We all know the phrase “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”. It applies to a lot of things in life, but it’s used quite often when it comes to getting a deal – or a perceived a. The phrase surely came to mind for many gamers when EA’s pre-order listing of FIFA 23 was going for the equivalent of just $0.06 on the Epic Games Store. In reality, the extreme discount was a complete accident, but EA is willing to swallow the cost and allow snipers to keep their bounty.
As Comicbook reports, the pricing error occurred on the Epic Games Store’s Indian storefront, where the pre-order listing for FIFA 23 on PC was incorrectly listed for less than 5 Indian Rupees (0.06 USD). Full Squad Gaming took to Twitter to post a screenshot an email from Electronic Arts and Epic Games Store with acknowledgment of receipt of the flub.
raise the dust
The post shows EA mocking itself, describing the incident as scoring “a pretty spectacular own goal”. Additionally, the post confirms the decision to let users who picked up copies at this price keep the game without penalty.
In the past, we’ve seen games released either at the wrong price or even at the wrong time. However, in these cases, the publishers quickly revoked the licenses for these copies. So this turn of events is remarkable for EA. After all, this is a company that has become known for siphoning off customer money at every opportunity.
When FIFA 23 hits the field on September 22, the PC version will include the next-gen version of the game, unlike some previous releases. This will include the new Hypermotion 2 animation engine, enabling better visuals as well as new and improved game modes and mechanics. The PC edition of FIFA 23 will also support cross-play with consoles.
A grand finale
This upcoming release marks the last time a Fifa game is outside the domain of EA. The two companies parted ways after several years of EA’s sole ownership of the FIFA license for video games. However, EA’s “FIFA” heritage, as well as its technology, will be adapted under the EA Sports FC label for future releases. The first look at the future of the series will come in July 2023.
EA reportedly cited high FIFA licensing fees as a reason for ending the partnership. With that in mind, it’s almost ironically amusing that – at least for a handful of people – this landmark final release from EA Fifa is put to pasture for a few centimes.