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FIFA 19: release date, rumours and formats

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Enjoying FIFA 18? Of course, you are – and yet you wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t a tiny bit of you already thinking ahead to the next instalment. FIFA 19’s release date is still some way away, but we’re beginning to get a few details.

While information about FIFA 19 is pretty thin on the ground at the moment, we’ll continue updating this page as we get more information. Here’s what we know about FIFA 19 so far.

FIFA 19: Features

You may think there’s only so much you can tweak a game where the rules of the sport it’s based on have barely shifted in over 100 years. That’s true to a degree, but EA usually has an innovative trick up their sleeves beyond just a squad numbers and kits update.

You can be pretty confident that The Journey will return for a third season – and it’ll probably star Alex Hunter or one of the other bit-part players who have made their name in the first two seasons. A bit of a shame, given how many other interesting stories there are to tell in the world of football, but you can’t blame EA for persisting with a winning formula.

EA has recently spurred talk that there may not even be a FIFA 19, as the series migrates to a subscription service that’s updated each season for subscribers. It’s something not entirely untested, with the Madden mobile game being updated for the last three years.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson first floated this idea in an interview with Bloomberg, saying: “There’s a world where it gets easier and easier to move that code around — where we may not have to do an annual release. We can really think about those games as a 365-day, live service.” While he doesn’t namecheck FIFA directly, some are speculating that FIFA 19 might be the perfect vehicle for this.

I’m dubious, personally. When FIFA still prints money, I don’t see EA taking a gamble and moving to subscription just yet. The company did release the Euro 2012 game as DLC for FIFA 12, and given World Cup 2014 then became a standalone release, you suspect it didn’t do as well as they’d hoped. Plus, of course, to switch to subscription you still need a base game – and it can’t be FIFA 18, so one way or another FIFA 19 is coming this year…

FIFA 19: Formats

That FIFA 18 will appear on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC is a no-brainer. The good news is that after a five-year hiatus away from Nintendo, FIFA 18 made its debut on the Switch. With the Switch continuing to sell like hotcakes, it’s hard to imagine a world where FIFA 19 doesn’t make the leap to the handheld-hybrid.

Hopefully, the large install base will encourage EA to make it a full conversion this time. Last year’s, good as it was, was missing The Journey thanks to using a different engine – the same reason the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions missed out.

Speaking of which, FIFA 18 did appear on Xbox 360 and PS3. I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled the same trick again, but the series must be approaching its final years on last generation hardware.

FIFA 19: Release date

Nobody knows the FIFA 19 release date for sure yet, but we can hazard a pretty good guess. Here are the release dates of the last decade’s worth of FIFA games:

FIFA 07

27/09/06

FIFA 08

20/09/07

FIFA 09

03/10/08

FIFA 10

02/10/09

FIFA 11

01/10/10

FIFA 12

30/09/11

FIFA 13

28/09/12

FIFA 14

26/09/13

FIFA 15

26/09/14

FIFA 16

22/09/15

FIFA 17

27/09/16

FIFA 18

29/09/17

Notice a pattern forming? Yep, it’ll be out in September 2017. October at a push, but almost certainly September – and typically EA Access members get access a few days before everyone else, so it may be worth looking into subscribing.

This is a page in progress, and we’ll update it with more information about FIFA 19 as we get it.

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