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FIFA 18: EA Sports tell gamers they ‘played it safe’ with FIFA 17 as demo release date nears

EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund says this year's version will be much improved

EA Sports revealed they ‘played it safe’ with FIFA 17 – because of they were still getting to grips with the new Frostbite engine.

Frostbite, developed by EA Dice, powers a number of games from the publisher – including Need for Speed: Payback and Battlefield 1.

It was introduced to last year’s FIFA 17 – which was generally well received.

But speaking to Gamereactor, EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund says this year’s FIFA 18 will take more risk and push the limits of what the engine can achieve.


He told the website: “Last year we got FIFA on to Frostbite for the first time. This year we’ll see the second version of it on Frostbite which, you’ll see, looks a lot better, plays a lot better, and is more of a complete transformation from what the game was, which was always going to be the case.

FIFA 18 launches worldwide on September 29 – with a demo dropping on September 15

FIFA 18 launches worldwide on September 29 – with a demo dropping on September 15

“When you move technology platform like we did on FIFA, you have to balance risk vs reward, and you have to make sure the game actually works and that you don’t screw things up that were good in the previous generation, but still improve.

“So we had to play it a little bit safe with last year’s game, FIFA 17, and with FIFA 18 this year we can go all in, and you can see it. You can see the game looks better, plays better, we’ve been able to take more risk and push the engine harder, which I hope people are going to see.”

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For those wanting to get their hands on the new game, it’s not long before the FIFA 18 demo arrives.

It’s set to land on September 15 – two weeks before launch.

If you want to play it up a few hours earlier, 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 already see the FIFA 18 demo on the Xbox store?

The FIFA 18 demo is already on the Xbox store

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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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.