FIFA 19’s big addition this year was the introduction of the Champions and Europa leagues.
However, while much attention has been placed on the former – the latter hasn’t been given much time to shine. Until now.
That’s because the first footage of the Europa League has made it online – and it’s looking spectacular.
Before the game kicks off, there’s a cutscene showing the players walking out on to the pitch – with the trophy taking centre stage.
As the players line up, a giant Europa logo is displayed in the centre of the pitch – much like they do in the Champions League.
Gameplay presentation is as expected, bar little details that round off the presentation package.
The small logo in the top left is a nice touch.
So, what happens if you win?
Well, annoyingly, it looks as though EA is using the same cut-scenes as if a team wins the Champions League.
We’re treated to the team picking up the trophy on the podium before fireworks and confetti shoot into the air.
And just like in the CL mode, we’re then given a parting shot of the team lying by the trophy.
Now, obviously, this makes sense as it’s far easier to develop a base cutscene and then shift around a few elements rather than re-write the whole thing.
However, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed that there’s not a unique celebration for this competition.
As this is taken from the demo version of the game, EA may yet be working on a a few tweaks to help give the celebration its own unique character.
But as things stand, I’m slightly underwhelmed.
FIFA 19 The Journey: Everything you NEED to know
Fans of The Journey have previously followed primarily Alex Hunter’s story as he grew from an amateur player to a pro, with EA recently announcing Hunter would be joining Real Madrid in FIFA 19.
Hunter’s sister Kim Hunter and his best friend Danny Williams will be playing a much larger role in this year’s FIFA.
They have all been given a separate story that will eventually intertwine together.
The Champions League is the focus and it’s likely we will see Williams and Hunter face off in the finals for the trophy.
It has also been confirmed that the three protagonists will cross paths with ‘some of the world’s most famous footballers’.
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