Gamers have discovered a file that appears to show World Cup content on FIFA 18.
The code, which has been posted on the FIFA reddit, is already causing excitement amongst fans.
It reads: ‘Free World Cup pack’, which suggests, at the very least, that EA has something planned for the world’s biggest tournament in June.
FIFA players have long-been asking EA Sports for a World Cup mode to coincide with this year’s competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You could even play through the full tournament online or offline, from the groups to the knock-out stages. Incredible.