No sooner has a FIFA game landed that we are thinking about the next one. What could be better? Who will be on the cover? Will we finally get full Serie A teams?
FIFA 18 was a decent update, but FIFA 17 was the most recent clear evolution of the series with the introduction of the Frostbite game engine and The Journey single player mode.
If 19 is to be an incremental upgrade, then what else can EA bring to the table? Will offsides be called earlier? Can we please foul the keeper? And will the commentary ever be approaching lifelike?
In June, FIFA teased the new game with last year’s cover star Cristiano Ronaldo in a Real Madrid shirt – potentially ending rumours of his leaving the club.
It also has the date 9 June, and will appear in an EA press conference reveal here.
When is FIFA 19 out?
FIFA games always come out in September. FIFA 18 came out on 29 September 2017, and FIFA 17 on 27 September 2016.
So, FIFA 19 will very likely be released during the last week of September.
How much will FIFA 19 cost?
Much like FIFA 18 (and many standard releases of games these days) we expect FIFA 19 to cost £49.99 in the UK on its release. There will no doubt be a special edition to pre-order too – this will cost more.
The Ronaldo Edition of FIFA 18 (with FIFA Ultimate Team goodies) cost £79.99 on release.
What platforms will FIFA 19 be on?
We reckon this is the year FIFA leaves older consoles behind. It’ll be on PS4, Xbox One and PC – and most likely Nintendo Switch.
But it’s unlikely to be on PS3 or Xbox 360, particularly as FIFA 18 on those platforms was a ‘legacy edition’ that stripped back gameplay to FIFA 17 levels so the old hardware could cope.
FIFA 19 should also come to Nintendo Switch, like FIFA 18. But like that port, It’ll probably not include The Journey and full-on Frostbite graphics due to the limitations of the Switch’s hardware.
What to expect from FIFA 19
FIFA games sometimes struggle to add new features year to year, but we’re hopeful FIFA 19 will be enough to warrant the purchase (but you’re going to buy it anyway, aren’t you?).
According to rumours, EA has nabbed the rights to use the Champions League and Europa League branding from Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. This is a major blow for Konami but a huge plus for FIFA 19 if true.
You could only play in the Champions Cup on FIFA 18, and the absence of the iconic music and trophy likeness takes away from the FIFA magic. It looks like it’ll be coming this September though, making FIFA an even better choice than the ailing PES series.
PES had UEFA rights for the last 10 years.
We fully expect Alex Hunter to return in The Journey for FIFA 19, and hence the single player mode’s third year. While slow at times (those cut scenes) the mode was a breath of fresh air for the sometimes-stagnant series.
Interacting with players like Ronaldo and Harry Kane on and off the pitch and even deciding how you should come across on social media is a tad clunky, but the coming off the bench and scoring winners in finals scenarios are exciting enough to keep us playing.
Serie A and Coppa Italia
Maybe less important for some, but anyone who watched Football Italia back in the day will rejoice – FIFA 19 will reportedly have full right to names, teams, likenesses and stadiums for the Italian first division.
It always makes FIFA more fun when you have the latest kits, names and player ratings – this is what makes it a football nerd’s dream, and adding Serie A in its entirety only adds to the fun.
Maybe it’s because we suck at them, but it’d be great if EA could get penalties and free kicks right. Sure, we can improve outfield play by sticking to it, but set plays are pretty difficult.
We’d also appreciate more off ball control where possible and be able to turn off the option for visual control toggles so we don’t keep accidentally turning it on when indulging in some more heating control-stick gameplay.
And if there’s some way to properly punish those who quit online games when they’re losing, that’d be much appreciate. Show some sportsmanship, people!