The sight of Gianluigi Buffon in tears after finding out his country won’t be going to the World Cup is still fresh in people’s minds.
The Italian shotstopper, who turned 40 this year, had to witness his nation miss out on a World Cup spot for the first time in more than half a century.
A tearful Buffon said he was sorry for all of Italy and that the blame was “divided equally among us all.”
But what if things were different?
Amazingly, in the new FIFA World Cup mode, EA Sports has added all the 21 teams that did not qualify – Italy being one of them.
Chile, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, DR Congo and Ghana are just a few of the brilliant teams you can take all the way through to World Cup glory – despite not making the cut in real life.
EA Sports announced the long-awaited World Cup mode earlier this month – with the expansion set to go live today (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
NOW WATCH THE BRILLIANT WORLD CUP GAME IN ACTION BELOW.
Dream Team World Cup has landed!
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is now live ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- SIGN UP FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
Messi? Ronaldo? Jordan Henderson? Take your pick, they’re all available for you to select at your mercy.
It’s absolutely free to enter, there’s a mouthwatering £175k prizepot and you can even play outside the UK.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up here!