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FIFA 18 demo COUNTDOWN: Release date, time, download tips, top players, LEAKED RATINGS, Switch version, The Journey and much more

  • CONFIRMED: Demo out in 10 days and counting
  • Ronaldo will be the best player available
  • Teams to include Real Madrid, Bayern Munich 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

The FIFA 18 demo is just 10 days away – so the wait is almost over.

We go through everything you need to know about EA SPORTS’ latest football game – from how long it’ll take to download, to tips and tricks to master it early.

Let’s kick off.

So, when’s it actually coming out?

The FIFA 18 demo is due to go live on September 15 – at 00.00.

For those who are keen to play it early, follow these steps and you’ll get a head start.

For the PES fans among you, Konami has kicked off the demo on Xbox One, PC and PS4. The full game launches on September 14.

But wait, I can see the FIFA 18 demo on the Xbox store?

The FIFA 18 demo is already on the Xbox store

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The FIFA 18 demo is already on the Xbox store

Yep, look around and you’ll see the demo, which appears in the Ronaldo Nazario loan tab, but it cannot be downloaded yet.

However, it does reveal some key information about what to expect.

The demo will be approximately 7.3GB in size – pretty hefty, so expect a download time of at least one-two hours, depending on connection.

Wait… how about the Switch version?

We’ve had no news from EA as to whether the Switch version will be getting a demo.

Given its focus on online play, EA may want to hold off until the servers are secure.

Frostbite, the in-house engine developed by EA DICE, powers FIFA 18 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

However, FIFA on the Switch will use a ‘custom engine’ based on the Ignite code from FIFA 16.

While EA confirmed the Switch can handle Frostbite, the company opted to build a unique engine because it would have to be heavily downgraded, resulting in a ‘sh***y second rate game’.

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FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch is shaping up to be the best handheld version to date

Andrei Lazarescu, who leads the team in Bucharest working on FIFA for Nintendo Switch, told Dream Team Gaming: “As much as we would have wanted to (use Frostbite) you can’t without making the whole engine work.

“We intentionally chose to do a custom engine because we felt that rather and try and get Frostbite running and end up having to downsize things and making it just a smaller, lower-quality version of the PS4 and Xbox One versions, we wanted this to be a FIFA that stands on its own two feet.

“We want people to recognise it and play it for what it is rather than saying, hey, you’re getting a sh***y, second-rate game. This is a full FIFA that players players will enjoy.”

For those worried about the lack of Frostbite, Lazarescu is confident the Switch version looks far superior than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.


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“If you put the two together you won’t recognise them,” he said. “When you dock it (and connect to the TV), it’s 1080p and 60 frames per second – Gen 3 (PS3 / Xbox 360) never run on this.

“We’re also using physics based rendering, another thing that Gen 3 did not have. We’re even putting ICONS in Ultimate Team – Gen 3 won’t have these either.”

How can I download the demo on Xbox, PS4 and PC?

The demo will appear in Origin, PS Store and Xbox Live. It’ll be ‘Featured’ so should be easy to find.

If there are any issues, use the ‘search’ function and type in ‘FIFA 18 demo’.

Once you find it, click ‘download’ and it’ll begin the process.

Can I download it early?

You sure can.

Follow our step by step guide to download the FIFA 18 demo early and you’ll be playing it before anyone else.

How long will it take to download?

This all depends on your connection – but anything more than 7GB is pretty large.

The servers will be under strain given just how many people will be downloading it, so the earlier you can download the game, the better.

To give yourself the best possible chance, make sure to connect your console to an Ethernet cable. You’ll see slightly faster speeds.

Also, try and disconnect other things – such as movie streaming services, whilst you download. They’ll hog the bandwidth.

So, what’s in the demo?

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
  • Chelsea
  • Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Juventus
  • Bayern Munich
  • PSG
  • LA Galaxy
  • Toronto FC

You’ll also likely be able to play through the first part of The Journey: Hunter Returns – although we wouldn’t doing that unless you’ve played the first one.

