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FIFA 18: EA Sports just added something truly incredible to the gameplay

This will change the way you play the FIFA forever

FIFA 18 is a few weeks away – so it’s not surprising that we’re starting to hear a lot more about it.

However, EA has confirmed something very different has been added to the gameplay – a feature called Dramatic Moments.

Speaking to Kotaku, FIFA 18 producer Sam Rivera revealed exactly how this would affect the game.

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“Our goal as producers is we’re always looking at football and always trying to put the context of football in FIFA,” he said.

“This is a very good example I’ll give you — one of the new features we have is called Dramatic Moments, and people have asked me ‘How do you create dramatic moments?’ It’s not just about spectacular stuff, forcing it to happen.


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“Basically what we are doing is we are spending more time making sure that the football concepts and contexts that create variety in real life are also in FIFA and tuned in the same way.

The Frostbite engine returns in FIFA 18

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The Frostbite engine returns in FIFA 18

“So my example – if you’re playing Ronaldo, he’s a very good shooter – should he hit the left top corner of the goal every single time he shoots? He’s not going to be able to do that — why not? Because there are different factors with each shot. He could be under pressure – maybe a guy is on his side trying to push him off balance when he tries to take the shot.

“Maybe the ball is too far away and he needs to stretch, or too close and then he cannot get proper contact.

“Maybe the ball is bouncing, maybe the ball has a spin, maybe he’s moving too fast instead of having the proper speed for the perfect shot, maybe he’s using his left foot instead of his right foot, maybe the weather conditions are bad… there are many factors that are going to prevent him from doing that perfect shot every time.

“So what we do in FIFA every year is try to understand those factors and tune them in a way so you can have that experience.

Cristiano Ronaldo starred in the FIFA 18 reveal trailer

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Cristiano Ronaldo starred in the FIFA 18 reveal trailer

“Now it’s up to the user to create that situation, to get in that perfect spot for that shot, and this is where the bits combine.

“I have space for a set-up touch and can then run to the ball and hit a perfect shot, or perhaps I know Ronaldo’s right-footed so I need to dribble this way so that the ball ends up in the right position.

“All of this doesn’t mean every single shot is going to go in if it’s in a good context, but there will be more possibilities for that shot to go in with that good context than if I just press shoot whenever.

“Our aim is not just to have a fun game, no, it’s about translating the context, our concept is to bring real football into the videogame.”

EA is planning an Ultimate Team ‘showcase’ at this year’s Gamescom convention in August.

Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann meet in the game

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Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann meet in the game

FIFA 18 creative director Matt Prior revealed the publisher will use the conference in Cologne as a springboard for FIFA 18 news about the popular mode.

“Ordinary we don’t announce much about Ultimate Team around this time because we’re in the run up to Gamescom – that’s our big FUT showcase,” he said at a FIFA 18 event in London.

Gamescom is Europe’s largest gaming convention, taking place between August 22-26.

How much will FIFA 18 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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