FIFA 18 isn’t the same game on Xbox 360 and PS3.
Of the five versions, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 made up a minuscule amount of sales last year.
Roughly 97% of games sold were for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with the Nintendo Switch edition accounting for one per cent.
The PS3 made up less than that, while the 360 sold marginally more.
The signs for last-gen owners hoping to get their hands on FIFA 19, then, are not good.
But you need only look at just how much FIFA 17 and 18 differed on last-gen to see that its time was slowly coming to an end.
While Xbox One, PC and PS4 owners enjoyed the new Frostbite Engine, The Journey and a revamped Career Mode – those on last-gen had none of those features.
After a bit of digging, it seems EA plans to wind down the series on last-gen console imminently – even as soon as this year.
Speaking at the Stifel 2013 Technology Conference, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the publisher will continue to release titles for last-generation consoles until 2017 (via Videogamer).
While he stressed this would be the ‘earliest’ the company would drop support for the Xbox 360 and PS3, the signs are certainly moving towards FIFA 19 being a current-gen / PC exclusive.
There are still thousands of gamers who play on last-gen technology – especially given that a new console costs upwards of £200.
It’s not the first time last-gen gamers have had a parred down version of a blockbuster game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (above) lacked an entire campaign mode on Xbox 360 and PS3 – with only multiplayer available.
Maybe ditching it altogether is better than essentially half a game?