No sweat, here’s what happens at the end of The Journey  – if you won’t have time to play through it.

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 TBC.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of this year’s FIFA

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of this year’s FIFA

When will all the player ratings be released?

There’s no official word yet but chances are it’ll be in the next day or two.

Surely some ratings have made their way online?

Yep. FIFA 18 fans have been treated to a number of high-profile players’ ratings, if this latest leaked screenshot is anything to go by.

The clip reveals the FIFA 18 scores of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Naby Keïta and Napoli’s Dries Mertens – as well as some other well-known stars.

Werner climbs from a 75 rating in FIFA 17 to a decent 82, while Liverpool-bound Keïta jumps from 75 to 83.

Mertens, who’s now 30, has slight rise from his FIFA 17 base of 83 to 86.

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But it’s 18-year old Gigio Donnarumma’s rating that really catches the eyes – for all of the wrong reasons.

The young Milan keeper is rated at just 82 – despite being hailed as one of the greatest prospects since Gianluigi Buffon.

To give you an idea of just how good he is, his top FIFA 17 card was rated at 90. Don’t just take our word for it, some fans on the FIFA reddit aren’t happy either.


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One wrote: “Gigio’s rating is beyond wrong. As someone who has seen him play week in week out I feel like it’s a disgrace how he’s a 82 rated card while Handanovic who has been ‘worse’ the past two years is five ratings higher.”

Another wrote: “He will get a 84/85 winter upgrade card for sure. Forza Milan.”

 

 

So, what did you think of it when you had a go?

We’re very impressed – it’s slower than FIFA 17 but that’s no bad thing. Plus, it looks spectacular – especially on PS4 Pro.

Why not take a look at our FIFA 18 early review for an in-depth analysis.

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 17 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 

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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So, what did you think of it when you had a go?

We’re very impressed – it’s slower than FIFA 17 but that’s no bad thing. Plus, it looks spectacular – especially on PS4 Pro.

Why not take a look at our FIFA 18 early review for an in-depth analysis.

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.

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

The video 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.”

In other words, it’ll be a completely different game.

FIFA 17 looked the part, but the Frostbite Engine is capable of so much more

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FIFA 17 looked the part, but the Frostbite Engine is capable of so much more

So, will it look better on current-gen platforms?

In short, yes – but don’t expect a huge improvement. It’ll be powered by the same engine.

In fact, one gamer has filmed some footage of FIFA 18 at E3 and posted it on to FIFA Reddit.

Speaking to Dream Team Gaming,  Frostbite Studio Director Jonas Skantz revealed: “I can assure you that Frostbite continues to be a true differentiator.”

“With more and more games powered by Frostbite – whether it is FIFA, Battlefield, Mass Effect or others – our development teams can spend more time building new groundbreaking gameplay innovations.”

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.

Player models looked impressive – but expect polygon count to be increased in FIFA 18

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Player models looked impressive – but expect polygon count to be increased in FIFA 18

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 capitalise on ‘Pro Mode’ – allowing for increased detail and more stable framerate at above 1080p resolution.

Pro Mode offered tangible improvements in FIFA 17, but this year, EA will have more time to push this even further and make greater use of Pro’s substantial GPU grunt.

Tell us about the Xbox 360 and Ps3 versions – surely they’ll be better than last year?

Sadly, not. It won’t feature The Journey or use the Frostbite engine.

“Yes, it will be coming out on Xbox 360 and PS3 but is going to be a ‘Gold’ version”, EA SPORTS’ lead gameplay producer Sam Rivera told Dream Team Gaming.

“So there will be updates in the rosters but nothing big, new – like the new engine. It’s just basically an update.”

Rivera confirmed the game will run on Ignite – which has been used since FIFA 16.

