Blink and you’ve missed it. A pre-purchase for FIFA 23 recently went on sale in India for as low as 4.80 rupees on Epic Games Store which is around $0.06 USD.
This was later announced to be a pricing error as the highly anticipated FIFA 23 is meant to be on sale at 3,499 Indian rupees (INR), which is around $44.17 USD.
The error in pricing saw a 99.86% discount on one of the most expensive video games ever, and it wasn’t even for the normal version of FIFA 23, it was for the Ultimate Edition which should cost 4,799 INR, bringing the discount to 99.98%.
And there’s good news for every gamer that was able to close the purchase before Epic were able to close the offer. In an email from EA, everyone who purchased the game at the aforementioned discount will get to keep it. “A few weeks back, we scored a pretty spectacular own-goal when we inadvertently offered FIFA 23 pre-purchase on the Epic Games Store at an incorrect price,” EA wrote in the letter. “It was our mistake, and we wanted to let you know that we’ll be honoring all pre-purchases made at that price.”
PC users that were not able to take advantage of the unbelievable discount can at least take heart that FIFA 23’s PC version isn’t the last-gen console version like FIFA 22 was. It’ll be the same with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S version with the same trademarked features.
However, users will also be paying the current-gen console price of $70 in the US and £60 in the UK, which is now the new normal for multi-platform games pricing.
The price of FIFA games has also gone up in India between FIFA 22 and FIFA 23, from 2,999 to 3,499 INR for the standard version, and 4,299 to 4,799 INR for the Ultimate Edition.
Although EA did not reveal how many users bought the game at a 99.98% discount, it might not have been significant as the pricing error was detected quickly.
The end of FIFA
FIFA 23 will be the last EA game to carry the FIFA name after the video game publishers parted ways with FIFA due to a disagreement over fees. What should be FIFA 24 will now be entitled EA Sports FC.
EA will release FIFA 23 on September 30 for all next-gen consoles.