EA has shared some statistics on how FIFA 18 players play the game. There's no doubt the World Cup helped bring in all sorts of players to the game, and now we can see how what players did lines up with what actually happened in real life.
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.
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
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."
Every team. Every stadium. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia update is now available for free in FIFA 18.
Do you like soccer? Great, because FIFA 19 is coming to Switch. Do you like any other sport that EA has licensed for a game? Too bad, as EA has no plans. We know that's the case for NBA Live and Madden, and now NHL 19 has joined the non-party. EA has confirmed that they have no current plans to bring the game to Switch.
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.”
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.
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."
The other day we heard a really backwards explanation as to why Madden 19 wasn't coming to Switch. Today we get a bit of a different answer, and I'm more inclined to believe this one.
Madden 19 Creative Director Mike Young and Senior Producer Carlos Guerrero talked about the upcoming game, and touched upon the lack of a Switch version. According to these two, the idea of bringing Madden to Switch was never really talked about. They're not saying the series couldn't hit Switch in the future, but for this game, it wasn't really discussed.