This means it will be almost identical to last year’s game and look noticeably worse than FIFA 18 on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Bringing The Journey to last-gen consoles would require recreating the entire experience using Ignite – a move that makes no sense from either a technical or commercial perspective.

Still, that didn’t stop fans from expressing their anger at Alex Hunter’s omission on older consoles in FIFA 17.

Last-gen console owners also missed out on The Journey in FIFA 17

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Last-gen console owners also missed out on The Journey in FIFA 17

Last year, some didn’t realise until it was too late – and bought FIFA 17 on Xbox 360 and PS3 only to be disappointed that the key mode didn’t feature.

Retailers were equally as confused, with Amazon.co.uk coming under fire for accidentally using screenshots from the current-gen version of the game on adverts for the Xbox 360 version.

One wrote: “My son bought this as it clearly said it included journey mode unlike the standard version costed over 50 pounds. He is now bitterly disapointed having wasted his money this game is no better than fifa 15.”

Another said: “This was purchased for my 12 year old out of his birthday money.

“He was so excited when it arrived and looking forward to playing it, however this soon turned to bitter disappointment when he discovered that it did not include The Journey and therefore not much different from previous versions of FIFA.”

Despite the lack of Frostbite and The Journey, FIFA 18 is currently being listed at £49.99 – the same price as the current-gen version.

A screenshot of the Amazon page using the wrong imagery for the last-gen version of FIFA 17

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A screenshot of the Amazon page using the wrong imagery for the last-gen version of FIFA 17

It’s not the first time Xbox 360 and Ps3 users have been handed a bad deal.

The entire single-player campaign of Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was omitted from last-gen consoles.

PES, meanwhile, uses the Fox Engine, which is much more last-gen friendly.

While it won’t look as good as the shiny new current-gen versions, Konami’s game will still perform well on older hardware, so could prove a better bet this year.

Tell us about the Nintendo Switch version

The relationship between FIFA and Nintendo is a strange one.

When the Wii U launched back in 2012, it took three months for FIFA 13 to make its way on to the console.

When it did finally arrive, it was lacking arguably the most popular mode, Ultimate Team – and gameplay was sub par compared with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

Subsequent FIFA games were scrapped from the Wii U, with EA focusing efforts on the then next-gen consoles and the ageing Wii.

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FIFA on the Switch lets you play your friends on the move

However, the arrival of the Nintendo Switch heralds a new fresh start for the relationship between the Japanese manufacturer and EA.

Speaking at a FIFA 18 event in London last week, EA producer Sam Rivera reassured gamers the Switch version is more than just an afterthought.

“The only thing I can tell you is that there’s a big team of people working on this,” he told Dream Team Gaming.

“It’s being created in a very serious way – the gameplay, it’s fun and different.”

In fact, if both companies play their cards right, the Switch version of FIFA 18 could be the most attractive proposition of the lot. Here’s why.

You’ll be able to play FIFA 18 on the go

The Switch has already proven itself as a brilliant handheld companion, so being able to play the full game (not just the Web App) on the go will give this version the edge.

Thankfully, FIFA has been ‘custom built’ for Nintendo’s new hardware.

It may not use the latest Frostbite technology but gameplay is sleek, responsive and runs at 60FPS.

You can play mates by detaching the Joy Con controllers

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You can play mates by detaching the Joy Con controllers

Plus, you’re able to detach the Joy Con controllers and play a friend – although this can be a bit fiddly.

A battery life of up to six hours makes it perfect for long journeys.

It has Ultimate Team

As long as you have Wifi you’ll be able to play Ultimate Team and buy packs as you normally would.

Champions won’t feature but that’s not the end of the world.

Graphics and presentation 

Sure, it’s not as crisp as the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of the game – but FIFA on the Switch is by no means ugly.

In fact, for those worried about the lack of Frostbite, EA producer Andrei Lazarescu is confident the Switch version looks far superior than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

“If you put the two together you won’t recognise them,” he said.

