EA SPORTS earlier this week revealed FIFA 18 and if you saw the news it was pretty hard to miss that Real Madrid star and four time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, was named as the games new cover star.
“The portuguese attacker, who recently won his fourth Champions League, will grace the cover of this years FIFA game which will be released on the 29th September.” EA Sports announced.
Ronaldo said “It is a real pleasure to be on the cover of FIFA 18, It’s a great feeling and I am grateful to have been chosen.”
BUT, despite the obvious excitement over Ronaldo’s new cover star status, more fans are actually excited over another big selling point for the game: Icons.
Previously the game featured ‘Legends’ which were retired footballers available in FIFA Ultimate Team, but only on Xbox One who held exclusivity rights.
Moving forward, Legends are being replaced with ‘Icons’, the first of which is Brazil’s former talismanic striker Ronaldo Nazario.
But the news that’s got everyone’s attention is the annoucned that Icons will be available on all platforms, not just Sony who now hold the games Marketing rights.
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Here’s some additional info about the game, which has been released on the official FIFA 18 website.
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Data capture of Ronaldo’s acceleration, run cadence, skills, and shooting technique were all recorded to bring veracity to his likeness and personality in FIFA 18. His data also informed important gameplay elements including fluidity, player responsiveness and explosiveness.
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Unfortauntely, the announcement of the game hasn’t been such good news for Nintendo Switch owners, who have learnt via the games trailer that the Switch version of the game could end up being a sub par version of what’s delivered on PS4 and Xbox One.
A closer inspection of the FIFA 18 trailer has revealed some information in the closing T&C’s about the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
For one thing, it won’t be using the Frostbite engine which has been celebrated for bringing the games graphics on leaps and bounds since FIFA 17 launched.
Equally, FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch won’t include a version of the Journey mode starring Alex Hunter, again made popular by FIFA 17.
Tom Phillips, Deputy news editor at Eurogamer and quite often a man with plenty of insider info, shared some details about FIFA on Switch at the time, saying:
“I’ve heard FIFA Switch is based off of the 360/PS3 versions which still get made.”
However, EA’s chief competitive officer, Peter Moore was quick to reinforce this was “CUSTOM BUILT for Nintendo Switch” and not another port of the game.
Again, it’s expected that fans will learn more about FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch during the EA’s own E3 2017 event, known as ‘EA PLAY’ on June 10.
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• EA Play– June 10 – 12pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 8pm BST, 9pm CEST
• Microsoft Xbox – June 11 – 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern, 10pm BST, 11pm CEST
• Bethesda – June 11 – 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern, 3am BST, 4am CEST
• Ubisoft – June 12 – 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm BST, 10pm CEST
• Sony PlayStation – June 12 – 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, 2am BST, 3am CEST
• Nintendo Spotlight – June 13 – 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm BST, 6pm CEST