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FIFA 19: Fortnite celebrations could be coming to FIFA 19

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Fortnite, Fortnite, Fortnite. It dominates social media and everything we do.

Well, this summer during the World Cup we saw more Fortnite celebrations than at a 12-year-old’s birthday party.

Delle Alli hitting a floss

Delle Alli hitting a floss

It only makes sense, since English teammates Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Kieran Trippier have played the popular battle royale game on several occasions with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, the largest (and richest) professional Fortnite player.

A lot of the pro-footballers are young and love to play a bit of Fortnite in their downtime, who can blame them!?

Watch Ninja say ‘soccer’ in front of the three pros below.

At this year’s Gamescom Eurogamer got a chance to speak to FIFA’s creative director Matt Prior and ask him about adding Fortnite Celebrations into FIFA, he said:

“We pride ourselves on authenticity so if it’s something you see in the real world if a player – Griezmann, Dele Alli, those guys generally tend to do that – if it’s something they do, then it’s something we would potentially look to emulate. At the end of the day, if you watch a game and you see something in the real world game, we want that reflected in our own title. So there is potential.”

Prior went on to add that it would never be a direct reflection of what Fortnite are doing, it would be a reflection of players actions on the pitch.

With so many Fortnite dances becoming mainstream and the Premier League only in its beginning stages, we are sure to see plenty of ‘Orange Justices’ and ‘Flossing’ in the months to come.

The FIFA 19 demo will most likely take place in early September

The FIFA 19 demo will most likely take place in early September

Keen to play the FIFA 19 demo? Here’s everything we know.

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

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.


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

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

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

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.