“When you dock it (and connect to the TV), it’s 1080p and 60 frames per second – Gen 3 (PS3 / Xbox 360) never run on this.

“We’re also using physics based rendering, another thing that Gen 3 did not have. We’re even putting ICONS in Ultimate Team – Gen 3 won’t have these either.”

Sounds like a winner to us.

Will it play the same as FIFA 17?

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’.

What other things do fans want to see addressed in FIFA 18?

There’s quite a few things that annoyed gamers with FIFA 17.

Here are the main ones.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after netting a goal in the FIFA 18 trailer

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after netting a goal in the FIFA 18 trailer

Player animations

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.

Defensive AI

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.

Scrapping auto blocking and auto tackles would be welcome too.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action in the latest FIFA 18 trailer

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action in the latest FIFA 18 trailer

Corners, Headers and chesting

Some fans have reported that corners leave you too exposed to a counter because players don’t get back fast enough to cover.

Regarding headers, it seems the attacker always has the ability to step in front of the defender, making it easier for them to score regardless of stats.

Adding more control to the aerial tussle would improve things no end.

Chesting the ball is also inconsistent and in desperate need of more control.

Servers

These have been slightly flaky throughout FIFA 17’s lifespan, so greater optimisation especially during peak times would be welcome.

Thankfully, EA revealed that they have a dedicated team of people tasked with ensuring the servers are much improved come FIFA 18.

Players should also be kicked for inactivity if they put down the controller for long periods of time.

If a game disconnects during a match, there needs to be a period where it tries to reconnect to the player until a certain time limit is hit.

Crowds have been completely re-worked in FIFA 18 – and now show off a much wider range of animation

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Crowds have been completely re-worked in FIFA 18 – and now show off a much wider range of animation

Referees

These are often cited as being too inconsistent – with officials often awarding fouls for very weak challenges.

Cards need to given out more frequently, especially for slide tackles.

The red card bug, where the ref will send the last defender off if they tug on an attacker’s shirt, needs to be axed, too.

When they release a trailer?

EA Sports has  released the trailer for the new game here – you can watch it here.

They also released a Journey 2: Hunter Returns trailer

When will it come out?

FIFA 18 launches on September 29.

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.

Dream Team was given the chance to play the new game, and experienced for ourselves the one-man kick-off format.

Of course, we tried our best to kick it all the way back to the keeper, but we couldn’t do it in the build of the game we played (doubtless someone will come up with a YouTube video showing how to at a later date).

Stadiums are much more detailed in FIFA 18

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Stadiums are much more detailed in FIFA 18

But we were able to pass it back to the central defenders, wide midfielders, as well as just knock it back to the other forward.

We also asked FIFA’s Lead Gameplay Producer Sam Rivera how frustrating it was that football changed the kick-off laws, just days after FIFA 17 had gone to press.

He said: “I remember we talked about whether or not we could get it into the last game, but it was impossible for us to do it.

“It’s a nice addition that you see in real life, how it works is basically we tried to find out which teams were doing one player kick offs and who weren’t, but we couldn’t find find any patterns.

“So we just made it so that if you start the game with a one player kick off, you carry on the whole game with it whenever you take a kick-off.”

Will The Journey feature again? (SPOILER ALERT)

Yes, it’s called Hunter Returns.

The Journey 2 will still follow the life and career of Alex Hunter, and no, you won’t be able to be anyone else.

Unfortunately for those hoping to put themselves in the game, or play with a player of their choice, you still have to be Alex Hunter.

Here’s what we know:

The story line decisions are much broader

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.

A screenshot from the FIFA 17’s The Journey

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A screenshot from the FIFA 17’s The Journey

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.

How we think Alex Hunter could appear next season

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How we think Alex Hunter could appear next season

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.

Marco Reus chats with Hunter in FIFA 17’s The Journey

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Marco Reus chats with Hunter in FIFA 17’s The Journey

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.

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.

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 17 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 

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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