Moving the Goalposts: FIFA 18 News
In 2016, we got FIFA 17. Then, we’ve had gamers who do some FIFA pack opening, which gives the game a fresh new take. Now, we are four months into 2017, and we’ll be getting next year’s version of FIFA in a few months. You’re probably getting pumped. Let’s cut to the chase and give you the scoop on FIFA 18.
EA AIDS and Other Issues
Similar to all released sports league games, FIFA 18 will have various improvements compared to FIFA 17. The transition from 17 to 18, however, won’t be as groundbreaking as 16 to 17. It’s alright though, because it means that 17 was so well-done that 18 will be the icing on the cake.
On top of EA’s to-fix list is the online gameplay issues. To some gamers, the rough patches have ruined the enjoyment of the game. First, is the input delay; then, there’s the problem where players have the nickname of “EA AIDS” (known as scripting), which skews online matches to favor weaker players. While the input delay is out of EA’s control because of different internet connectivity across the player base, the EA AIDS is something that EA will hopefully resolve. Bringing back the momentum bar, which was last seen in FIFA 06, or simply by tweaking the code in question could be the resolution.
Stuck On Frostbite: Moving Onto Season 2
As for the graphics, there will be some improvements. Keep in mind that the enhancements aren’t going to be massive. The game will feature the same Frostbite 4 engine like in the previous FIFA game and other EA games. It’s not an issue since there’s no need to change the Frostbite 4 engine. “With more and more games powered by Frostbite – whether it’s FIFA, Battlefield, Mass Effect or others – our development teams can spend more time building new groundbreaking gameplay innovations,” said Frostbite studio director, Jonaz Skantz, during an interview by Dream Team Gaming.
The story mode (known as “The Journey”) is one of the highlights of FIFA 17. For FIFA 2018, the pinpoint is going to be Season 2: new characters and storylines. “Our development team in Vancouver is delivering innovative new experiences across this year’s game, including an Ultimate Team, and creating the most emotionally immersive and connected FIFA we have ever produced,” according to Andrew Wilson of EA. We’re expecting an inspiring and intense story, so don’t let us down.
Hello VR, Goodbye Past Gen
Arguably the most trivial is the additions of VR for the PS4. PlayStation got the million-dollar technology from Sony, so game developers might as well utilize the resource to the fullest. FIFA 18 has its ways to make things happen. However, the technology is only going to be limited in certain game modes, and will only let players view as an audience member or a player.
FIFA 18 is EA’s one of many baby steps to the future of gaming. The game might not come out in past-gen consoles, such as the PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s unfortunate, but at the same time, it’s a smart move on the developer’s end since the two consoles are reaching their lifespan. For anyone who’s played FIFA 17 on the PS3 or Xbox 360 but wants to play FIFA 18 on a console, the only way is to upgrade.
The anticipated release date for FIFA 18 is this September, and for FIFA fanatics, that are can be a long wait. Thankfully, there’s going to be a demo version released before September. Hopefully, the demo can help alleviate some of the anxiety with a preview of what the game has in store. On the other side of the coin, we still got FIFA 17! That’s right, folks, PlayerAuctions currently has offers for FIFA coins, accounts, and CD keys!