Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt – which could spell bad news for those wanting to get their hands on FIFA 18.
The Portuguese ace was unveiled as the game’s cover star earlier this month – and is thought to play an integral part in The Journey: Hunter Returns.
But if the 32-year-old was to leave the club, FIFA 18 risks being severely outdated before it even hits the shelves.
Not only that, but EA would have to change the cover star at short notice, meaning the original September 29 release date could be put back.
While no offers for the star are on the table, EA is likely poised for any movement and have a contingency plan in place should Ronaldo leave Los Blancos.
Manchester United had reportedly been interested in pursuing the Portuguese forward but last night pulled out, opting to focus on his cheaper teammate, Alvaro Morata.
Ronaldo is keen to leave the La Liga champions after Spanish tax authorities started an investigation into his tax affairs.
French giants Paris Saint Germain are now the only side likely to bid for the 32-year-old, who’s valued at £175million.
So, what else do we know about Hunter Returns?
Well, EA Sports have announced that you will not be able to create your own character, so you’re stuck with Hunter – however, you will be able to customize your player, with thousands of options available to change his look and style.
The story line decisions are much broader, too
Last season’s game mode saw the story line quite narrow, with limited decision making.
It was the first time EA Sports had entered in a story mode like this, so we can forgive them, but this time round the story line is much, much broader, and the decisions you make will make a much greater difference.
Whereas most of us ended up winning the FA Cup with our Hunters in FIFA 17, it’ll be interesting to see where our character can end up once we’ve taken different decisions from our mates.
The gameplay and mechanics are virtually the same
We haven’t had a chance to play the whole thing, far from it, but it looks as if though they’ve maintained the things we enjoyed most from The Journey.
So decisions of fiery, cool or moderate stay, you’ll have to earn ratings in training and matches to excel, and scenes will happen sporadically through the story.
You can modify your Alex Hunter to have blonde hair and tattoos
…And the rest. You’ll be able to change the look of your Alex Hunter to have a vast array of different hairstyles, tattoos, tracksuits and so on.
There is apparently ‘hundreds’ of options to choose from, which will be an exciting change.
Read more about the changes you’ll be able to make to your character here.
Will you be able to start where you left off in FIFA 17?
That’s one thing we’ve not been told as yet, but it looks likely that you’ll have to start afresh with your new Hunter in this game.
Presumably the thinking behind this (if it were the case) will be that because everyone ended their Hunter in a slightly different way but broadly on a similar path (winning the FA Cup, getting a 75 FUT card etc.), it would make more sense to just wipe the slate clean.
Slightly annoying for those who became fond of their Hunter, but probably it’s all for the best.
Does Alex Hunter get a girlfriend?
Hmm, now this one could get interesting.
At the FIFA 18 preview event in May, we watched a presentation on The Journey 2, in which an image of a woman, probably a similar age to Hunter, popped up.
The guys from EA Sports pointed it out, said they won’t tell us exactly who it was, before adding that there were ‘a lot of new characters’ that you come across and interact with.
We can’t say it definitively, but certainly one to watch.
Cristiano Ronaldo features in it, and quite heavily
CR7 is the real star of FIFA 18, given what we’ve seen of the game so far.
It’s no different in The Journey 2, and we’ve seen images and clips of Cristiano appearing in a scene alongside Hunter.
Considering he’s the cover star, the Real Madrid man will feature prominently in the game across the board.
Speaking of which…
Alex Hunter gets offered a move to Real Madrid?
Whether or not this is as a result of a few decisions and good performances going right for your character, but we’ve witnessed a scene in which Hunter’s agent storms into his kitchen/dining room/lounge (that hasn’t changed) and offers him a move to Los Blancos.
That’s all we’ll say about it here, you can read all about the scenes we’ve played here.
You can play local multiplayer in your game
This is a lovely little addition – you’ll now be able to play The Journey alongside your friends.
When you’re met with the start game screen, you can play local multiplayer mode, meaning you can blame your friend sat next to you for not slipping in Hunter to secure a goal an a much-needed 7.0 rating.
That’s pretty much what we’ve seen so far of The Journey 2 – we’ll post more as it comes.
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