EA has removed all older FIFA games from the search results of various online stores such as Steam, Epic Games Store, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and Nintendo eShop. This is in preparation for the release of EA Sports FC 24, a new installment in the FIFA series without the FIFA brand name, on September 29, 2023.
Now, if you search for the word “FIFA” on these stores, you won’t find the game anymore. However, if you have a direct link to the game’s page (like FIFA 23 on Steam), you can still access it, but you can no longer purchase the game. There is a message stating that the game has been removed from the search results at EA’s request.
The FIFA football game series by EA was first released in 1993 (the first installment was called FIFA International Soccer without a numbered year). It has been continuously released until the latest installment, FIFA 23, in 2022, which means the brand has been around for 29 years.
EA announced that they did not renew their contract with FIFA since the beginning of 2022 and rebranded the old game as EA Sports FC. As for FIFA, they announced that they are looking for new studio partners and aim to release a new version of FIFA in 2024.
TLDR: EA has taken down all old FIFA games from online store search results and is preparing to release a new installment called EA Sports FC 24 without the FIFA branding. FIFA is looking for new studio partners and plans to release a new version in 2024.