FIFA 18: gameplay, trailer, release date, and everything you need to know

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Another year, another FIFA. It’s almost time for EA’s foot and ball simulator to return to consoles across the land, giving players the opportunity to step into the shoes of their sporting heroes.

Last year’s edition, FIFA 17, made the transition to Frostbite engine, the same used in Battlefield 1, with great results. What does the game’s next chapter have in store for players?

We’ve gathered all the information in one place, and will be updating this page as new information arises.

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FIFA 18 trailer: how’s it looking?

See for yourself! This year EA’s official trailers are somewhat short and choppy, but they give a short glimpse into how the game looks.

FIFA 18 release date: When can I play?

FIFA games tend to arrive in late September, and FIFA 18 is no different. The game will receive a worldwide release on September 29, 2017.

EA Access members will be able to play the full game slightly earlier, from September 21.

Pre orders for the Ronaldo and Icon editions will ship for September 26, three days before the global release date.

FIFA 18 price: How much will it cost?

FIFA 18 is arriving in three principal editions: a standard version which costs £54.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, along with Ronaldo Edition and Icon Edition, which are more expensive though prices vary across retailers. The Ronaldo Edition for PS4 is currently listed at £74.99 on Amazon.

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The Ronaldo and Icon Editions feature exclusive bonuses, including packs for FUT, and special edition kits.

FIFA 18 cover star: Who’s on the box?

This year’s FIFA star is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

FIFA 18 platforms: What can I play it on?

In addition to the expected release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, FIFA 18 will receive a release on Nintendo Switch as well as PS3 and Xbox 360. The last two come as a surprise given that most games have now abandoned the old generation consoles.

As per FIFA 17, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be running on the old Ignite engine, and won’t feature the single-player story mode, The Journey.

FIFA 18 gameplay: What’s the state of the game?

Alex Hunter returning: The Journey story mode was a popular feature of last year’s edition, and it’s coming back for FIFA 18. How high will you help Alex Hunter soar?

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Animations are better: Both for the players on the pitch and the crowd. EA has done another round of motion capture of particular stars like Ronaldo to more accurately represent their particular style of movement. Apparently animations are now triggered every frame, rather than every step, leading to a more fluid experience.

Crowds respond more realistically: The crowds of FIFA 17 are getting an overhaul and will now more dynamically respond to events on the pitch, for instance, some fans may try to scramble on the pitch in excitement if you score a goal.

A slew of mechanical improvements: Including a new ‘hard tackle’ which is initiated with triangle / Y, easier penalties, quick subs available during cutscenes, and a lower input buffer for greater responsiveness.

Other features like FIFA Ultimate Team, the game’s online play and trading mode, are making a return in FIFA 18. This year the game is introducing Icons, formerly known as Legends which was exclusive to the Xbox One, to PC and PS4 too.

This means some of the most legendary players in football will be making their way into the game. So far this list includes the likes of Diego Maradona, Thierry Henry, Lev Yashin, and Pelé.

FIFA 18 on Switch: is it the full game?

Yes! Well, almost. Reports about the Switch version of FIFA 18 suggest that it is, for the most part, the same as the PS4 and Xbox One versions, but doesn’t include The Journey and is running on a custom-built engine for the Switch rather than Frostbite.

On current generation consoles the series switched over to the Frostbite engine with FIFA 17, so on the Switch FIFA 18 version won’t look quite as shiny.

Players will be able to play 2-player matches on the go using detached Joy-Con. Some agility is sacrificed due to the lack of a second analogue stick for each player, but reports are encouraging.


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