Th Journey will come to end in FIFA 19, EA Sports has confirmed.
Speaking to Gamereactor at EA Play, creative director Matt Prior shed light about why EA is calling time on Alex Hunter’s story.
“That’s all that we can reveal at this event, that it is the end of a trilogy, which we always had it planned as a trilogy, because one of the things we wanted to showcase was the various levels of football,” he explained.
“So we started with his breakout into the professional world of football, Year 2 he spread his wings – MLS, Europe, and now Year 3 he’s competing for the ultimate prize in club football, so it’s always sort of planned out like that, and we’ll have more announcements as we go.”
He added: “The Journey’s been a massive success, so it’d be great to continue that and obviously with the Champions League as the main narrative focus.”
As Hunter’s journey comes to a close, EA may take this opportunity to add new gameplay and narrative improvements.
One of the best features about last year’s game was the ability to customise various aspects of the star.
Depending on how ‘Fiery’ or ‘Cool’ your Hunter was, different hairstyles and tattoos would be unlocked – making the whole experience feel more personal than before.
There were different clothes, too – which was a nice touch.
Still, as The Journey moves closer and closer to RPG territory, the level of customisation should reflect this.
Binding the gamer to just one player’s appearance seems a tad archaic, so we’d like to see the option of creating your own character.
Obviously, just like in the Mass Effect series, EA would still keep the base Hunter available for those to carry on the story – but there’s simply no good reason why we shouldn’t have a more detailed character creation tool this year.
Whatever Hunter’s fate – we can expect to see EA reveal a new character, perhaps even a new story, at some point in the near future.
We’ll have to wait until Gamescom to find out more.