While most FIFA fans might be currently engrossed with the all new FIFA 17 TOTS (Team of the Season) Ultimate Team campaign that’s just kicked off, there’s also something far more exciting to take a look at – FIFA 18!
A new video “leaked” this week shows 24-year-old Manchester United ace, Paul Pogba, replacing Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus as the game’s cover star.
The “leaked” FIFA 18 clip – available above – also gives fans a sneak peak at the game’s new interface, including a few teases for a revamped Alex Hunter Journey mode and the addition of FIFA Street, a fan favourite that’s been requested for several years.
However, unfortunately for fans of the FIFA series or Paul Pogba, this ‘leaked’ footage is actually a concept designed by Twitter user @JamescDZN.
As it stands no one knows who the game’s next cover star will be, but it’s possible that EA Sports could once again put it to the public vote, commencing mid-June following EA’s big E3 Show, dubbed EA Play.
Eden Hazard, Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez and Marco Reus were put forward as candidates for the FIFA 17 cover last year and amazingly over 3.1 million gamers voted.
Previous FIFA cover stars include Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney and Brazilian legend Ronaldinho.
And white Pogba certainly makes for a convincing cover athlete, it remains to be seen whether the £89 million Frenchman will be given the nod ahead of other stars to appear on the box art for next season.
All of this healthy speculation also comes remarkably in the same week that EA Sports launched their Ultimate Team TOTS (Team of the Season) event.
Which is fitting, giving that this will effectively transition fans towards the end of the FIFA 17 season and into a Summer which will be building hype for the new release of FIFA 18 next Autumn.
FIFA 18 will be due for release later this year with a release date likely revealed next month at EA Play.
So far all we know for sure about the game is that it will also be coming to Nintendo Switch, which was revealed some months back.
But exact details about the game and what sort of features and graphics fans could expect to see on Nintendo’s new console have been few and far between.
All EA Sports have mentioned is that FIFA on Nintendo Switch would be a “Custom” built game.
Tom Phillips, Deputy news editor at Eurogamer and quite often a man with plenty of insider info, shared some insight into this, saying:
“I’ve heard FIFA Switch is based off of the 360/PS3 versions [of FIFA] which still get made.”
However, EA’s chief competitive officer, Peter Moore was quick to dismiss this, once again citing it will be “CUSTOM BUILT for Nintendo Switch” and not another port of the main game.