Yesterday there was a big live stream for FIFA 18, with news about new Ultimate Team features and gameplay with Real Madrid players, hosted by the FIFA YouTubers Castro and SpencerFC. Here are some of the details about the new game, coming out September 29.
New Walkout Animation and Signature Walkouts
Last year, EA Sports introduced walkouts to FIFA 17, where if you got a player that included a walkout, there would be a pause before the pack opened and the player you got would walk out on to the screen and their nation’s flag would show. You can see an example here. Now in FIFA 18, there will not be a pause before the pack opens, but the player will run out and circle around two billboards with the player’s nation, club, and overall rating. If the player you get has a signature celebration like Ronaldo or Griezmann, they will run out and do their signature celebration. You can see that here.
Icon Ratings and Stories
Replacing Legends on Ultimate Team this year are Icons which will be available on both PS4 and Xbox One. Instead of each player having 1 card based on their entire career, they will have 3 cards. One will be from their early years, one from their late years, and one from their best year. I will make a separate post on all of the player’s ratings for all three cards later today or tomorrow.
New Squad Building Challenge Feature
Last year SBC’s were introduced, where you would trade in players with certain abilities to earn packs or a better player. New to SBC’s this year will be Brick Slots, where one spot in an SBC will have to meet a certain requirement. You can see an example here. As you can see in the example, the slots in black have to be players from certain nations, leagues, and/or clubs. So the Brick Slot CB spot has to be a player from the MLS and Spain. These will make SBC’s harder and you will have to be more creative. You can also now complete SBC’s on the FUT Web App, which you can download to a mobile device, or you can use the website.
There are now Objectives, where you will have a certain amount of time to complete gameplay objectives and earn rewards. There are Starter Objectives, Daily Objectives, and Weekly Objectives. My guess is that the Starter Objectives will last forever, but obviously, the other ones will be time-limited.
Squad Battles is a new single-player mode in Ultimate Team. You play against other peoples Ultimate Teams, but you are playing the computer. You earn points by winning and the better the opposing team is and the difficulty you play on decide how many points you get. There are different ranks, and the higher rank you get the better rewards you get. The Squad Battles will be weekly I’m guessing. You can see a layout here.
The last feature is Champions Channel, which is where you can watch Featured Matches and see how some of the best FIFA competitors play. EA Sports chooses certain matches that you can watch on Champions Channel, and you are in full control of what parts you watch. This can help you see how the pro’s play FIFA.
I hope you enjoyed this post about new features in FIFA 18 and be sure to watch for my post about Icons ratings. You can like my Facebook page here, and make sure you follow my Twitter for updates on new posts.