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FIFA 18 demo: EA SPORTS tried to hide the demo – but here’s how to find it

The highly-anticipated game's release date has been confirmed too

EA Sports tried to hide the FIFA 18 demo on the Xbox store – but keen-eyed gamers have managed to track it down.

The demo, which appears in the Ronaldo Nazario loan tab, cannot be downloaded yet – but it does reveal some key information about what to expect.


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For one, as we correctly assumed, the release date will be September 15.

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.

The FIFA 18 demo is already on the Xbox store – but cannot be downloaded yet

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The FIFA 18 demo is already on the Xbox store – but cannot be downloaded yet

To have a look for yourself, search ‘FIFA 18’ in the Xbox store – and you’ll see all the information.

How can I download it?

When the demo does go live, it’ll be given top spot 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’.

The demo can be clearly seen under the Ronaldo Nazario loan tab

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The demo can be clearly seen under the Ronaldo Nazario loan tab

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

How long will it take to download?

It’s all down to your internet but given the volume of people who’ll be downloading, expect to be waiting for at least one to two hours.

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

So, what’s in the demo?

If it’s the same build EA have been showing off at their preview events, 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

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.

NOW WATCH THE DEMO REVEAL BELOW.