Good news. FIFA 18 is only seven weeks away – but you won’t have to wait until September 29 to get your craving hands on the game.
If previous years are anything to go by, the FIFA 18 demo will arrive around September 15 – an immense two weeks before the launch.
The FIFA 17 demo arrived on September 13, with the full game arriving on September 27. FIFA 16 followed the same motif, with the demo arriving on September 8 and the game released on the 22nd.
- Demo to be released on September 15.
- Cristiano Ronaldo will be the best player.
- EA to launch private beta on August 18.
- Teams will include Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United.
- A section of The Journey: Hunter Returns will be playable.
- EA Access members will be able to play the game for 10 hours – ONE WEEK before FIFA 18 is released.
Here are some of the key things you need to know about the demo and the release of the game.
How will the game be downloaded?
The demo will appear in Origin, PS Store and Xbox Live. It’ll be ‘Featured’ and therefore should be easy to find.
How long will it take to download?
I don’t know how big the file will be but make sure to download it as soon as it’s released. What I’m certain of is that the servers will be under strain given just how many people will be downloading it, so the earlier, the better.
So, what will be in the demo?
If it’s the same build EA have been showing off at their preview events, you’ll be able to play as a number of teams including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG and Juventus.
Here’s the full line up:
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid
- Bayern Munich
- LA Galaxy
- Toronto FC
Is there absolutely no way you’ll be able to play FIFA 18 earlier?
If you’re lucky, then yes.
Sadly, for most gamers looking to get their hands on FIFA 18 early in the form of the beta – you’re going to have to wait a little longer.
EA has overhauled the way its allowing access this year – so rather than casting the net wide, only specially selected players by EA Sports are going to get a chance to play it early. That means if you haven’t heard yet, then you’re unlikely to have made the cut. Writing on the FIFA 18 forums, EA told fans: “This year we’ve removed registration. We’re emailing selected players with their Beta codes. We only have enough codes for the players that we sent emails to. If you didn’t get an email with a code, our Advisors won’t be able to give you one, nor do we have any available on the forums.”
For those who can’t get their hands on the closed beta then you’ll have to wait for the demo, which drops a few weeks later.
And who will be the best player on the demo?
The best player on the demo will be FIFA 18 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo – although his rating on the preview build was to be confirmed.
If you’re desperate to get your hands on the game, sign up to EA Access to play FIFA 18 five days before launch for a full 10 hours.
What platforms is FIFA 18 on?
FIFA 18’s lead consoles will be the Xbox One (Scorpio) and PS4 Pro.
It’ll also come on on Xbox One, Ps4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Nintendo Switch.
In other words, it’ll be a completely different game.
So, will it look better on current-generation platforms?
In short, yes – but don’t expect a huge improvement. It’ll be powered by the same engine.
FIFA 17 was the first game in the series to be powered by Frostbite – which replaced Ignite used the previous year.
While graphics took a boost this year, especially facial and player animations, FIFA 18 will see more subtle improvements as it’ll run on the same Frostbite 4 engine.
Expect player movement and animation to look sharper – not to mention greater detail and likeness.
Other peripheral graphical tweaks, such as improved crowd detail, will also be present.
PS4 Pro owners and PC gamers will once again receive the best-looking versions of the game.
The former will once again capitalize on ‘Pro Mode’ – allowing for increased detail and more stable frame rate at above 1080px resolution.
What about Legends – are they making a return?
FIFA 18 has ditched Xbox exclusive Legends in multi-platform Icons.
As well as Ronaldo Nazario, the first wave of Icons will feature:
- Diego Maradona
- Lev Yashin
- Thiery Henry
David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho are also rumoured to be on the way.
Will it play the same as FIFA 17?
FIFA 17 has come under fire for some aspects of its game-play – but as FIFA 18 will be powered by the same engine, I doubt much will change here.
Input delay – the time it takes for a button press to translate into an on-screen action – has led to some negative feedback in FIFA 17.
There have also been claims of ‘EAaids’ or ‘scripting’, which refers to the game dynamically adjusting online matches to favour weaker players.
When will it come out?
FIFA 18 launches on September 29.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo still be the best player?
It’s been an incredible year for the Portuguese, so he’ll definitely remain the game’s best player in FIFA 18.
But I believe he may have a stats downgrade, though – especially with regards to his pace and dribbling.
Lionel Messi, who has been in blistering form of late, I think will keep second spot.
It was too late for one man kick offs to feature in FIFA 17 – but will they come along this year?
The change in football laws came into effect at the start of the 2016/17 season, but too late for EA Sports to implement the change into FIFA 17 .
Fortunately, they have included the new rule into the game, meaning players will be using the one-man kick-off system in all matches. Amazing.
Will free kicks and penalties stay the same?
Penalties won’t change much, but free kicks could see a revamp.
The new “momentum” system that governs the set-pieces is incredibly hard to master and has been panned by FIFA players.
As a result, I’d expect this to revert back to the more “traditional” shot power and curl mechanic.
How much will it cost?
FIFA 18 will cost around £49.99 – but given the demand, some outlets may undercut this.
We expect the cheapest the game will go for at launch to be around £45.
When will pre-orders start?
FIFA 18 pre-orders have kicked off now.
There are three editions: Ronaldo (Deluxe) and ICON (Super Deluxe) Editions. You can find more information by visiting the FIFA 18 website.
Here are some of the things that the fans would like to see addressed in FIFA 18:
There’s quite a few things that annoyed gamers like me with FIFA 17.
Here are the main ones that I think the developers are likely to address:
Long Shots – from 45 yards
These find the back of the net far too often. It’s largely because goalkeeper AI isn’t up to scratch, meaning they spend too often standing still before attempting a dive. The shots themselves are way too accurate – so incorporating more human error would make things more realistic.
Keepers Mechanics and goal line technology
In penalties, the keepers sometimes do not save the ball despite the fact they dive in the correct direction.
During open gameplay, they also get confused about when they should punch or catch a ball – the former often resulting in the ball landing to an opponent.
The goal-line technology system is also incredibly erratic.
When a player is fouled, the ‘complain’ animation takes far too long – taking them out of the game for a noticeable period of time.
This needs to be shortened.
The CPU AI is far too good at defending, so much so that it’s often more effective to put the controller down and let it do the work.
This needs to be toned down so it doesn’t feel that you’re trying to beat the computer as well as the human opponent.
Well those are some of the issues I’d love seen addressed. Kindly feel free to add some on the comment box.
I am a lover of FIFA. I also can’t wait to lay my hands on the video game.