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All Quiet on the FIFA 18 Front

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All Quiet on the FIFA 18 Front

 

It’s mid-July and the summer silly season (aka transfer window) is in full swing. As a footy fan, this is the time usually reserved for reading up on the latest rumors and over-analyzing press releases by EA and Konami for their upcoming fall soccer titles. There’s only one problem, EA has been unusually quiet on the FIFA 18 front. While Konami has been very transparent with showing off their new game and features, EA has gone into stealth mode, playing the background and working behind the scenes.

Let’s take a brief second to go over what we know to date:

Release Date – We know that FIFA 18 will release on September 29 on the usual consoles as well as the Nintendo Switch. Nothing new here, FIFA and PES usually release a month or so after the European seasons start. 

Three New Stadiums Will Appear – “LA Galaxy’s Stubhub Center, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, and Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium all join the lineup of real-life grounds for this year’s game.” Two new stadiums for promoted Championship sides and one of MLS’ most popular clubs get their authentic stadiums in this year’s game. 

Gameplay Trailer – On June 10, EA released a Gameplay Trailer showcasing signature animations from the game’s cover athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s hard to take too much from this, even after slowing it down to .25 speed on YouTube. Raheem Sterling, Antoine Griezman and the aforementioned Ronaldo all seem to have their individual characteristics (dribbling, running animations, etc…) captured and implemented but actual gameplay was not shown. 

Gameplay Features – This year’s marketing push centers on Real Player Motion Technology, Player Personality, Dribbling Overhaul, and in-general, Gameplay Inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo. It wouldn’t be a sports game release without the catchphrases and this year’s iteration brings us an emphasis on more individuality and player/team personality. Traditionally weak in the area of personality and individuality, FIFA 18 might finally be the game that puts all of those licenses to use.

FIFA 18 Trial – Available to EA Access members and subscribers, FIFA 18 will once again be available early for a 10 hour trial starting September 21. No details have been announced regarding a demo, but it’s safe to assume that there will be one available.

Yup, that’s pretty much it. Sure there have been a few leaked videos and some hands-on impressions from E3 by our very own Millennium, but so far FIFA 18 has taken a backseat to PES 2018 when it comes to early information about this year’s title. That’s not to say EA won’t start ramping up its press releases, but for a game with as much global popularity as FIFA, it’s a little surprising how the game is shaping up. Maybe it’s arrogance on EA’s part knowing that updated rosters will still sell like crazy or perhaps they’re waiting for the perfect moment to wow us with some huge new feature (Online Manager Mode – fingers crossed!). One thing’s for certain, this year is certainly a deviation from the norm when it comes to early news.

What’s your take on the lack of news regarding FIFA 18? Cause for concern or nothing to worry about?

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  1. I'm actually really okay with this. Something tells me they are just waiting for the perfect time to pounce. While FIFA always has FUT, you have to hand it to them for still acknowledging other demographics that are not of FUT interest. Yes, they can definitely improve CM, but at least the gameplay (and I hope sliders) is at a decent level. I'm sure we're going to see the Frostbite engine ramped up a bit higher than last year.
    I heard (not a reliable source admittedly) that they have done a lot more with the fans/crowds this year, even going as far as fans leaving early in games that are one-sided. Now THAT would be very cool!
    Yeah this could go either way: Either they got something up their sleeves (sorry but I doubt this) or its just another "slow and steady update" from last year's game. 
    Not to deviate but even the Madden team is quiet (and release is next month!). These are the 2 largest EA Sports franchises (AFAIK) and it's a little odd. Sadly, FIFA is still a juggernaut and regardless of updates, they're still selling more than any other Sports  game out there. 
    First off, online manager mode would be completely awesome. Been wanting this for years.
    Also, I'm wondering if this is a new EA Sports strategy with Madden being so quiet this year compared to the past couple years.
    SteveFBC
    I heard (not a reliable source admittedly) that they have done a lot more with the fans/crowds this year, even going as far as fans leaving early in games that are one-sided. Now THAT would be very cool!

    That would be fantastic. It feels like it's been a while since they worked on the smaller details. I have heard some interviews with devs over the past several years where they brought up implementing elements that made the game feel less generic.
    I'd like to be optimistic, but unfortunately all I'm expecting is updated rosters and some tweaks to FUT. There's so much that needs added/fixed in FIFA that will probably never be addressed. It's sad, because I really want to enjoy "the beautiful game."
    crusader
    EA knows its about to get its *** kicked by pes this year!

    Pretty much this but they don't care they'll still outsell PES
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    crusader
    EA knows its about to get its *** kicked by pes this year!

    I'm strongly considering switching to PES this year. Haven't played that franchise since the called themselves "Winning Eleven" since FIFA 18 will most likely be an updated version of 17 can't hurt to try something new.
    crusader
    EA knows its about to get its *** kicked by pes this year!

    PES kicks EA's @$$ every year, from a gameplay/depth POV.
    EA kills them with the official licenses, which sadly for a lot/most people is where it starts and ends.
    SteveFBC
    PES kicks EA's @$$ every year, from a gameplay/depth POV.
    EA kills them with the official licenses, which sadly for a lot/most people is where it starts and ends.

