FIFA 18 didn't have World Cup finalists Croatia as a team until May

The FIFA World Cup Finals will see Croatia and France facing off. France being in the finals isn't a shocker by any means, but Croatia absolutely is. A licensing deal meant that the team wasn't added to the game until the free World Cup update in May. Even as of right now, if you use the quick-start “Kick Off” mode in FIFA 18, you still can’t select Croatia, as you can only play as them in World Cup mode.

2018’s E3 Game Critics Awards - winners revealed

The winners for the 2018’s E3 Game Critics Awards have been revealed, and there are some Nintendo-related titles among the gang. You can see those titles below, and then hit the link for the full list of categories/winners.

Best Fighting Game

- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best Sports Game

- FIFA 19

Best Family/Social Game

- Overcooked 2

Best Ongoing Game

- Fortnite

FIFA 19 will let you know Ultimate Team pack odds

I'm not even going to pretend like I know what any of this means. All I know is that it's important to FIFA fans, and is something they've been asking for for years. Those requests will finally be fulfilled in FIFA 19. Here's EA Sports vice president and COO Daryl Holt with the scoop.

"For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting. You are getting a certain number of assets that are guaranteed - and we're going to start to do pack odds disclosures that'll show you the odds of what you might get. That'll be in our product year 19 titles. So, at least that aspect of understanding what the chances are of getting X, Y and Z card."

FIFA 18 - 2018 World Cup Russia Trailer (UK)

Every team. Every stadium. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia update is now available for free in FIFA 18.

Nintendo says their tech team is working with EA to make FIFA 19 the best it can be

From the hands-on impressions we've come across, it seems like FIFA 19 is going to be a much improved version of last year's Switch outing. How is EA pulling off a better game this time around? Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime says EA and Nintendo are working together to make things better.

“How do you take a game like FIFA, built on the Frostbite engine, and have it look and play as well on our platform as it does elsewhere? Our technical team is working with their technical teams and development community to bring that to life.”

EA has not tweaked FIFA 18 gameplay for the World Cup update

When the World Cup update came out for FIFA 18, a number of players noticed that the game felt different. They saw minor changes in the way the game played, including dribbling, a slower pace, and more. Well it seems all those players were imagining things, as EA hasn't changed a thing. Andrei Lazarescu, producer of the Switch version of FIFA and the World Cup update, has said EA didn't make any changes to the gameplay. Lazarescu says anything players are seeing as changed in the gameplay department is simply psychological.

EA says they've looked at/talk about cross-platform play for FIFA, but there are "a lot of issues to work through"

Fortnite has shown that cross-platform play is something that can be realized in today's games, complete with voice chat. Now the pressure is on for other games to do the same. Could we see EA offer the same sort of feature set with FIFA? Here's what FIFA creative director Matt Prior

"It's something we've looked at, and it's something we often talk about. There are a lot of issues to work through. I'm trying to be diplomatic here! There are a lot of issues to work through with various first parties. But Fortnite does that now with PC to consoles. From a consumer standpoint, it makes the community that much broader, which makes it that much more compelling."

FIFA 19 associate producer would love to see competition from Pro Evo Soccer on Switch

The following tidbits come from a DualShockers interview with FIFA 19 Associate Producer Andrei Lăzărescu.

- there is no Pro Evolution Soccer game on Switch
- the FIFA team would love the competition from that
- the team heard players enjoy FIFA 18 on Switch due to its portability, depth of modes, and the ability to play Ultimate Team
- the fans “obviously want more” so the team added the World Cup a few days ago
- the team already proven many predictions wrong by pushing into the second iteration of the franchise on the Switch
- the devs are always looking at how they can improve the experience
- they view the game they built for 2018 as just the first step towards evolving the FIFA experience
- FIFA 19 stands as a testament to that with Champions League, gameplay innovations, rendering improvements, and depth in modes
- FIFA 19 is an “evolutionary step” in the franchise

FIFA 19 - Switch off-screen footage

All the hands-on impressions of FIFA 19 on Switch are saying that the game definitely looks better than last year's installment. It's nice to know EA is actually putting in some work on the Switch version, at least when it comes to visuals. With a handful of other in-game features getting updated, perhaps this year's outing will be a bit more pleasing to fans overall.