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FIFA 18: The demo screen has just been leaked – and it’s everything we had hoped for

We can't wait to get our hands on the new game

FIFA 18 is only a couple of months away – but you won’t have to wait until September 29 to get your eager hands on the game.

If previous years are anything to go by, the FIFA 18 demo will arrive around September 15 – a massive two weeks before launch.


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While there’s been much speculation over what will be included, a leaked screenshot seems to have shed light on the situation.

Gamers will be able to play both friendly games and test out The Journey: Hunter Returns.

The leaked screenshot shows what teams will feature

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The leaked screenshot shows what teams will feature

The FIFA 17 demo dropped on September 13, with the full game arriving on September 27.

FIFA 16 followed the same pattern, with the demo arriving on September 8 and the game released on the 22nd.

How can I download it?

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

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.

Is there absolutely no way I’ll be able to play FIFA 18 earlier?

EA is doing another closed beta this year – due to kick off around August 18.

Select members of the FIFA community – from YouTubers to professional gamers – will be invited to play on the game and submit feedback.

But there’s an outside chance you could get in on the action, too.

The FIFA 17 closed beta invite was circulated at around this time last year

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The FIFA 17 closed beta invite was circulated at around this time last year

To give yourself the best shot, you’re going need to have an EA account – then, head to email settings and check the box that says you want to receive promotional materials.

If you’re lucky enough to receive an invite, you’ll be able to play an early version of the game.

It’s worth mentioning that the screen will feature a watermark – complete with your gamer tag. This is to stop you from taking screen shots or streaming the game – both of which will result in account ban.

The closed beta will feature a watermark with your gamertag on there to stop you streaming or taking screenshots

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The closed beta will feature a watermark with your gamertag on there to stop you streaming or taking screenshots

For those who can’t get their hands on the closed beta then you’ll have to wait for the demo, which drops a few weeks later.

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

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.


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