Not even a couple of months have been passed since the FIFA 17 was unveiled, the fans have started counting days for the next installment of this franchise, FIFA 18 to release, already. FIFA 17 with its ‘Journey Mode’ has created havoc among the fans and now they are excited about the upcoming FIFA 18 game.
According to numerous recent reports EA Sports have already started working on the next version of this football-based video game. So in this round up article, we have discussed on the FIFA 18 release date and price. Not only that, we have also shed some lights on the FIFA 18 gameplay, features, wishlist and the minimum system requirements to play this awesome game on your PC.
FIFA 18 Release Date
Electronic Arts or the EA Sports first launched this legendary game in 1993 and since then they have successfully yielded a next installment every year. So you can stay assured that you will be able to play the FIFA 18 on your consoles or PC by the end of 2017.
Now, if you are seeking for an exact release date of this upcoming EA Sports game, it is almost impossible to predict the FIFA 18 release date so early. If you check the release dates of the previous few versions of this game, you will notice that EA Sports had chosen the months of September to unveil a new installment of FIFA.
So going by this tradition, the makers are most likely to release the FIFA 18 in the third or fourth week of September for the consoles. The PC version of the game will hit the market shelves a few days later after the console version will appear.
FIFA 18 GAMEPLAY- CHECK WHAT'S NEW
The biggest debate that the fans of FIFA engage in before the release of any edition of the game is regarding the fact, who is going to be the cover star of the game. In the recent past, we have come across a number of footballers from different parts of the world who have donned the cover of the game. And it has been accounted as one of the biggest personal achievements of the footballer as well. Previously we have seen Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Marco Reus gracing the cover of the game FIFA. And quite expectedly the debate has been on regarding the player who is going to be the chosen one this time.
The latest news has given rise to the possibilities that EA might go for the rising star Dele Alli as far as the cover star of the FIFA 18 is concerned. The young Englishman has managed to grab the attention of the football pundits across the world with some incredible performances of late. Even before this sensational ongoing season in which he has scored 12 goals in 25 appearances, Dele Alli has grabbed the attention of his current club while playing for the MK Dons. In one season for MK Dons, Alli netted 10 times in 33 appearances he made and had played a pivotal role in the contemporary success of his team.
It will be really interesting to see whether eventually, Dele Alli turns out to be the cover star for FIFA 18 or not. This is because EA generally selects the cover star depending upon the results they get after conducting a poll. So chances are there that he might not be the cover star, but he will surely be one of the stars who will be part of the upcoming FIFA 18.
Better Journey Mode
With the introduction of the Journey Mode in the FIFA 17, the game has taken a big leap in terms of both the gameplay and the popularity. Now with the massive success in their back, the makers will surely try to better the Journey Mode. In case you are wondering what is Journey Mode actually, it is an all new career mode which allows the players to play as Alex Hunter, a budding footballer, and also lets to control the player’s movements and journey throughout the virtual FIFA universe.
The Journey Mode also indicates how much effort an aspiring footballer has to put in to make his mark in the football world and the story of his success, from being rag to riches.
The FIFA players were craving for such a career mode for a long time and according to our guess, the Journey Mode will get more advanced in the FIFA 18. We hope that EA Sports will include multiple choice of players with different back stories for each of them and we also feel that among these players one or two players will be female characters as FIFA is giving stress on this aspect to lure more female players to the game, since they added this feature in FIFA 16.
FIFA has always been famous for the realistic approach of the game and we are sure they will improve the AI in the next installment of FIFA. As per many reports, the makers are going to raise the bar of the video game by adding more intelligence to the players, both teammates and the opposition. That means the players will now adapt the playing style well, will understand the match situation better and thus the overall game would be less predictable.
In the previous recent installments of FIFA, we have seen the makers to incorporate some realistic changes into the game and they will surely continue the good work in the upcoming FIFA 18 too.
Real Life Awards
In the real footballing world, the awards play a crucial part, especially the season achievements like Ballon D’Or. For a professional footballer, it is the ultimate personal goal apart from winning the trophies for his/her respective club or country.
So as EA Sports gives so much stress on the realistic approach of the game, it is very much possible that FIFA 18 will come with the Ballon D’Or ceremony in the Journey mode of FIFA 18.
FIFA 18 WISHLIST
In the real life, crowds and fans are the biggest motivating factor for a footballer. Although while playing a video game, it does not affect that much, it is always nice to see an authentic atmosphere and realistic crowds in the stadium, while playing the game. As FIFA is now using the Frostbite engine, they are now capable of achieving some incredible graphical feats. So we hope the FIFA 18 will come with better and realistic crowds, not with blurry and low resolution ones.
Highlights on Women’s Football
EA has introduced the Women’s football in FIFA 16, and the move was highly praised by the fans. But since then the makers have not shed much light on this category and pretty much neglected in FIFA 17. To play Women’s football, you have to select the Women’s international teams only and there is no option of playing the club football. So we hope EA will look into this matter while releasing the next installment of the game and will include the Women’s club football in the upcoming version.
More authentic commentary
The top notch commentary of Martin Tyler and Alan Smith has always been an USP of FIFA but since the FIFA 16, the level of authenticity has dipped down a bit. We hope that is nothing but a mere scripting issue and EA will patch this before releasing the FIFA 18.
