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Why a FIFA Street return may still be on the cards

Fans have wanted it for years... so will EA finally deliver?

It’s been more than four years since a FIFA Street game came along – and for many fans, that’s far too long.

Although FIFA 18 gave a nod to the acclaimed series at the start of The Journey: Hunter Returns – it was underdeveloped and felt bolted on.

But is that as good as we’re going to get? Or, just as EA Sports did with Career Mode this year, will we see the cult football series return invigorated next year?

The opening section of Hunter Returns sees you take on kids in a game of street football in Brazil

The opening section of Hunter Returns sees you take on kids in a game of street football in Brazil

For those unfamiliar with FIFA Street, it championed winning with style.

Matches were fast-paced five-a-side affairs, where pulling off incredible tricks and demonstrating flair was just as important as victory.

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However, EA has channelled focus in the ‘full fat’ games of late – meaning Street has fallen by the wayside.

Still, that hasn’t stopped demand for a new entry reaching fever pitch. Hundreds of fans have even flocked to Reddit, demanding that EA releases a new game.


You could play as Messi in the 2012 version of the game – which ditched cartoon graphics for more realistic players

Although nothing has been confirmed, there have been a few interesting developments.

Last year a keen-eyed gamer spotted the FIFA Street servers had been reactivated – sparking rumours a return was imminent.

He wrote: “Was playing a bit of offline for nostalgia and noticed I connected to the EA servers. Went on the Xbox live part and sure enough it worked!!”

Although a ‘true’ reboot may not be what’s on the way, some speculate the game may coming to the EA Vault as part of the EA Access programme.


Winning was as much about style as it was about goals – fans will hope it returns for FIFA 18

There’s also the possibility that EA could add a ‘Street’ mode as an add-on, either to FIFA 18 or as a flagship piece of content for FIFA 19.

In theory, it could be incredibly easy. Simply create a few more smaller stadiums, add a new option on the menu then allocate a certain amount of server power to the lobbies.

From a business perspective, this would perhaps make the most sense – taking pressure off Street to sell on its own, instead allowing it to piggyback off FIFA 19’s imminent gargantuan sales curve.

Gamers could design and create their own kits, challenge others in an online FIFA Street Ultimate Team… the possibilities are endless.


The 2012 version of FIFA Street was easily the most refined

As per the section in Hunter Returns, EA clearly has the tech and know-how to make this happen.

We’re convinced that gameplay segment was a testing bed to assess both feasibility of production and mass roll out as well as appetite for more of the same.

With EA making a huge song and dance about Frostibite this year, they’ll need another ace up their sleeve next year to keep fans excited.

FIFA Street could well be their secret weapon.