    I hate to be "that guy" but this lack of info from EA regarding FIFA is pushing me more and more toward purchasing PES this year. I've always wanted to do PES but i'm such a creature of habit that I haven't made the jump. Maybe this will be the year
    At least PES is a solid option to FIFA.
    PES has been outshining EA with some nice changes gameplay-wise.
    I feel FIFA has stagnated a bit these last 2 years or so.
    I still miss the old Xbox 360/Ps3 era with team creator and all that. It let you create leagues in the game that otherwise was left out and put it into your Career-mode.
    I mean you can customize your FIFA game a bit nowadays as well, but nothing quite like adding a local team or you own created super team gearing up to take on Juventus in Serie A.
    It seems the German 3 liga now has been al but confirmed. Also added is the DFB Pokal, which is a very nice touch for those of us who like teams from other places than England.
    http://www.footyheadlines.com/2017/07/fifa-18-to-feature-germanys-3-liga.html
    It could be really fun to finally fan the flames of the St. Pauli - Hansa derby, now that is a rivalry!
    Or to play out my dreams of bringing Hallescher FC, Prussia Münster, Wurzburger Kickers (Yes, that is a name!) to the Bundesliga and glory.. But is that enough?
    Im not sure it can compete with what the PES has shown off so far.
    I would give PES a fair shot on Xbox if microsoft would all option file sharing.
    Xbox GT: Hunkerdown
    Mixer: HUNKERDOWN
    Sports Franchises:
    Madden 17 - Falcons
    FIFA 17 - Everton
    NBA 2K16 - Hawks
    TGC2 - OS Golf Society
    Northernwolf
    At least PES is a solid option to FIFA.
    PES has been outshining EA with some nice changes gameplay-wise.
    I feel FIFA has stagnated a bit these last 2 years or so.
    I still miss the old Xbox 360/Ps3 era with team creator and all that. It let you create leagues in the game that otherwise was left out and put it into your Career-mode.
    I mean you can customize your FIFA game a bit nowadays as well, but nothing quite like adding a local team or you own created super team gearing up to take on Juventus in Serie A.
    It seems the German 3 liga now has been al but confirmed. Also added is the DFB Pokal, which is a very nice touch for those of us who like teams from other places than England.
    http://www.footyheadlines.com/2017/07/fifa-18-to-feature-germanys-3-liga.html
    It could be really fun to finally fan the flames of the St. Pauli - Hansa derby, now that is a rivalry!
    Or to play out my dreams of bringing Hallescher FC, Prussia Münster, Wurzburger Kickers (Yes, that is a name!) to the Bundesliga and glory.. But is that enough?
    Im not sure it can compete with what the PES has shown off so far.

    Wurzburger Kickers? I think I may have found the team for my next youth series career mode if I do get FIFA 18 this year
    One thing is certain, with Madden 18 likely to dissapoint on the CFM side, will be looking forward to enjoying Matt10 project sliders (excuse my incorrect reference) and the engrossing franchise in FIFA which I did for the first time last year. I think it's pretty good compared to other franchise modes in other sports games and since they fixed the budget issue it's been great. Does anyone know if PES has a good franchise system and how does it compare to FIFA?
    bobzyauncle
    One thing is certain, with Madden 18 likely to dissapoint on the CFM side, will be looking forward to enjoying Matt10 project sliders (excuse my incorrect reference) and the engrossing franchise in FIFA which I did for the first time last year. I think it's pretty good compared to other franchise modes in other sports games and since they fixed the budget issue it's been great. Does anyone know if PES has a good franchise system and how does it compare to FIFA?

    FIFA's manager career mode is awful. It also hasn't changed in several years.
    bobzyauncle
    One thing is certain, with Madden 18 likely to dissapoint on the CFM side, will be looking forward to enjoying Matt10 project sliders (excuse my incorrect reference) and the engrossing franchise in FIFA which I did for the first time last year. I think it's pretty good compared to other franchise modes in other sports games and since they fixed the budget issue it's been great. Does anyone know if PES has a good franchise system and how does it compare to FIFA?

    Master League in PES is a bit shallow but pretty decent and functional- still beter than FIFA's CM.
    bobzyauncle
    One thing is certain, with Madden 18 likely to dissapoint on the CFM side, will be looking forward to enjoying Matt10 project sliders (excuse my incorrect reference) and the engrossing franchise in FIFA which I did for the first time last year. I think it's pretty good compared to other franchise modes in other sports games and since they fixed the budget issue it's been great. Does anyone know if PES has a good franchise system and how does it compare to FIFA?

    Fifa franchise mode is pretty weak compared to most sports games lol
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    deadlocked
    Is this the first country outside England to have more than 2 leagues in FIFA?
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    Yes, and definitely the best 3 league of all, it will be cool !.:cool:
    bobzyauncle
    One thing is certain, with Madden 18 likely to dissapoint on the CFM side, will be looking forward to enjoying Matt10 project sliders (excuse my incorrect reference) and the engrossing franchise in FIFA which I did for the first time last year. I think it's pretty good compared to other franchise modes in other sports games and since they fixed the budget issue it's been great. Does anyone know if PES has a good franchise system and how does it compare to FIFA?

    EA really needs to take a look at NBA 2k (even tho I hated 2ks gameplay this past year) 2k has done an amazing job with MYGM/MY League. Idk wtf ea does all year round.
    thechef128
    EA really needs to take a look at NBA 2k (even tho I hated 2ks gameplay this past year) 2k has done an amazing job with MYGM/MY League. Idk wtf ea does all year round.

    Break FUT more and more than it already was
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