Thanks to the FIFA subreddit, we might now know exactly which international destination we’re booking flights for in FIFA 18‘s The Journey single-player campaign. Last week, hints of future destinations were discovered in the character’s Twitter account, that seems to confirm at least part of the leaked screenshot.
As shared by Redditor Oskarek:
The (seemingly) confirmed circuits are Brazil, the English Premier League (Hunter’s default home), USA, Germany, France, and Spain. Bundesliga, Ligue1, and La Liga were previously hinted at, as they were the only circuits other than the Premier League on Alex Hunter’s Twitter account, making the US and Brazilian destinations new.
However, prior story hints may make the screenshot misleading. As pointed out by Reddit, the trailers mentioned a possible preseason tour in the Americas, making his involvement in the region temporary (barring, of course, a longer loan or even a signing). This would also be the first confirmation for the Brazilian League, which is notably represented by the national flag instead of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A logo itself.
Still, if the screenshot holds true and isn’t some wiseguy’s photoshopping, that does rather heavily promise the inclusion of Brazilian players in FIFA 18. That, in itself, should be a notable selling point.
As for the game itself: FIFA 18’s The Journey runs off of the Frostbite Engine produced by EA DICE. It’s the same platform utilized with Mass Effect: Andromeda — though, given that game’s infamous reputation, it might be more mollifying to know that this was the engine used for Battlefield 4 and FIFA 17.
Unfortunately, the Frostbite Engine’s also a resource hog, which is why the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Switch versions of FIFA 18 will not include The Journey. In the Nintendo Switch’s case, however, built-in LAN play on top of EA’s plans for improved overall FIFA Ultimate Team netcodes ought to be a selling point unto itself. Importantly, however: the recently announced improvements to referee logic were based on presentation bugs with Frostbite itself, meaning it likely won’t be implemented in the prior-generation versions of the game.
FIFA 18 comes out on September 29.