Some people might lambast us for saying, but when you consider the global impact of games releases FIFA is head and shoulders above Pro Evo now. The latter continues to impress but with each passing year, FIFA becomes more than a game, it’s an event - for some, a way of life. Or at least a way to earn bragging rights each week.
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EA Sports made a big deal about the fact FIFA 17 is powered by Frostbite. Frostbite is the gaming tech used to drive the graphically outstanding Battlefield series, and was used in Battlefield 1.
FIFA 17 benefitted from even more realistic gameplay and the ability to shape the journey of Alex Hunter, the game’s protagonist, with immersive tactical and interview segments interspersed with the traditional top down matches. EA has even confirmed that The Journey mode will return in FIFA 18, which is great news.
It's yet to be confirmed if this will continue the story of Alex Hunter or start afresh. Here’s everything else you need to know about FIFA 18.
When is the FIFA 18 release date?
FIFA 18 UK release date: 26 September 2017 (TBC)
There is no confirmed release date for FIFA 18 yet, but it’s almost certain that it will be in late September 2017, most likely on 26 September.
FIFA 17 was released on 27 September, FIFA 16 on 22 September 2015 and FIFA 15 on 23 September 2014 - all Tuesdays. The Tuesday that matches up with this pattern for a FIFA 18 release date is 26 September 2017. Mark the date!
How much will FIFA 18 cost in the UK?
At launch it’s likely, based on FIFA 17, that the game will cost £49.99. The PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC versions all have that RRP, though their prices vary wildly depending on the retailer. Certain stockists will discount FIFA 18 at launch and throughout its life to win more sales, such is its extremely high popularity.
So when September 2017 rolls around, shop about for FIFA 18 as otherwise you’ll be paying £49.99. Some deluxe editions will likely cost more. Or just split the cost with your mates.
What platforms will FIFA 18 be on?
FIFA 18 will very likely be out on the usual platforms - Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
What others it may be on gets less clear. FIFA 17 was also released for PS3 and Xbox 360, but by September 2017, things will be different. While we are unlikely to see a new PlayStation, we could see Xbox’s Project Scorpio. At present this is rumoured for Christmas 2017, meaning FIFA wouldn’t be available at launch.
This may mean there is no Xbox 360 version because by that point that console would be two generations old. Sony might also decide to drop support for PS3 - time will tell.
There will also be a Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18. On 13 January 2017, EA announced that FIFA will be coming to Nintendo Switch, but it didn't specify which title - or when. Since then, EA's chief competition officer Peter Moore confirmed that "It will be FIFA 18, and it will obviously be later this year when FIFA 18 comes out." So that's that then.
Nintendo Japan also ran an advert for the Switch that seemingly includes FIFA 18 footage. Get excited by watching here:
Here's our Nintendo Switch review.
Our FIFA 18 wish list
FIFA 17 is only a few months old so obviously there are no confirmed new features for FIFA 18. There are obvious things that players will always want changed, such as more realistic close ups of the most famous footballers, but FIFA 17 was a great step up for stuff like that. Gameplay is often filled with niggles but it depends on your preference - we find it hard to tackle, whereas others find it more difficult to shoot. Everyone wants something different.
From playing FIFA 17, though, there are a couple of things that stand out. For us, we really want EA Sports to change penalties back to the way they were. They were hard enough to master before, and now with the arrow protruding from the ball with a power bar built into said arrow? No thanks EA. And then the arrow doesn’t even appear in multiplayer because your opponent will know where you’re about to kick the ball. So you just miss instead. Great.
Also Zlatan is the eighth best player in the game. Hmm. FIFA 18 will more than likely be celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo once again, with a boost to his overall performance in the game.
Maybe it’s the journalists in us, but we’d also like to see EA hire a proper writer to do the dialogue in The Journey. Cut scenes with actions like interview answers and contract negotiations added much-needed colour to an old game system, but sometimes it’s a bit stale.
Post-match interview answer options are also all basically the same footballer-esque platitudes said three different ways:
While gameplay itself likely won't differ a great deal, some things we should see include improvements to in-game graphics and FIFA 18's overall usability - fewer yellow cards handed out by the refs would be nice. We'd really like to see support for VR in the next instalment, too.
Check out our Pro Evo 2018 rumours article here.