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FIFA 18: The FREE World Cup mode should be arriving very, very soon

All signs are pointing to a spring release

FIFA 18 players will be treated to a Word Cup 2018 expansion in the coming weeks, rather than a standalone game.


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According to Goal, The World Cup download will arrive in spring and be available PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows.

There’s no word yet as to whether the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will get the version, although a stripped back update could well be on the cards.

Last September, Spanish commentator Manolo Lama confirmed he was to record commentary for the expansion.

There’s no word yet as to whether the mode will be a free update – but if history is anything to go by, it’s most likely going to be

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There’s no word yet as to whether the mode will be a free update – but if history is anything to go by, it’s most likely going to be

He told Radio COPE: “I have to record it for FIFA World Cup in December, I think it will be out in February or March.”

The World Cup kicks off on June 14, so it’s likely the expansion will land sometime before then to give it the longest shelf life possible.

It’s not the first time EA Sports has chosen to update a game rather than release a standalone product.

Back in May 29 2014, EA added a special Ultimate Team: World Cup mode to FIFA 14 – and better yet, it didn’t cost a penny.

It arrived as a free update – a welcome change given how strongly EA leans on the in-game purchase model.

EA will be missing a huge trick if they do not include a World Cup mode

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EA will be missing a huge trick if they do not include a World Cup mode

The mode featured players and kits from all 32 teams taking part. It even included the official adidas Brazuca match ball and Estadio do Maracana in Rio.

There were new player items, too – with updated player images and a fresh World Cup theme to make your squad stand out. Some players even received updated stats for the World Cup alone.

 

New cards and ratings will surely be part of the promotion

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New cards and ratings will surely be part of the promotion

But it gets better.

Back then, there was a two-for-one promotion on FUT packs – which meant you got a free normal Gold pack in every World Cup pack opened.

Yes, you read that right.

The mode could be played offline and online – so was accessible to all

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The mode could be played offline and online – so was accessible to all

You could even play through the full tournament online or offline, from the groups to the knock-out stages. Incredible.

FIFA 14 really brought the World Cup to life – but this year the Frostbite engine should blow it out of the water

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FIFA 14 really brought the World Cup to life – but this year the Frostbite engine should blow it out of the water

Remember, keep on top with all the latest FIFA 18 news and FIFA 19 rumours by checking out our detailed ‘Absolutely everything you need to know’ article.