FIFA 18 – Everything You Need to Know

FIFA 18 is a football simulation video game in the FIFA series developed and published by Electronic Arts, which is scheduled to be released on 29 September 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

It will be the 25th installment in the FIFA series. This is will be the second FIFA game in the series to use the Frostbite game engine. Cristiano Ronaldo will serve as the cover athlete on the game. Once again, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will not match up to their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts and will not include The Journey. The Nintendo Switch version is a custom build port, and Electronic Arts claims it to be “the most technologically-advanced portable FIFA experience ever”, despite also missing features like The Journey.

Commentary is once again provided by Martin Tyler and Alan Smith.

The Journey: Hunter’s Return

In last season’s game The Journey was introduced a new single-player story campaign mode for PS4, Xbox One and Windows will also continue in this in this series. If one completed the original story, they will begin FIFA 18 at the same club – with traits and honours, such as a Premier League title or FA Cup win are carried over. As for those starting afresh they will see a montage of key plot points, then be able to select from any current English Premier League side.

In this year’s edition, Alex Hunter, the 18-year-old main character from Clapham, London, returns and is fully customisable. Players will have to unlock items which include new clothes and hairstyles for Hunter.

While FIFA 17 locked Hunter to the English Premier League and Championship, EA announced that this time players will get to experience “the world of football”, with Brazil and the USA among the new locations. In the teaser trailer shows Hunter in a Real Madrid kit on a television in the background. The trailer is centred around whether or not Hunter will join a new club ahead of season two, with one newspaper clipping suggesting a “world-record move” is on the cards. Ronaldo also features in The Journey 2 as part of Alex Hunter’s comeback story

Development and release

Cristiano Ronaldo was announced as the official face of the game.
FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons, the new version of what has previously been called Legends which was only available for Xbox One, will now be playable in gamers’ Ultimate Teams on PS4, Xbox One and PC. EA announced that it will be including numerous iconic players from football history, which FIFA 18 players will be able to use in Ultimate Team. The announced FIFA 18 Icons so far include Brazilian Ronaldo whose pace and finishing made him a three-time Ballon d’Or winner, Diego Maradonaone of the greatest dribblers of all time,Thierry Henry] one of the Premier League’s all-time greats and an Arsenal legend, Lev Yashinwho earned the nickname “Black Spider”. He spent 20 years at Dynamo Moscow,making 270 clean sheetsand saving over 150 penalties and Pelé known as one of the greatest footballers of all time. More FIFA 18 Icons will be announced in the months leading up to FIFA 18’s release date.
Nintendo Switch version

On January 12, 2017, during the Nintendo Switch Presentation, EA announced a custom-built port of FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch console, set for release on the same day as the other consoles. Due to the weaker power of the Switch in contrast to the PS4 and Xbox One, it will run on an internal EA engine, as opposed to the EA DICE Frostbite Engine. As a result of this omission, the Switch version will also exclude the Journey: Hunter Returns, the second season of the story mode introduced in FIFA 17. The Switch version will run at a resolution of 1080p/60fps when docked to a TV, and 720p/60fps in handheld/tabletop mode. However, outside of the Journey mode exclusion, FIFA 18 on Switch will feature every other staple mode, including Career Mode, which is not explicitly referred to as Be A Pro mode from FIFA 17 by EA. The Switch version will mark the first time Ultimate Team ever made an appearance on a Nintendo system. Features exclusive to the Switch version include local multiplayer in the form of the new mode Local Seasons, allowing up to 4 Nintendo Switches to connect and compete in a five-match sequence. Another mode exclusive to Switch is the Switch Kick-Off mode, allowing players to instantly get into local/solo matches.

While FIFA 17 featured more than 70 stadiums including the likes of the Santiago Bernabéu, Juventus Stadium and Allianz Arena, there were some notable names missing in the series. FIFA 18 features 52 fully licensed stadiums from 12 countries, including new stadiums, plus 30 generic fields equals to a total of 82. All 20 Premier League stadiums are represented in the series which means that newly prompted teams for the 2017/18 season, Brighton & Hove Albion’s home ground the Amex Stadium and Huddersfield Town’s home ground the John Smith’s Stadium have been added and also LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center.  Camp Nou is a notable omission as PES have exclusive rights.White Hart Lane will not feature as Tottenham have now moved to Wembley.

FIFA 18 – Real Player Motion Technology

Real Player Motion Technology is a new feature to FIFA 18. Here you can find out how this new feature work in FIFA 18.

FIFA 18 introduces Real Player Motion Technology – the system behind biggest step in gameplay innovation in franchise history. The all-new animation system unlocks the next level of responsiveness, and player personality – now Cristiano Ronaldo and other top players feel and move exactly like they do on the real pitch.
Player Personality

Ronaldo’s signature sprint, Sterling’s unique turns, and Griezmann’s technique are all immediately recognizable in FIFA 18. For the first time ever, real-world movements, size and attributes inform how a player moves, allowing you to feel the life-like tendencies of the world’s best.
Dribbling Overhaul

New dribbling mechanics allow the best players to inject more creativity into 1v1 situations. Take more defined touches, make tighter turns, and explode into attack more dynamically than ever before.
Gameplay Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo

Back-to-back European Champion, Cristiano Ronaldo fuels FIFA 18 gameplay innovation. Motion data capture of Ronaldo’s acceleration, run cadence, skills, and shooting technique have informed gameplay elements like fluidity, player responsiveness and explosiveness.

FIFA 18 Pre-Order

FIFA 18 hits store shelves on 29 September 2017. Start your season on the front foot with these pre-order offers and play the game 3 days in advance. FIFA 18 Pre-Order is available in three editions:

  • Ronaldo Edition
  • ICON Edition
  • Standard Edition

FIFA 18 Pre-order Prices and Order Links

Platform Standard Edition ICON Edition Ronaldo Edition
PS4 $59.99 $99.99 $79.99
Xbox One $59.99 $99.99 $79.99
PC (Windows) $59.99 $99.99 $79.99

FIFA 18 Pre-order Bonuses

Ronaldo Edition – $79.99

Pre-order and receive 3-Days Early Access and up to $60 worth of Jumbo Premium Gold FUT packs:

  • Three Days Early Access (Early Access on Sept 26)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 5-match FUT Loan
  • 20 Jumbo Premium Gold packs (1 per week over 20 weeks)
  • 8 Special Edition FUT Kits

Buy & Download Links

    ICON Edition – $99.00

    Pre-order and receive 3-Days Early Access and up to $120 worth of Jumbo Premium Gold FUT packs

    • Three Days Early Access (Early Access on Sept 26)
    • Ronaldo Nazário Icon 5-match FUT Loan
    • Cristiano Ronaldo 5-match FUT Loan
    • 40 Jumbo Premium Gold packs (2 per week over 20 weeks)
    • 20 TOTW Loan Player Packs (One 3-match TOTW Loan Player per week over 20 weeks)
    • 8 Special Edition FUT Kits
    Buy & Download Links

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