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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: Sept. 30, 2022

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'FIFA 23' To Feature Musqueam Art, Design And Soccer Culture, Reveals Top Women's Player Ratings

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2022 @ 2:44 p.m. PDT

FIFA 23 offers unrivaled authenticity and immersion, enabling players to take to the pitch with the biggest leagues, clubs and athletes in the world of football.

The advancements to FIFA 23’s HyperMotion2 technology (only available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Stadia) and physics system have unlocked an array of new features making the gameplay experience feel more immersive than ever. Team and player movement across the pitch is more responsive, smart and authentic, whether jockeying against a defender or claiming an aerial ball against an attacker as a keeper. Players can also look forward to a new intelligent dribbling system, a more natural and fluid transition to shooting, all-new acceleration mechanics, enhanced player awareness and much more. With the debut of women’s club teams, all-new animations informed by the movement of real-life female players have been added to FIFA 23.

The most true-to-life experience of The World’s Game, FIFA 23 now features women’s club teams with Barclays Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema joining the biggest stars and teams, including 19,000+ players across 700+ teams in over 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues. FIFA 23 is the only place you can play the iconic UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamericana, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander in the same game.

Today, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band) and Electronic Arts are excited to announce a unique collaboration to feature Musqueam culture in EA Sports FIFA 23.

When the game is released, FIFA 23 players will have the opportunity to play at the Musqueam-inspired Volta Football Pitch – a fictional representation of Musqueam’s real-life soccer field that has brought together Indigenous athletes and fans from across the region since its unveiling in 2012. Through this collaboration, Musqueam cultural elements were incorporated into the game, including a Musqueam longhouse and artwork from Musqueam visual artists, carvers, designers, and weavers.

Additionally, FIFA 23 players will be able to unlock Volta Football apparel and FIFA Ultimate Team™ kits, designed by Musqueam artists, along with FUT stadium customization elements that feature a variety of Musqueam motifs and patterns.

As EA Sports FIFA is primarily developed at EA Vancouver, the collaboration between EA Sports and Musqueam was an opportunity to celebrate local creatives and showcase their work to an audience of millions of fans worldwide. With the aim to create more meaningful connections within our communities, EA Sports collaborated with ten Musqueam artists, each bringing a unique perspective and design to the environments and kits that will represent the region to a global audience of the world’s game.

“Through this special collaboration with EA Sports, Musqueam is showcasing not only our unique and distinctive culture, but our thriving soccer community and love of the sport – something we share with many First Nations in this region,” said Wayne Sparrow, Chief of Musqueam Indian Band. “When Indigenous athletes and gamers see an Indigenous field and kits in FIFA 23, we hope it brings immense joy and pride, while sparking countless new ideas for collaborations between First Nations and the sports and video game industries.”

A profound love and shared passion for soccer formed the foundation for this collaboration. Proud stewards, peacekeepers, and protectors of their land, Musqueam athletes are committed to the steadfast pursuit of well-being through rigorous physical, mental, and spiritual training. Playing with heart, character-building sports like soccer are practiced from childhood to adulthood. These practices are a continuation of the intercommunity ties that have existed for thousands of years, bringing Musqueam kin into their territory.

“We are honored to work with Musqueam artists, athletes, and community leaders to help share their deep and meaningful history and culture with the millions of FIFA fans across the world,” said Nicholas Lammie, Director of Brand Marketing at EA Sports FIFA. “This collaboration was so important to our EA Vancouver Studio Team and we're incredibly excited to bring it to life in FIFA Ultimate Team and Volta Football.”

In addition to the in-game artwork, this collaboration results in a number of community contributions, including EA Sports creating physical kits for Musqueam soccer players that bring to life the in-game kits, as well as funding upgrades to the Musqueam Field including improved storage and equipment management facilities, new goals and nets, and custom tents to shelter from inclement weather.

