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FIFA has long been destined for cross-play support, but EA Sports has been very reluctant to do it up to now despite huge support among players in the run-up to FIFA 22's release.
Cross-platform gaming has become more and more common over the last 12 months and it seems that almost every other gaming franchise is now supporting it.
Intriguingly, there are numerous EA games that feature cross-play, so there is no reason why FIFA 22 should be any different.
A year down the line from the release of the next-gen consoles, could now finally be the time to give cross-play the green light on FIFA?
We've yet to see EA incorporate cross-platform gaming into their hit football sim, but players are desperate for it to happen.
At the moment, though, there is no news as to whether FIFA 22 will support it or not.
But fear not, there is a lot of evidence that suggests it could happen, while there is also a lot that suggests it couldn't.
In the build-up to the release of FIFA 21, EA shut down rumours of cross-play fairly swiftly, addressing the question over on social media with the following comment.
"You won't be able to play across console generation or cross-play in FIFA 21."
You won't be able to play across console generations or cross-play in #FIFA21.
However, you will be able to carry over your FUT progression from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox 1 to Xbox Series X. https://t.co/mUqU3zcAud
- FIFA Direct Communication (@EAFIFADirect) August 10, 2020
Taking all that into account, though, Need For Speed Heat is an EA game recently implemented cross-platform play, so EA doesn't seem to be totally against the idea.
In terms of FIFA, however, there would be a number of features that would remain console-specific though - the likes of the Weekend League competitions, for example, to ensure there is a clear divide between PlayStation and Xbox for ranking purposes.
The likes of FUT Friendlies and Pro Clubs could well be on the cross-play agenda, though.
If cross-play does become available in FIFA 22, chances are it will work with every mode except Ultimate Team.
With the transfer market so heavily saturated on both PlayStation and Xbox, things do start to get complicated, as the market would have to merge into one unified space.
For now, though, we'll just have to wait, see and hope.