Game on: EA FC 24 introduces cross-platform play for Pro Clubs
By Alex Cabal | updated On Nov 29, 2023, 3:39 PM UTC
Crossplay is a feature in video games that allows players on different platforms to play together in the same game. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as more games and platforms support this functionality. In this article, we will explore whether EA FC 24 supports crossplay.
Will EA FC 24 support Cross Play?
According to EA's announcement for EA FC 24, the game will indeed have crossplay functionality. However, there are some limitations to this feature. Just like in FIFA 23, Crossplay will only be available between users on the same generation of consoles. This means that players on Xbox One and PS4 can play together, but not with Xbox Series X/S and PS5 players.
Cross-play in EA FC 24 is supported in the following game modes:
- Online Friendlies
- Online Seasons
- Ultimate Team Play A Friend,
- Ultimate Team Online Friendlies,
- Ultimate Team Rivals
- Ultimate Team Champions
- Ultimate Team Online Draft
- Pro Clubs
- Co-Op Season,
- VOLTA Football (Arcade and Squads)
- Ultimate Team Co-Op (Squad Battles, Rivals, and Friendlies)
EA FC 24 is slated for release on September 22, 2023, with a larger global release planned for September 29. If you can't wait to experience this upcoming football title, there will be an early access beta available in late August.
Note: crossplay will not be supported on Nintendo Switch.
Is EA FC 24 Pro Clubs Cross Platform?
EA has officially announced that from launch EA FC 24, Pro Clubs will feature Cross Play for the first time. However, there are certain limits to this functionality. Similar to other games that support cross-platform play, players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC will all have the ability to compete against each other when participating in Pro Clubs. This feature will facilitate faster matchmaking, ensuring that players do not have to endure long waiting periods between games like they have in the past.
Unfortunately, as mentioned before there is one drawback to this cross-play functionality – it will not be available across different console generations. This means that if you are playing on a PS5, you can play with your next gen friends on Xbox Series X or PC, but you will not be able to join your friends who are still using a PS4 or Xbox One.
Although this may be disappointing, it is a logical decision as next-generation players would likely have an advantage over those who are still using older consoles. Furthermore, there are vast differences in gameplay when it comes to playing the game on the old consoles without Hype motion and as a result crossplay becomes impossible.
Note: For the first time ever Nintendo fans rejoice, as Pro Clubs will also be accessible on the Nintendo Switch.
How does Cross Play work in EA Sports FC 24?
The new EA Social widget allows users to easily search for players, add them to their party, and manage game invites. The widget can be found at the bottom right corner of the main menu. EA Social offers various subcategories including friends, game invites, friend requests, player search, and recently met.
In the friends menu, users can see which friends are currently online. From there, they can invite friends to join game modes or perform actions like removing, blocking, or muting friends.
The game invites menu displays recent invites received by the user. Each invite is accompanied by a pop-up message and can be accepted with just one click. Similarly, the friend requests menu shows incoming friend requests.
Using the player search feature, users can easily find and add friends by entering their EA ID or platform ID into the search bar.
Lastly, if users have encountered someone in EA Sports FC 24 and want to play with or against them again, they can find these players under the "recently met" category.
Shared Ultimate Team Transfer Market in EA FC 24
Following the introduction of cross-play, the FUT transfer market is set to undergo significant changes. In EA FC 24, it is expected that PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S will have a unified transfer market. However, PC and Nintendo Switch will continue to operate separate transfer markets, which has raised concerns within the community.
Unfortunately, PC and Nintendo Switch players have faced challenges due to higher prices and limited player availability in their respective markets. EA Sports has yet to address this issue.
EA FC 24 Release Date
The release date for EA Sports FC is set for September 29th. It will be available on many platforms including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. Gamers who pre-order the Ultimate Edition of the game will enjoy 7 days of early access.
Notably, this marks the first time in three decades that EA Sports is developing a Football game that doesn't carry the FIFA name. Dave Jackson, the Vice President of EA Sports, has expressed optimism for the future of the series.
However, the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, stated that "The new FIFA game -- FIFA 24, 25, 26, 27 and so on -- will always be the best e-game for any girl or boy".
Up until now, the FIFA organization has kept quite silent about the specifics of their forthcoming release, FIFA 25. We will need to be patient to see whether this will be a radical new football simulator that knocks EA off the throne or another catastrophe similar to eFootball.
EA FC 24 will feature Cross Play across the board in many of it's online modes, allowing players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC to compete against each other. Unfortunately, cross-play is not available across different console generations, meaning that players on PS5 cannot join their friends on PS4. Additionally, the game will be playable on the Nintendo Switch, allowing Nintendo fans to join in on the action. All in all, this is an exciting addition to the game, and one that will help to ensure faster matchmaking and a more enjoyable experience for all players.