FIFA 19 Release Date & Features: 8 Things to Know

Cristiano Ronaldo is the FIFA 19 cover star. The FIFA 19 release date is September 28 and the game will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

EA shared a lot of new information at EA Play, and this roundup of the latest FIFA 19 will help you catch up on what EA is bringing to gamers this year.

We’ve seen a huge amount of interest in The Journey, FIFA’s story mode that came back for season 2 last year and there is a good chance we will see EA continue with story features this year. FIFA gained 10% more new players with FIFA 18 and FIFA Ultimate Team grew 12% compared to the previous year. Expect to see EA push hard to deliver improved experiences there, especially as they are able to sell packs to players to ramp up revenue.

FIFA 19 Release Date

The FIFA 19 release date is September 28th. With the Madden 19 release date moved up almost two weeks, it’s a little surprising to see FIFA come a week later than expected, but not a big deal for gamers.

The FIFA 19 Champions Edition includes 3 days of early access to the whole game.

Count on EA Access to get a Play First Trial that allows gamers to play the full version of the game early. This is normally five days of early access, so it could start on September 20th. This is a part of a $5 a month or $30 a year membership that allows you to try EA games early and also includes full access to older EA games. There is no EA Access for PS4, so this will be on Xbox and Origin Access will be on the PC.

FIFA 19 Cover

The new FIFA 19 cover.
The new FIFA 19 cover.

EA doesn’t do cover votes for FIFA games anymore. Instead they hand pick the FIFA 19 cover star. Last year Ronaldo was on the cover of FIFA and this year we see Cristiano Ronaldo back as the star of the reveal.

FIFA 19 Pricing

There are three special FIFA 19 editions that you can buy this year. That’s one more than Madden 19.

  • FIFA 19 Standard Edition – $59.99
  • FIFA 19 Champions Edition – $79.99
  • FIFA 19 Ultimate Edition – $99.99

With the special editions you get to play early and you get loads of FUT bonus items.

FIFA 19 Features & Graphics

EA delivered FIFA 18 as Xbox One X Enhanced and the game looked better on PS4 Pro as well. Count on Enhanced and upgraded graphics on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro when you pick up FIFA 19 later this year. This means 4K gaming with HDR support on both PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, and HDR support on the PS4 and Xbox One S.

FIFA 19 shares the game engine with Madden and Battlefield, so improvements to the engine overall help the graphical upgrades across all EA titles that share the Frostbite engine. This helps deliver bigger graphical jumps each year.

We’re exploring the new FIFA 19 features and will update them as we learn more during the rest of EA Play. The big new feature is UEFA Champions League.

Play FIFA 19 Early

You can pre-register for EA Play where you can play FIFA 19 early if you are selected to attend. This event takes place June 9-11th in Hollywood, California. You should register now, and then you will find out if you make the cut very soon.

If you go, you can play FIFA 19 early and play other EA games like Madden 19, the new Battlefield, Anthem and other EA games before the release this fall.

FIFA 19 Editions

There are three FIFA 19 editions that you can choose from, ranging in price form $59.99 to $99.99.

The standard FIFA 19 edition includes;

  • Up to five Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo loan item for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

The FIFA 19 Champions edition includes;

  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick (Choose one of five 80 to 83 rated gold players from qualified teams)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

The FIFA 19 Ultimate edition includes;

  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick (Choose one of five 80 to 83 rated gold players from qualified teams)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan players for seven FUT matches
  • Special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

If you buy on the Nintendo Switch, you can only choose from the standard or Champions editions.

FIFA 19 Demo

While EA has been stingy with Madden demos, they never stopped offering a FIFA demo. We expect to see the company stick with tradition and offer up a limited FIFA 19 demo for PS4, Xbox One and PC in early September. This free FIFA 19 demo will allow you to play with a few teams as you test the new FIFA 19 features and it may even include a sneak peak at a new story mode.

Last year the demo arrived on September 12th, and it would make sense to see the FIFA 19 demo release date on September 11, 2018 this year.

FIFA 19 Consoles & Systems

Expect to see FIFA 19 on a wide range of consoles and on PC this year. We always see FIFA games arrive on PlayStation, Xbox and PC, and that won’t change this year.

Count on playing FIFA 19 on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S and the Xbox One X as well as on PC. There is no chance that you will be able to play the full version of FIFA 19 on the Xbox 360 or PS3, so if you are still holding on to one of those consoles it is time to upgrade. We saw FIFA 18 Legacy Edition on PS3 and Xbox 360 last year, but you miss out on the newest features. The Legacy Edition of FIFA 18 was essentially FIFA 17 with a new menu and new team rosters. It’s unclear if EA plans to offer a Legacy edition this year or if they will focus on the newer systems.

We expect to see FIFA 19 for the Nintendo Switch.
We expect to see FIFA 19 for the Nintendo Switch.

We saw FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch last year, and EA confirmed FIFA 19 for the Switch. The game didn’t feature Frostbite and lacked features found on the PS4 and Xbox One. While reviews found that it was the best portable version of FIFA yet, it lagged behind. We’ll add more as we learn what the FIFA 19 Nintendo Switch release brings us.

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