FIFA 19 will be arriving on Xbox 360 and PS3, putting an end to rumours that last year’s game was the final version on those consoles.
Roughly 97 per cent of FIFA 18 copies sold were for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with the Nintendo Switch edition accounting for one per cent.
The PS3 made up less than that, while the 360 sold marginally more – sparking rumours that EA was set to ditch the hardware.
However, this year’s game has been listed on a number of retail sites – although, as per last year’s version, there’s been very little improved.
Dubbed the ‘Legacy Edition’, it’s described as pretty much the same game as the past two years – just with updated menu presentation.
Frostbite technology will not be used, rather the same IGNITE Engine as FIFA 16.
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The description on one gaming retailer reads: “Gameplay features and modes will have parity with FIFA 18 and FIFA 17 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.”
FIFA Ultimate Team on FIFA 19 Legacy Edition will not include FUT ICONS or The Journey, either.
Despite the PS3 and Xbox 360 being more than 10 years old, there are still thousands of gamers who, for whatever reason, are yet to upgrade.
In this respect, it’s a good move from EA as, not only do they ensure that as many people as possible play the game, but they’re covering every aspect of the market to get as much mileage out of the ageing hardware.
PES 2019 developer Konami has dropped support for last-gen this year, despite the fact that FOX Engine (which powers the game) scales well on the older machines.
This gives last-gen console owners little choice but to pick up FIFA 19 if they’re to play the latest football game on the market 0- despite a parred down version.