If the World Cup wasn’t enough for you, and the Premier League starting again this month still doesn’t fill your football fantasies, how does the new FIFA 19 sound?
A new FIFA for the new season is always a treat, right? Incidentally, does anyone remember FIFA ’94?
Anyway. The good news is that FIFA 19 is arriving shortly, and if rumours are to be believed, it’s going to have some great new features, as well as bringing back some absolute classics.
Check out the trailer here:
One of the biggest new features in the game will be the arrival of a Champions League mode. However, there’s one new addition which, if true, will definitely excite FIFA fans new and old.
Images are surfacing online of the highly anticipated 5 v 5 mode. If you’re anything like me and you’ve often thought there’s simply too many people on the pitch, this new feature is really going to butter your bread roll.
This is how the 5v5 will look like in FIFA 19. Basically Fifa Street is back? pic.twitter.com/N4juS65IdF
— HunterTrading (@FUT18_HUNTER) August 1, 2018
The 5-a-side feature looks like it’s taking its cue from the 2005’s FIFA Street, in which famous players were matched against one another in a fast-paced, old-school environment, with an emphasis on skill and tricks.
It has also been rumoured that the new mode will have a ‘last man standing’ feature, in which every goal scored results in a player on the opposing team leaving the pitch until, you guessed it, you’re left with the last man standing.
There is a new mode in Kick Off where you lose a player for every goal scored, similar to “Last Man Standing” in FIFA Street. pic.twitter.com/VVZu2xh63z
— BrokerFUT – Not a FUT Trader (@brokerfut) August 1, 2018
As well as the usual option of customising players, the updated career mode in the new game will feature an option to customise managers too, and even have them host press conferences.
In an interview with USGamer, FIFA’s creative director Matthew Prior spoke about what to expect from the game’s new features.
I think this time, career mode is the most authentic it’s ever been. So that in itself is a big update, and not just the fact that it’s in there, but the way we’ve implemented it.
The whole UI takeover, the cinematic scenes within the UI showing the Europa League draw. It’s not just Champions League, it’s Europa. So I think the integration of that, just in and of itself, is all we can really talk about right now.
It is a sufficiently big change to career mode that people will kind of love it because it is now 100 percent authentic.
One of the big changes to the playing of the game itself is the ‘active touch system’, which, according to EA Sports:
Fundamentally changes the way you receive and strike the ball, providing closer control, improved fluidity, more creativity and increased player personality.
The new game will be available in ultimate, champions or standard edition, as well as a Nintendo Switch edition.
FIFA 19 will be out on September 28 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.