The game was released on September 2012 in most regions, and in Japan in October. The Wii U version was released alongside the console on its launch day in all regions.
Lionel Messi was the first person to appear individually on a FIFA game cover in North America for 10 years. It is also the first game to not include Wayne Rooney on the cover of the UK version since FIFA 06.
The UK version of FIFA 13 instead includes Lionel Messi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart and with St James' Park, the home of Newcastle United, in the background.
FIFA 13 included new features to the FIFA franchise such as the First Touch Control. New celebrations were also added as a new feature.