We’re taking an early look at what you can expect from the FIFA 18 release date and what you need to know about the new FIFA 18 features and change for 2017. We’ll also walk through when to expect FIFA 18 gameplay videos and screenshots. Additionally, we’ll let you know when you can play FIFA 18 early.
In early May, we saw leaked video that appears to show the FIFA 18 cover athlete as Paul Pogba. This is a FIFA 18 concept from JamescDZN, and it is not leaked footage.
EA confirmed the new FIFA game for a release later this year in a call with investors where we learned a few facts about the game, including new details on The Journey — for Season 2 and we also learn where the team is focusing on delivering a new experience. In March EA confirmed that gamers will be able to play FIFA 18 early at EA Play in June.
After a conversion to Frostbite last year EA is also delivering Madden 18 on Frostbite in 2017, so we can expect to see improvements to both sports titles share some characteristics.
EA is just starting to talk about the new FIFA game for 2017, but we now know that is coming to the Nintendo Switch and are learning more about the game each day. Here’s a breakdown of the FIFA 18 release date details;
- FIFA 18 Release Date
- FIFA 18 Gameplay
- EA Play FIFA 18 Details
- FIFA 18 Graphics
- New FIFA 18 Features
- Madden 18 for Xbox 360 and PS3
Join us for an early look at the FIFA 18 release date, potential features and what you need to know about new FIFA 18 features in 2017.
FIFA 18 Release Date
The FIFA 18 release date is in September. EA did not confirm any specific FIFA 18 release date yet, but the game always arrives in September.
While not tied to the start of a specific season that many U.S. fans follow, the game must land in the midst of Madden 18 and NHL 18 as well as get to gamers before the plethora of fall releases arrive.
Expect the FIFA 18 release date on September 26th in the U.S. and a few days later in other countries. EA Access and Origin Access subscribers should expect a FIFA 18 trial five days before the public release. That means you may potentially get to play FIFA on Xbox One and PC as early as September 22nd.
FIFA 18 Cover Athlete
We’ve seen a change in the way EA goes after cover athletes in recent years, and it is possible that we will see a straight up announcement of the FIFA 18 cover star, but the current rumors saying Paul Pogba is the cover athlete come from a concept, not a leak.
FIFA 18 Gameplay & Screenshots
Expect to see the first FIFA 18 video at EA Play in June. EA typically saves this reveal for around E3. This first video will likely be a reveal that focuses on a story, but it may not show off much actual FIFA 18 gameplay.
The good news is that EA Play could include press access to the game and live streams that show off early gameplay. Last year FIFA 17 gameplay was scarce at the event, but some users were able to play FIFA.
If we don’t see any official FIFA gameplay videos or screenshots at E3 and EA Play, look for more information in August.
EA Play & FIFA 18 Demo Details
Unlike Madden 18, we could see a FIFA 18 demo that allows users to test out the new FIFA game on their console. Last year we saw the FIFA demo arrive in mid-September with a limited team selection but the option to play a full game. We expect a FIFA 18 demo around the same time-frame later this year.
EA confirmed EA Play in June, timed up with E3 2017. EA Play focuses on gamers. That means if you can get to The Hollywood Palladium you can play FIFA 18 early.
EA Play 2017 is June 10-12 and you can sign up for tickets starting at 9 AM Pacific on April 20th.
FIFA 18 Graphics
We expect to see improved FIFA 18 graphics that build on Frostbite and FIFA 17. There is no specific mention in the announcement of what we will see, but you can count on some enhancements to graphics.
Expect the best looking games on the Xbox One and PS4. There is a special Nintendo Switch FIFA 18 release, that is not built on a Xbox 360 or PS3 build, but we still don’t expect it to live up to the graphics on the Xbox One or PS4.
We could see the PS4 Pro gain some enhancements and possibly a better look on the Xbox Scorpio, but nothing is concrete there. We’re digging for more information on what could happen here.
New FIFA 18 Features
Although EA doesn’t make any specific announcements about new FIFA 18 features, they did deliver this statement to investors,
“We will continue to drive innovation and competition in our EA SPORTS franchises. FIFA 18 will build on the foundation we created with story mode this year, bringing players back to The Journey with Season 2, featuring new characters and new storylines. Our development team in Vancouver is delivering deeply innovative new experiences across this year’s game, including in Ultimate Team, and creating the most emotionally immersive and connected FIFA we have ever produced.”
The confirmation of The Journey with Season 2 is big news for players who liked controlling a single player through a career-style mode that is more connected than a traditional experience.
The addition of new players could add to the appeal, but it isn’t clear if that means more choice in who you control or simply other characters on the pitch and in your life.
Madden 18 for Xbox 360 and PS3
We are approaching that time in the life of the Xbox 360 and PS3 that EA could stop making the game, but there is a chance that we will see at least another year.
The FIFA 17 Xbox 360 and PS3 version did not use Frostbite, so don’t expect it on any potential PS3 or Xbox 360 FIFA 18 release.
We know that the Nintendo Switch FIFA 18 release is not built off a version for Xbox 360 or PS3, but we don’t know if it will use Frostbite yet.
All of this leaves a big unknown for FIFA 18 on Xbox 360 and PS3 right now.