FIFA 22 is just two months away from its release date and some new decisions made by EA about the game aren't being looked upon fondly by the FIFA community, especially PC players. There has been mixed emotions in the FIFA player base of late due to the lack of features that PC players will be receiving this year.
The PC version of FIFA 22 will limit players to one game activation per system. If you've purchased the game on one PC, then you cannot get another copy on any of your other PCs. If you plan to buy the game on Steam, you will be limited to just one copy on your PC. This statement also seen on FIFA 22's Steam page, but it seems that the "1 machine activation limit" line has been removed since its discovery.
This is clearly an attempt to steer the players towards EA's own game launcher - Origin. Te Origin version of the game isn't limited to the same one copy per machine rule. This isn't the first time EA has attempted such a foul DRM practice. EA has a reputation for such anti-gamer policies, like allowing only a five-time activation limit on several games, such as Dead Space 2.
The major issue with this DRM activation rule is that if you change your PC or upgrade the motherboard, you will have to repurchase FIFA 22. This is because the DRM is usually associated with the motherboard, in order to get the system's identification information.
And, as if things weren't bad enough for PC players already, the PC version of FIFA 22 won't be getting any of the game's next-gen features, such as their new highly marketed HyperMotion technology.
#FIFA22, Powered by Football
With new HyperMotion Technology, welcome to a revolution in
football gameplay. 🎮⚽
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) July 11, 2021
According to Aaron McHardy, executive producer at EA, this was done to ensure that everyone is able to play the game regardless of their hardware.
When we looked at what generation to put the PC game on, we looked at our fans and what capabilities they had with the hardware they have. We have that information to understand what the power of the PCs out there in the world are. When we looked at that, in order to run the gen five game, our min spec would have been at a spot that would have left a lot of people out in the cold not being able to play the game
While we do understand where EA is coming from, it is still very unfortunate that players with high-end rigs will not be able to enjoy the maximum next-gen features the game has to offer.
Did we mention that the game's Standard Edition won't come with a free next-gen upgrade if you've bought the game on PS4 or Xbox One? Yeah, you'll need to buy the Ultimate Edition to be able to do that.
It will just be PS5 and Xbox Series X owners that can rejoice, being able to play the new and improved FIFA 22 with Hypermotion technology and more realistic animations.