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FIFA 18 UPDATE: Nintendo Switch version PRICE, release date, The Journey and features and Ultimate Team

Nintendo gamers will be getting something called 'EA SPORTS FIFA' instead

FIFA 18 may be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC but Nintendo Switch owners will get ‘EA SPORTS FIFA’ instead.

It comes as EA revealed the FIFA 18 cover star will be Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Eurogamer noticed publisher EA SPORTS confirmed two different FIFA video games will be shown at EA Play 2017 during E3: FIFA 18 and “EA Sports FIFA on the Nintendo Switch”.

Now small print on FIFA 18’s reveal trailer has revealed some key differences between the game and the Nintendo Switch version.

The new video (below, at 0:40) includes a line of text that reads: “Frostbite game engine technology and The Journey: Hunter Returns mode are available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only. Not all features available on all platforms.”

It’s likely Switch will run on Ignite – the same engine powering the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

It’s still unclear how much the game will cost.

The finding contradicts former face of EA Peter Moore, who said in February that the Switch version “will be FIFA 18“.

Earlier in the year, Eurogamer reporter Tom Phillips tweeted that EA is “testing the waters” with FIFA on the Nintendo Switch. He also revealed FIFA Switch is “based off of the 360/PS3 versions which still get made”.

Those who bought FIFA 17 for the last generation of consoles were greeted with a substantially parred down game.

The Journey was absent, as was the latest Frostbite Engine.

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Konami revealed recently that PES 2018 will support last-gen consoles – so will prove an attractive proposition should EA do the same again this year.

FIFA 18 hits shelves on September 29 – days after the PES 2018 launch on September 14.


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Everything we know about FIFA 18 so far

What other big changes can we expect to see in in FIFA 18?

FIFA 17 has come under fire for some aspects of its gameplay – but as FIFA 18 will be powered by the same engine, we 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.

Animation was sometimes clunky and unnatural in FIFA 17 – but we’re confident EA will smooth things out in FIFA 18

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Animation was sometimes clunky and unnatural in FIFA 17 – but we’re confident EA will smooth things out in FIFA 18

Whilst the former issue is a result of the game’s severs compensating for ‘Ping’ or connection strength variance between online players, we’d expect to see action taken over ‘EAAids’.

Whether this will be the re-introduction of a “momentum” bar, as in FIFA 06, or just a tweak of the alleged in-game code remains to be seen.

Either way, fans want something done about it.

When will it come out, and will there be a demo?

FIFA 18 will launch on September 29.

For those wanting early access, the demo usually lands a week or two before the game launches – but expect EA Access members to get first dibs.

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.

Some believe he may have a stats downgrade, though – especially with regards to his pace and dribbling (which we’ve mocked up below).

Ronaldo will likely be the best player in FIFA 18 – despite him getting slight downgrades in pace and dribbling

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Ronaldo will likely be the best player in FIFA 18 – despite him getting slight downgrades in pace and dribbling

Lionel Messi, who has been in blistering form of late, will keep second spot.

Who will be the cover star?

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named this year's star.

Criistiano Ronaldo was confimed as the new face of this year's FIFA

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Criistiano Ronaldo was confimed as the new face of this year's FIFA

Will The Journey feature again? (SPOILER ALERT)

Absolutely. 

According to EA CEO Andrew Wilson, The Journey Season Two will feature new characters and story-lines and will ‘build on the foundation created with story mode this year’.

Alex Hunter’s debut was largely well-received by critics and fans alike.

The Journey was a success – but Season 2 needs to flesh out the characters more and offer more player choice

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The Journey was a success – but Season 2 needs to flesh out the characters more and offer more player choice

One of the issues with The Journey was that player choice did not affect the story as much as many would like.

As a result, expect improved dialogue wheels with actions that genuinely affect Hunter’s fate.

The EA-published Mass Effect series saw a similar evolution of the dialogue wheel – eventually allowing your character to interrupt NPCs mid conversation.

This feature would be a welcome, and easy to implement, addition.

Will free kicks and penalties stay the same?

Penalties won’t change much, but free kicks could see an overhaul.

The new “momentum” system that governs the set-pieces is incredibly hard to master and has been panned by FIFA players.

As a result, we’d expect this to revert back to the more “traditional” shot power and curl mechanic.

Penalties can be hard to master – but can be prone to erratic goalkeeper AI

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Penalties can be hard to master – but can be prone to erratic goalkeeper AI

The system works wonders for penalties, though – allowing for much more control over shot placement and power.

Goalkeeper AI during spot kicks is often found wanting, so expect EA to address this.

What will be the best new feature?

Dynamic weather will almost certainly feature in FIFA 18.

Need For Speed (2015) and Battlefield 1 -are both powered by the same engine and make use of unpredictable in-game weather systems.

Speaking to Metro last year, EA DICE’s Patrick Bach explained why weather is so much more than just a ‘pretty effect’.

Image result for battlefield 1 rain

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Battlefield 1 uses a dynamic weather system – which affects gameplay

“We often talk about these different dimensions in Battlefield, where you have the rock, paper, scissors and then you marry that with the destruction and you create unpredictability from different angles. And with the layer of weather we actually change the way you play in a very drastic way,” he said.


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“So, if you have the tactics of being a sniper and it starts to rain then you probably have to change tactics. And the same with fighter planes, once the fog rolls in it’s like, ‘Okay, this is not as effective anymore, so I probably need to go back on the ground’.

“It’s not only a pretty effect, it actually changes the way you play the game.”

Dynamic weather would add a whole new layer of tactics to gameplay in FIFA.

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The latest Need for Speed is powered by Frostbite and, like Battlefield, features a weather system that changes on the fly

For example, weather taking a turn for the worse could negatively affect player ground speed, passing accuracy and injury probability.

Players could 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.

How about the soundtrack?

Established artists such as Blur, Kasabian and Radiohead have all featured in the past, but recently there’s been more music from emerging talent making its way on to the game.

Whilst it’s too early to make any predictions, expect this trend to continue in FIFA 18.

When will FIFA 18 be released?

It will be released on 29 September – with EA Access members getting their hands on the game first.

When will pre-orders start?

FIFA 17 pre-orders have kicked off now.

Pre-order now to get incredible offers, including three days early access with the Ronaldo (Deluxe) and ICON (Super Deluxe) Editions. Plus, kick off your FIFA Ultimate Team™ season early with special bonuses and items.

You can find more information by visiting the FIFA 18 website 

What is in each package?

Icon Edition 

  • Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week over 20 weeks – worth up to $120)
  • 3 match FUT Team of the Week loan player (one three match loan player for 20 weeks)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • Ronaldo Nazário FUT Icon loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Ronaldo Edition 

  • Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks – worth up to $60)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4,  Xbox One, and  PC

Standard Edition 

  • Up to 5 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks – worth up to $15)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

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