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FIFA 19: The Cristiano Ronaldo cover has finally been changed

EA have cut it close with the game only weeks away from launch

For months FIFA fans weren’t sure what EA was going to do with the incorrect Cristiano Ronaldo cover.

It has now been revealed that EA have opted to use the same cover shot of the former Real Madrid Player.

The only change?

They have digitally replaced the Madrid shirt with a Juventus one.

This probably saved them a bit of time and money.

Uncanny

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Uncanny

The transfer couldn’t have come at a better time for EA Sports.

Any later and their FIFA 19 artwork and promotional footage could have been rendered useless!

However, they will still have to make certain changes to The Journey mode.

Having featured prominently in this year’s version, EA may have to rethink how they proceed with the storyline, as they don’t want to seem inauthentic in their portrayal of Hunter’s story and real-world football events.

Protagonist Alex Hunter’s move to Real Madrid will most likely set him up as a rival to Ronaldo, which will be brilliant to play through.

The protagonist in journey mode Alex Hunter taking a picture with Ronaldo

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The protagonist in journey mode Alex Hunter taking a picture with Ronaldo

Keen to get hands-on with the FIFA 19 Demo?

The demo is only a few weeks away, with all signs pointing to a September release.

While there’s been little to no information about what’s included, a recent preview event used a game code that, in theory, should be rather similar.

Using that as a guide, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about the FIFA 19 demo.

How many teams will be in playable in the demo?

There will nine teams to choose from in the demo.

These are as follows:

  • Bayern Munich
  • Juventus
  • PSG
  • Man City
  • Man United
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Tottenham Hotspur

Amazingly, Dortmund were only just added to the roster after the German team dumped PES and switched allegiances to EA.

It’s not known yet what stadiums will feature, but we’re almost certain there won’t be nine of them.

The demo will likely offer offline play with up to two players – and may include a playable section of The Journey, although no details have been confirmed.

There are also a host of new gameplay features and tweaks set to arrive to this year’s game.

Here are the most important.

Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

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Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

Will I be able to play online?

No – the demo will be offline only.

Will The Journey be included?

Highly unlikely – but perhaps a trailer may make the cut.

Tactics

Game plans have been introduced this year – which are set up before a match.

Here, you can set what tactics your team has depending on certain situations – such as if they’re 1-0 up or losing a match.

Once you have made the plans, simply assign to a D-pad press and you’re good to go.

Unlike last year, when it was hard to see if a tactical option had been executed, there’s now a clear toggle for on-the-fly instructions.

We’ve seen this before

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We’ve seen this before

You’re also now able to adjust your team’s width and depth, as well as instruct your full backs what kind of runs to make in attack or your centre back to cover certain areas of the pitch.

There’s greater control over your team’s defensive style, too – with new settings: “pressure after possession loss,” “constant pressure,” “drop back,” “balanced,” and “pressure on heavy touch.”

Sounds great!

Sweet spot

If you tap Circle or B just as your foot hits the ball, you massively increase the chance of striking it into the top corner.

It’s all about timing, so get it wrong and you’ll be punished with a scuffed shot.

Revised mini-map

A simple but welcome change.

One team will now have triangle icons, the other will have circles – so it’s easier to see who’s who.

Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

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Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

Champions League

EA has got everything from the Champions League logo including the commentary team, Derek Rae and Lee Dixon.

It’ll also have its own mode and the ability to create custom tournaments. Amazing.

Europa League

This was slightly overshadowed by the Champions League announcement, but yes the Europa League will also be in FIFA 19.

Expect the full broadcast package, too.

General gameplay 

Passing has been re-worked to feel more natural, while an active touch system allows better first touches from different parts of the body.

It also opens up the possibility of a feint attack – where, as the ball approaches, you can shift your weight one way, before going the other.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

Stepovers, too, are reportedly easier to pull off and look more convincing – making it harder for your opponent to defend against.

Finally, 50/50 battles over a loose ball will now take into account more variables than last year – such as reaction time.

NOW CHECK OUT THE FIFA 19 TRAILER BELOW.