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
There were lots of speculations going on around in the market regarding the FIFA 18 release date. And finally the developer of the game, EA Sports announced the release date of the game. It's been just a few days that the developer of FIFA 18 came out with the confirmed update regarding the information related to that to end all the speculations.
However, there were expectations that FIFA 18 will be launched in the month of September and that too in the latter half. This is because if we follow the trend that EA has followed over the years, we can come to the conclusion that it is going to be in the month of September. And eventually, it was confirmed that FIFA 18 would be put out on sale on September 29 this year.
Three editions of the game are going to be available for the gamers. These are – Standard Edition, Ronaldo Edition, and the Legends Edition. The Standard Edition will bear a price tag of $59.99, while the Ronaldo Edition will have a price tag of $79.99. The Icon Edition will cost $99.99. Another exclusive edition of the game compatible with the Nintendo Switch is also going to be available.
However, of late there are few doubts regarding the actual release date of the game because of the fact that CR7 has been in the news recently for a probable transfer out of Madrid. In that case, EA Sports will have to bring a change in their game as well. In-game changes will not be too difficult a task. However, the posters and commercials where CR7 has been portrayed as a Real Madrid player will be required to be changed. So there are enough chances that there will be few changes in the game which might delay the FIFA 18 release date. But then, this might not eventually happen.
FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch
It's not been long that we have come across the trailer for the game FIFA 18 and there are lots of things for the fans to talk about – like what are the new things that are going to come in, how the graphics of the game is going to be and much more. And one of those many more is the FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch.
There are lots of speculations going on around among the fans as well as the experts regarding the game coming out in an edition compatible with the Nintendo Switch. It has been already confirmed that FIFA 18 will be available for the hybrid gaming console from the Japanese brand. But that does not give clear indications regarding how FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is going to shape up when it hits the market.
However, in the special edition of the game in Switch, things would differ immensely from the one that the gamers would be getting in the other gaming consoles or PCs. And that’s understandable. The game will not run on the Frostbite engine which is one of the prime reasons why there are going to be a number of changes, rather misses.
It is believed that the lack of the Frostbite engine will prevent the gamers from playing the much popular Journey Mode in the device. Along with that various graphical updates which are expected to come in all the three editions of FIFA 18 in PS4, Xbox One and PC might not be effective in FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch.
But there are certainly going to be things that will still keep the fans of FIFA 18 really excited about the game in the latest gaming console from Nintendo. And one of those is the Ultimate Team. The gamers will be able to play the game on Nintendo Switch. However, there won’t be the opportunity to play the FUT Champion here. Also, there are reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic might replace Cristiano Ronaldo as the cover star of the game for this exclusive edition.
FIFA 18 Demo
The release date of FIFA 18 may still be a little over a month away, but a select few players have already got a taste of the upcoming game, thanks to the closed beta. Those who didn’t manage to get a crack at it (it is a very exclusive affair after all), however, can look forward to the upcoming demo.
FIFA 17 hit the stores on September 27, 2016, while FIFA 16 came out on September 22 the year before. The demo releases for each of them took place exactly a couple of weeks ahead of that. So the dates for the demo releases were September 13 and September 8 for FIFA 17 and FIFA 16 respectively. If EA does not deviate from that pattern, then the date we can most likely expect the FIFA 18 demo to launch is September 15.
Finally, if you are wondering what you can try out in the demo, it won’t be much compared to the full game. However, there will still be the EA Access program.
FIFA 18 GAMEPLAY- CHECK WHAT'S NEW
During the event in which FIFA 18 release date, as well as the FIFA 18 trailer, was announced, the gamers also came across the FIFA 18 cover star. There were numbers of rumors going on around among the fans as well as the experts regarding the cover star of the game. And eventually, the fans came across the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature on the cover of the game.
This selection comes at a time when Cristiano is literally playing like a goal machine. It was his strikes that saw Real Madrid lifting the UEFA Champions League in the recently concluded season. So this recognition comes at a perfect juncture. Also, this brings him at par with his closest rival Lionel Messi who has featured on the cover of the previous editions of the game in the FIFA series.
However, for the gamers who are looking forward to play FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch might see someone else on the cover of the game. There is every possibility that it will be Zlatan although there is no confirmation regarding that fact. And we need to wait for the time being to get an official statement on that.
Better Journey Mode
The Journey Mode is all set to be back when FIFA 18 gets launched on September 29 this year. And it is expected that the scenario is going to get even better than what it was when The Journey Mode came out with FIFA 17.
The trailer which has been released by EA Sports has brought to the fore a lot of things. And one such thing is the inclusion of a number of leagues. A leaked image has, in fact, come out which has hinted that as many as seven new leagues are going to be a part of the Journey Mode this season.
Now with the introduction of the different leagues, the chances of a big-money transfer of Alex Hunter become all the more plausible. Talking about the transfer of Alex Hunter, it is very much possible that he will be making a move to Real Madrid. This is because, in the trailer, Hunter has been spotted with Cristiano Ronaldo who has been with the club for eight seasons now. Hence, the gamers are bound to be intrigued with this possibility gaining momentum.
Also, the new storyline is expected to be a part of the Journey Mode Season 2. There are reports that there is going to be much more intense storyline for the gamers as Hunter’s agent Michael will be spotted playing an instrumental role. So an action-packed transfer period is certainly on the cards.
Other than the in-game features, the FIFA 18 Journey Mode is going to be much better graphically. There have been occasions when the graphics became an issue in FIFA 17: Journey Mode. And it is very likely that those have been addressed by EA while developing this edition of the game. The FIFA 18 Journey Mode trailer is a clear indication of that. Other than graphics, the option for customizing Hunter’s appearance is going to be an important aspect. Gamers will have the license to change the way the playable character looks like. Hence, there is every opportunity that the popularity of Journey Mode among the fans is going to get even better.
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.