultimate Team matches and Nike x EA Sports FC kit|
|Untradeable UCL/UWCL Hero (limited offer for those who pre-order by Aug. 22)|
EA Sports FC 24 price in different regions
|Edition||US price||UK price||Australia price|
EA Sports FC 24 release date
An international release date of September 29, 2023 has been set for FC 24.
Fans are able to pre-order the game now, though.
It will be made available this year on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
EA FC Mobile is also set to be released on September 26, 2023.
EA Sports FC 24 devices and consoles
FC 24 will be available on the following consoles and devices:
- PS5, PS4
- Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
- Nintendo Switch
You can pre-order FC 24 on the above platforms ahead of the game's release.
EA Sports FC 24 new features
Fresh technology brings more detail to FC 24
Player capture technology has come a long way in sports video games.
EA Sports previously brought players into studios, using skin-tight motion capture suits to analyse movement before inserting it into the game.
Now, they’ve moved to a new volumetric capture technology - labelled HyperMotion V - which uses artificial intelligence to extract data directly from match footage.
FC 24 uses video from the Premier League, La Liga and both the UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League to create a highly-detailed experience.
“Now we have access to the best players in the world competing at the highest possible level, and that gives us basically the top of the top in terms of motion,” senior producer at EA Sports, Sam Rivera, told The Sporting News.
“And when you put that motion in the game, the game right away starts feeling more tactical, more authentic and better replicates what happens in real football.”
For previous editions of the game, EA Sports would spend several hours manually updating movements for individual players.
This new technology, however, enables them to tap into a larger amount of data.
“Some things are now easier because we have a lot of data, and we can do a lot of stuff with that data that we couldn't before,” Rivera explained.
“However, it wasn't necessarily an easy implementation, because you need to be able to handle a lot of data and you need to have artificial intelligence systems to take advantage of the data.
“So it took years to get here. But now it's something that we're very, very proud of.”
The technology will be available to users on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Changes made to Ultimate Team as women’s football continues its rise
The recent FIFA Women’s World Cup has propelled women’s football to new heights, and EA Sports have made notable efforts to align with these developments in their newest game.
Their fresh volumetric capture technology enables male and female players to be represented in-game to the same level of detail.
Female players have also been included in the Ultimate Team game mode for the first time ever, allowing users to create sides that combine the best male and female talents.
Naturally, this move has raised questions regarding the implementation of different physical and skill attributes.
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Rivera, however, is confident users will enjoy crafting sides on Ultimate Team that feature both male and female players.
“Women's football is more and more popular. We also want to make sure that in our game, they're well represented ... so that's why we're going this route [and including them in Ultimate Team],” he said.
“[Male and female players] will have different advantages in terms of gameplay … if you have two players, one male and one female, if they have the same attributes, the same height and the same weight, they will behave exactly the same. So there's no difference.
“Of course, there are tendencies for women in multiple cases to be lighter, but that means they will be good at different actions - they can be more agile, faster, and more explosive.
“So it really depends on what position you are looking to build in your team.
“And even in positions where you generally have taller, stronger players like for the centre-back, you can still have shorter ones - they can be more agile and better at jockeying.
“So in reality, we expect to see teams with a good combination of male and female players.”
Ultimate Team will be one of several game modes available on FC 24, sitting alongside the likes of Kick-off, Training Ground, Career Mode, Seasons Online and VOLTA.
Balancing act: Catering to every player in FC 24
One of the major challenges for any sports video game franchise is the balancing act of simultaneously pleasing casual fans and hardcore players.
Rivera explained that EA constantly adjusts the game to ensure that it is approachable while also offering the detail and customisation required to satisfy serious gamers.
“We have one gameplay engine, and it has to be accessible and fun for all the different types of players that we have,” he said.
“So what we do is we have people looking and talking to those different types of players.
“Every year we try to make changes so the game is easier and so you can still play and have fun without having to know all the different mechanics … there’s a lot of research.
"We talk a lot as well to the pro players and the hardcore players, and we introduce new tools every year to try to give them more control.
“We create more depth in the mechanics that they can take advantage of and basically be more competitive.”
For FC 24, experienced players are set to benefit from a few key upgrades.
Developers have added new tools for dribbling that allow you to transition between different speeds - including jogging and sprinting - while keeping the ball close.
Users will also be able to ask their player to secure the ball as quickly as possible to prevent getting tackled, with improved passing controls another important gameplay tweak.