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FIFA 18: The new World Cup cards have just dropped and we’re very excited

Lionel Messi is one of a small number of players to get an upgrade

We’re all building up for the World Cup, with EA Sports set to reveal the ratings for a number of big stars ahead of FIFA 18’s upcoming World Cup update.

Only a handful of players will be getting an upgrade, including a certain Lionel Messi.

All eyes on this guy

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All eyes on this guy

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The Barcelona maestro will be the one to watch this summer, as he looks to help Argentina win their first World Cup since 1986.

But he’s not the only tasty-looking player in their team, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero making up one extremely deadly attack.

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Further back, Premier League fans will be keeping a close eye on Marcos Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi, while Man United fans will be fascinated to see how former flop Angel Di Maria gets on.


Landing on May 29, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia download promises to deliver authentic gameplay, teams and stadiums in the single-biggest add-on since FIFA 14.

EA confirmed the update will be arriving on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. The Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles appear set to miss out on the update.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal in the upcoming World Cup mode

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal in the upcoming World Cup mode

Despite concerns a number of teams would be missing from the update, EA announced all 32 nations who qualified for the tournament will feature.

As well as a solo mode, which lets you take a team from the group stage to the final in Moscow, you’re also able to create your own Custom Tournament draw.

Want England to win the World Cup? Now’s your chance

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Want England to win the World Cup? Now’s your chance

A revised Ultimate Team mode will let you build your dream World Cup team as well as see the introduction of World Cup Icons.

All 12 stadiums from Russia are included in the update – as well as pitch environments, advertisements, dressings, national team banners and high-resolution crowds.

The Luzhniki stadium is just one of the arenas that will arrive in the free update

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The Luzhniki stadium is just one of the arenas that will arrive in the free update

To ensure the most realistic experience possible, the official World Cup graphic and broadcast package has also been replicated in-game, while Frostbite-driven cinematic scenes keep you immersed long after the final whistle.

Antoine Griezmann in action for France

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Antoine Griezmann in action for France

Elsewhere, a new chemistry system provides different ways to link your favourite international players.

Instead of clubs and leagues, nationalities and confederations will be key chemistry components to consider when building and organising your squad.

All squads from every qualifying nation will be up-to-date with refreshed ratings, while dynamic World Cup Items will be released to match real-world performance.

Solo mode can see you take a team through to the final

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Solo mode can see you take a team through to the final

Finally, for every Standard or Premium pack you purchase in World Cup Ultimate Team, you will receive equivalent pack value in FUT.

Phew, that’s a lot of content!

May 29 can’t come soon enough.


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