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What We Know So Far About FIFA 19
It’s that time of year again! The football season is getting started in the majority of the biggest leagues across the world. As ever, EA Sports are set to release their latest football sim, FIFA. With the release date not far away, we look at everything we know so far about FIFA 19.
When is FIFA 19 released?
FIFA 19 is released worldwide on Friday 28th September 2018. If you pre-order the Champions Edition of the game, you will get 3 days early access from Tuesday 25th September 2018. A digital only Ultimate Edition of the game is also available on 25th September.
How much is FIFA 19?
The base game retails at £49.99. The Champions Edition is £69.99. The Ultimate Edition is £89.99. There are extra in-game bonuses available in the two special editions:
- 3 days early access
- Special edition FUT kits (also in the base game)
- 5 Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (also in the base game)
- Cristiano Ronaldo Loan Item (also in the base game)
- 20 Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
- UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr Loan items
- 40 Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (Exclusive to the Ultimate Edition)
Who is on the FIFA 19 cover?
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the FIFA 19 cover, reprising his spot from FIFA 18. The Champions Edition of the game has Neymar Jr alongside Ronaldo.
What new features are there on FIFA 19?
EA Sports have been working on a game that aims to give more control over the players on the pitch. These changes include how players control the ball and an overhaul of the team’s tactics. There are also some new match presentation aspects.
Active Touch System
The new Active Touch System aims to change how players receive and strike the ball. This new system will provide closer control, improved fluidity, more creativity and increased player personality. There are also new first touch tools players can use. Disguised trap and flick-up volleys can bamboozle opponents. Neymar’s very own trap skill is also available.
The ability to customise your tactical play in-depth has been requested by many fans for a while now. The new tactical system will give gamers all the tools required to set up multiple tactical approaches to matches. Deeper customisation will be offered pre-match alongside more dynamic in-match tactical adjustments. Each of these approaches combines formations, mentalities and both attacking and defensive play styles.
With timed finishing, players need to find the “sweet spot” when trying to score. Players are used to holding down the shoot button until they feel enough pace has been put on the ball. Now, you have to press the button again to hit the green “sweet spot” to leave a goalkeeper beaten. Timed finishing can be turned off if the player wishes to keep the traditional finishing method.
A huge part of the real game, EA have been working on making 50/50 battles a big part of the gameplay. User reactions and player attributes will determine the outcome of any battle. Teammates will have better intelligence and spatial awareness which ensures that every challenge matters.
Real Player Motion Technology
EA Vancouver have been refining this feature further which will allow players to act and feel like their real-world counterparts. Enhanced animations for tactical shielding of the ball, impact balancing and physical jostles bring player personalities to new heights.
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League returns to EA for the first time since 2007’s Champions League game. This marks the first time the main FIFA series has used the Champions League license. Full match presentation is included and there is a variety of new tournament experiences. The Champions League will also be in most modes within the game. From Kick Off to Career Mode to Ultimate Team, its presence will be felt. A new commentary team of Derek Rae and Lee Dixon has also been added.
Alongside the Champions League, the Europa League and Super Cup are also in the game.
The basic match up mode of FIFA has had its biggest ever overhaul. There are a raft of new features this year for players to enjoy when trying to beat their friends:
- UEFA Champions League Kick-Off matches - As you would expect, matches with Champions League presentation.
- House Rules - Create your own rules for matches against your friends These include:
- Survival Mode - Each time a player scores a goal, they lose a player. This is almost a battle royale mode within FIFA.
- No rules - remove all offsides, fouls and bookings to create a chaotic game.
- Long range - Double your goal tally by scoring from outside the box.
- First to… - Set a rule where the first to score wins, like the classic golden goal. Perhaps the game should end once a player scores three goals. The choice is yours.
- Headers & Volleys - Goals will only count if you score a header or volley.
- Best Of Series - A classic of the FIFA Lounge days, play classic matches in a best three out of five match series.
- Home & Away - Play a two-legged match to determine a winner. Away goals count if there is a tie.
- Cup Finals - Play a cup final with all the presentation features.
- Stat Tracking - Track all of your stats in matches against your friends by linking your account with whichever console you play on.
Does FIFA 19 have any new leagues?
No new leagues have been announced, but it seems the Chinese Super League will be in FIFA 19. The Russian League won’t appear in FIFA 19 as it is now an exclusive on Pro Evolution Soccer 2019.
What new stadiums are in FIFA 19?
New stadiums in FIFA 19 will see the Cardiff City Stadium, Fulham’s Craven Cottage and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux in the game. The Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which is due to open in 2018, will also be included.
With the new La Liga license announced, 19 of the league’s 20 stadiums will be included in the game. The Nou Camp remains a PES 2019 exclusive and will not be in FIFA 19.
Is The Journey returning in FIFA 19?
Alex Hunter’s epic journey across football returns in FIFA 19. The Journey: Champions sees Hunter sign for Real Madrid, as hinted at in the cliffhanger of the last instalment. The aim is to help Real Madrid win the Champions League. Other recurring characters such as Danny Williams and Kim Hunter also return and are playable. All three character’s stories come to an end in FIFA 19.
What is new in FIFA Ultimate Team?
We know you love spending your FIFA coins in Ultimate Team and it is back again for FIFA 19. There are a few new FUT features in FIFA 19:
To create a better balance in online gameplay, Division Rivals will pit players of a similar level against each other. Here you compete against others in your division to collect weekly rewards.
New FUT Icons
A new set of FUT icons are being introduced to FIFA 19. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Johan Cruyff and Rivaldo can be added to your Ultimate Team.
Champions League and Europa League integration
Live themed content from UEFA’s top European club competitions will be in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.
Are there changes being made to Career Mode and Pro Clubs?
It has been reported that Career Mode and Pro Clubs will remain unchanged in FIFA 19. Champions League integration has been the focus of Career Mode. Small changes that have been added include new changing room cutscenes, addition of Ultimate difficulty from FUT and if your club wins the Champions League a star can be added to your team’s badge. No changes at all were announced for Pro Clubs.
When FIFA 19 comes out, DigiZani remains your best place to purchase Ultimate Team coins online. With FIFA 18 coins still available to purchase until the new game is released, you can continue to get all the Ultimate Team packs you need to compete.