FIFA 18 has only been out a couple of months – but there’s already talk about what people want to see in next year’s game.
As we reported a few weeks back, FIFA 19 may look entirely different.
In an interview with Bloomberg, EA’s CEO, Andrew Wilson, hinted the publisher could move away from an annual release cycle and towards an update and subscriptions model.
“The greatest disruptor to the consumption of entertainment media in the last five years has been the combination of streaming plus subscription,” Wilson said.
“It’s changed the way we watch television. It’s changed the way we listen to music. It’s changed the way I read books.
“There’s a world where it gets easier and easier to move that code around — where we may not have to do an annual release.”
That being said, FIFA 18 sold – and continues to sell, millions of units – so while we can expect a subscription model to arrive at some point, we’re fairly sure FIFA 19 will be business as usual.
With that in mind, we run through the biggest things fans want to see changed – in Ultimate Team and beyond.
Press conferences in Career Mode
Time waits for no man, but on FIFA 17 and 18 the ageing process is way too harsh.
After the age of 30, players begin to slow down so dramatically that by 34 they’re pretty much unable to run.
Technical attributes often decline at an alarmingly fast rate, too – regardless of the player.
Seeing a 37-year-old Lionel Messi with a sprint speed in single figures is a tad harsh, if you ask us. We’d expect EA to address this next year
Cheaper, more fair, packs in Ultimate Team
EA has come under fire for loot boxes, which will have implications for next year’s Ultimate Team.
We’d expect to see packs have more visibility, with a greater chance of pulling decent players.
They’ll still be an element of chance, but to avoid another Star Wars Battlefront II PR nightmare, we’d expect the company to guarantee at least one decent payer in each pack.
If rewards were bigger then pack prices wouldn’t seem as steep.
Premium gold packs cost around 7,500 coins – which can take time to save up.
Create your own badges and kits
You may end up seeing some hilarious kits, but having the ability to create your own would be most welcome.
Actually come to think of it, we’d like custom chants, too.
Imagine if you’re winning a match and then the crowd start blurting out your best chant. It would add a new level of authenticity to the game.
FIFA 18 fans were disappointed when dynamic weather didn’t arrive this year.
It’s something the Frostbite Engine specialises in – and has been put to good use in other EA titles such Battlefield 1 and Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Dynamic weather has featured in Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer games for the last couple of years and drastically changes the way the game is played.
During matches, rain will sometimes fall – making it easier for players to slip and make mistakes.
If executed like this in FIFA, it would add a whole new layer of tactics to gameplay – especially in Ultimate Team.
For example, weather taking a turn for the worse could negatively affect player ground speed, passing accuracy and injury probability – giving Quicm Subs more of a purpose.
Players would fall over more easily, goalkeepers could be more likely to fumble fast shots… the list is endless, and would all help add an extra level of realism to the game.
Let’s hope it arrives next year.
The Weekend League has come under fire this year – with the current requirement of 40 games across Friday evening to Sunday evening seen as unhealthy and too taxing.
Instead, there should be an extra day added to give gamers more time to compete.
One gamer wrote on Reddit: “The player cannot have a casual weekend if he/she wants to finish them all, the community wants Weekend League to be Friday night, to Monday night. Four days, 10 games a day, now that isn’t as bad.
We completely agree – and think EA will too.
General gameplay tweaks and fixes
Although EA continues to releases patches to fix aspects of the game people aren’t happy about – the list keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Scripting or ‘momentum’ is back in a ‘big way’, claim some players.
This refers to the game favouring the losing player in online matches – manifested in increased shot accuracy or improved goalkeeper ability.
EA strongly denies any such mechanism exists.
Elsewhere, bizarre goalkeeper behaviour, inconsistent long-shot mechanics and strange graphical glitches are still present.
We hope these will be ironed out next year as EA enters the third year of using Frostbite.
Need we say more?
PES has some incredible ones under its belt – including the ability to take selfies and strip off a shirt (If you’re Neymar).
Come on EA, you’ve got to add them this year!
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