Just a few months on from the release of FIFA 18, fans are already looking for details on the next instalment of EA Sports’ highly popular football game.
The game’s developers have launched a World Cup 2018 edition ahead of the tournament in Russia and it won’t be long until FIFA 19 hits the shelves.
Cristiano Ronaldo has already been confirmed as the game’s cover star, with the Real Madrid icon gracing the front for the second year in succession.
With the big release just a matter of months away, Goal has the complete guide to everything you need to know about the latest EA Sports FIFA game.
When will FIFA 19 be released?
There had been talk that there might not even be a FIFA 19 release, with EA Sports chief executive Andrew Wilson stating in a recent interview with Bloomberg that the title could move to a Netflix-style subscription service.
But EA Sports has confirmed that the game will be released globally on September 28, which is consistent with previous release dates and ideally timed before the festive period.
Like FIFA 18, there will be three different editions: the standard edition, Champions edition and Ultimate edition. The latter two editions replace the ‘Ronaldo’ and ‘Icons’ editions of FIFA 18.
Gamers have the option of getting the game three days early – on September 25 – by pre-ordering, which also carries some quirks depending on what edition you purchase.
Watch the FIFA 19 trailer
Fans of FIFA were able to get a first glance at this year’s release at the EA Play event held on Saturday June 9.
FIFA 19 | Official Reveal Trailer with UEFA Champions League
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The new trailer for FIFA 19 features an opening narration by cover star Ronaldo detailing his hopes of becoming a “champion” in football, following him on the path to his third successive Champions League trophy.
Fans will also be treated to a FIFA rendering of his classic overhead kick fired against Juventus in the quarter-final of the competition earlier this year.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar also makes an appearance, as well as Paulo Dybala of Juventus and several Manchester City stars.
How much will FIFA 19 cost?
The new release will likely cost around the same as FIFA 18, with prices starting from around £49.99 ($69.99) for the standard edition across all platforms.
The special editions are expected to cost up to £80-90 ($110-125). Last year the ‘Icon Edition’ allowed gamers who splashed out £89.99 to play the title three days earlier than everyone else.
Gamers who spend extra on special editions usually get extra FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) player packs to bolster their new team on the popular game mode.
What formats will it be available on?
FIFA 19 will be available on all the big platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.
However, it must be noted that the Ultimate and Champions editions of the game will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Who is the FIFA 19 cover star?
As mentioned, the cover of FIFA 19 will feature Ronaldo for the second year in a row, with the Portuguese heavily involved in the promotional content.
However, the Real Madrid star has to share the spotlight in the new game as he is joined on the front by PSG’s Brazilian talisman Neymar.
Having two players on the front cover is a slight reversion in style for the FIFA series, which preferred a single player on FIFA 17 and FIFA 18.
What new leagues could be in FIFA 19?
After nearly a decade of jockeying, EA Sports has finally secured the rights to the UEFA Champions League, with the cherished competition set to be carefully integrated throughout FIFA 19.
Scheduled for global release on September 28, FIFA 19 won’t simply add the Champions League trophy to its cabinet, instead re-turfing the whole pitch to ensure the tournament is woven thoughtfully throughout the whole game.
From Ultimate Team to Journey, the Champions League will be front and centre of FIFA 19 and as executive producer Aaron McHardy explains it’s an addition many years in the making.
“This has been one of the most requested features from our players for over a decade, and for us the Champions League is so much more than a licence,” McHardy told Goal.
“We’ve been working really hard to integrate the experience across the game in FIFA 19 and I don’t say that lightly.
“We didn’t want to just bring in the licence teams so you can play with them in the right context, we really wanted to go over and beyond and add Champions League elements to every place we could in FIFA 19.
“It’s been a whole lot of work and it’s not just a coat of paint. It’s really integrating meaningful features around the Champions League. We moved a lot of dirt bringing it to life.”
What features can we expect?
We will see a return of hugely-popular mode The Journey, which will be making its third appearance in a row. However, it is expected to be the final instalment in Alex Hunter’s odyssey.
Similarly popular is FUT, where gamers can pay real cash to open packs that contain players that will contribute to the improvement of squads.
EA Sports has indicated that the new game will have an ‘active touch’ feature, which will change the way players receive and strike the ball, as well as a ‘reimagined tactical system’ and 50/50 battles.
It’s not concrete yet, but ‘dynamic weather’ could finally make an appearance in FIFA 19. The introduction of ever-changing conditions could alter the momentum of games, with elements like rain and snow likely to cause players to make mistakes and pick up injuries.
I truly hope EA is building more servers for the weekend league #FIFA19
— Mike LaBelle (@MikeLaBelle) January 29, 2018
What people really want to see, however, is an improvement in server performance – even real life teams’ eSports gamers such as New York Red Bull’s Mike LaBelle have made their frustrations known.
Since the release of FIFA 18, the gaming community has grumbled that the servers are too unstable, causing disconnections midway through games that result in a DNF (did not finish) modifier, which affects rewards from future matches.