Musqueam artists whose artwork features in FIFA 23 include:

  • Kelly Cannell - FUT Home Kit
  • Chase Gray - FUT Goalkeeper kit, FUT Away kit pattern
  • Deanna Point - FUT Stadium Cosmetics - Tifo, Centre pitch, tournament banner
  • Krista Point - VOLTA FOOTBALL - Weavings for x2 clubhouse banners + tents
  • Aleen Sparrow - VOLTA FOOTBALL - Weavings for perimeter board and wide banners
  • Brent Sparrow - VOLTA FOOTBALL - House Post
  • Debra Sparrow - VOLTA FOOTBALL - Weavings for x2 floodlight flags + Runner Sculpture
  • Kamryn Sparrow - VOLTA FOOTBALL - Pitch Artwork
  • Robyn Sparrow - VOLTA FOOTBALL - Weavings for x2 floodlight flags
  • Cole Sparrow-Crawford - VOLTA FOOTBALL - Holy Name Collection

The City of Vancouver is located on the ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. As part of its commitment to reconciliation, EA Sports aims to use its global platforms to share more Indigenous cultures with the world.

hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people have lived in British Columbia’s Fraser River estuary since time immemorial. Musqueam is a proud and culturally-resilient First Nation of over 1,300 band members. About half of its members live in a small portion of its ancestral territory known as Musqueam Reserve, located south of Marine Drive in Vancouver, BC. Many of the remaining members live throughout Musqueam’s territory, now called Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and New Westminster. Musqueam’s lands and waters continue to support its cultural and economic practices, while serving as a source of knowledge and memory, encoded with our teachings and laws.

EA Sports  also revealed the FIFA 23 ratings for the best women footballers, celebrating the skill, prowess and power of some of the top athletes taking the pitch – and the world – by storm.

With this ratings reveal, fans get a closer look at what to expect with FIFA 23’s in-depth integration of women’s club and national team football including full authentic headscanning of all WSL and D1 Feminine teams, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023™ to come as a post-launch update.

The top-rated players are listed below:

  1. Alexia Putellas, 92 – Spain Women’s National Team
  2. Sam Kerr, 91 – Chelsea
  3. Wendie Renard, 91 – Olympique Lyonnais
  4. Ada Hegerberg, 91 – Olympique Lyonnais
  5. Marie-Antoinette Katoto, 90 – Paris Saint-Germain
  6. Lucy Bronze, 90 – England Women’s National Team
  7. Alex Morgan, 90 – United States Women’s National Team
  8. Caroline Graham Hansen, 90 – Norway Women’s National Team
  9. Christiane Endler, 89 – Olympique Lyonnais
  10. Vivianne Miedema, 89 – Arsenal
  11. Beth Mead, 88 – Arsenal
  12. Kadidiatou Diani, 88 – Paris Saint-Germain
  13. Mapi León, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
  14. Irene Paredes, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
  15. Jenni Hermoso, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
  16. Alexandra Popp, 88 – Germany Women’s National Team
  17. Sandra Paños, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
  18. Amandine Henry, 88 – Olympique Lyonnais
  19. Kim Little, 88 – Arsenal
  20. Lina Magull, 87 – Germany Women’s National Team
  21. Lauren Hemp, 87 – Manchester City
  22. Grace Geyoro, 87 – Paris Saint-Germain
  23. Ashley Lawrence, 87 – Paris Saint-Germain
  24. Millie Bright, 87 – Chelsea
  25. Lieke Martens, 87 – Paris Saint-Germain

Fans can view the latest editorial rating content in the FIFA Ratings Database Hub.

When FIFA 23 launches on September 30, fans will be able to play as women’s club teams for the first time in EA Sports FIFA history as the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Division 1 Arkema with some exciting additional updates to come over the next few months. Additionally, this year HyperMotion2 brings twice as much data capture to unlock new features including women’s gameplay. Dedicated Advanced 11v11 Match Capture was used to shoot a full intensity, 11 versus 11 women’s match, delivering in-game animation that makes female players move more realistically than ever before.

EA Sports FIFA 23 features a variety of mode advancements and innovations across Career Mode, Pro Clubs, VOLTA Football, FIFA 23 Ultimate Team and more. The new Training Center coaching system will also give new and less experienced players the ability to easily learn the fundamentals of gameplay and hone their skills before jumping into a match.

For the very first time, fans will also have the opportunity to play both the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cups in the same game, with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 with more details to come at a later date. 

PS5, Xbox Series X|S Stadia, and PC versions of FIFA 23 will be cross-play compatible. PS4 and Xbox One versions of FIFA 23 will be cross-play compatible with one another.

FIFA 23 will be available worldwide on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia, PS4, and Xbox One on September 30, 2022. Early access for FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition begins on September 27, 2022.

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