Improved Penalty Shootout
Along with many changes, EA have revamped the penalty system too in FIFA 17 and the change has been appeared as, well, awful. While taking the kick, many find it quite tough to truly aim the corner of the net, especially while playing in the multiplayer mode. Offering more control over the position is great idea, but the implementation lacks perfection. So we hope FIFA 18 will come with more improved and simple penalty system, so the gamers can score more goals from the spot.
Fix the Graphical Glitches
We have already seen plenty of memes on FIFA 17 graphical glitches over the internet and they are really hilarious. Players with no heads, referee pulling off a yellow card out of thin air these are some common glitches the game is plagued with. One of the main reasons is for the first time EA has released the game with Frostbite engines, so we hope these are just teething problems and the game will regain its lost pride in terms of graphical excellence with the FIFA 18.
Option to Create your Own Pro for the Journey Mode
No doubt the Journey Mode introduced in the FIFA 17 has raised the bar of the game and made the game more interesting to play. But this brilliant new feature could be even more enjoyable if we could be ourselves in the Journey Mode instead of Alex Hunter. Yes it sounds a bit complicated but FIFA has already done almost same thing with the Be a Pro mode. Even Mass Effect, another immensely popular video game from the same makers comes with almost the same idea, so we can keep your fingers crossed in this matter.
Different Celebration Style for Different Players
FIFA allows the gamers to do any celebration with any player and that looks utterly stupid at times. In this matter, PES has edged past FIFA and they come with player specific celebrations, which is obviously more realistic. So we hope the makers will improve this segment of this beautiful game before they release the FIFA 18.
Better Corner System
Like the penalty system, FIFA has included a new corner method in FIFA 17 and just like the penalty system it is very hard to score goals from the new revamped corner system too. So instead of making it tougher we want the FIFA 18 to come with a simpler corner system through which players will be able to score more goals.
Customization in The Journey
FIFA 17 had a very good reception among fans because it showed that EA was ready to take the game to the next level. Despite the odd glitch here and there, EA brought in a lot of new features that promised a better, and frankly, more personal experience. And it also showed that fans could expect to see major additions and improvements in all subsequent entries. But as much as the new engine contributed to this, the new single player story campaign did more. It allowed a chance to those who were not familiar with the nuances of football to get a slice of the action (and the drama), while seasoned players were rewarded with something that they could enjoy on their own. Needless to say, fans were dying to see the mode come back in FIFA 18, and now that it has been confirmed, we can take a look at some new features within the mode that could help better the experience.
One thing that was sorely lacking in last year’s The Journey was the option to customize the character, and that is something that we would love to see in FIFA 18. What we mean by customization is not just the looks, but also the character traits and habits. So essentially what we have on our minds is a much more dynamic Journey Mode. If Alex Hunter’s successor is a young footballer whose playing style, temperament, and other things could be customized, and if the story was worked in such a way that the ending would change based on our choices, then it would be a truly immersive experience. And we are certainly not forgetting the option to customize the character’s appearance either.
More Dialogues in the Journey Mode
The journey of Alex Hunter from an aspiring footballer to a professional is amazing. But we want the Journey Mode to be more realistic. So if the makers add more dialogues in the Journey mode, like a few lines of encouragement from Jose Mourinho or an argument with the fans, it will attract more and more players to the game. So we hope the FIFA 18 will feature more dialogues in the Journey Mode to take the video game to the next level.
More Authentic Transfer Prices
If you want to buy Gareth Bale in FIFA 17, you have to pay almost €100million although his price tag is less than €93 million. This actually happens in the real world too. But when you are going to buy a not-so-famous player with less transfer value, the buying and selling price remain the same. This huge disparity is hurting the realistic approach of the game and we hope the makers will look into this matter before releasing the next installment of the game.
Play as Real Manager
Think you are coaching Manchester United as Jose Mourinho or doing the press conference as Jurgen Klopp. Does not is sound exciting? Football Manager, even PES allows the players more control over the game while playing the Manager’s mode. So if the FIFA 18 comes with the cross over The Journey and Career Mode which will allow you play as the manager, controlling the players from the sidelines with button prompts, it would be a great inclusion.
VR Mode (The Most Exclusive Feature)
This one could just be wishful thinking, but with the way that the gaming industry is embracing Mixed Reality, we think the day will not be too far away when we would be able to play most of our favorite games with a headset strapped on. For FIFA 18, online multiplayer would be killer if we could play it in VR. If EA decides to build a VR mode for FIFA 18, it would be amazing to get a feel of the field as if we were on it. Also, the different angles implemented into the game’s perspective would be amplified by several times if we could play it in VR.
Inclusions of New Leagues
FIFA has always been one of the most updated video games that we have come across. And with every new edition in comes new leagues in the game. In the middle of changes in the graphics and AIs and the other technical aspects of the game, a number of in-game changes keep the gamers intrigued and engaged in playing the game.
As the news and updates in the recent days have come up, like on all other occasions, there is going to be quite a number of new leagues which is going to come in. And one of those is certainly going to be the cash-rich Chinese Super League. A number of big names have made their move to the Chinese Super League and perhaps that have prompted the developers of the game FIFA 18 to include it in the game.
The Indian fans are perhaps going to be really happy if we go by the reports. This is because there have been quite a few updates which state that the Indian Super League is also going to be a part of the game when FIFA 18 gets launched. So that certainly keeps the Indian fans really interested and the revelation will be made once the game gets launched later on this year.