Real Madrid’s All-Time Top Scorer And Back-To-Back European Champion, Cristiano Ronaldo Fuels Innovation And Graces The Cover Of FIFA 18…
CRISTIANO RONALDO has pipped rival Lionel Messi once again as the Real Madrid legend features on the cover of FIFA 18. It is first time the Portuguese superstar has featured on the cover of the game, with the Barcelona magician appearing on it four times out of the last five years.
‘Ronaldo Edition’ is written across the top of the box on both the Xbox One and Ps4 versions, with the iconic FIFA 18 logo on top.
Borussia Dortmund fan favourite Marco Reus ended Messi‘s four consecutive years of being the EA Sports poster boy when he was on the cover for FIFA 17.
It’s been without question the greatest year of the 32-year-old’s glittering career – last summer he won the European Championship with Portugal, which was followed by the Ballon d’Or trophy and the inaugural Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
He then added the FIFA Club World Cup as well as winning his second La Liga title and bagged himself a brace in Saturday’s 4-1 annihilation over Juventus in the Champions League final.
Official Gameplay Trailer of EA Sports FIFA 18
FIFA 18 will be released worldwide on Friday, September 29. There are two ways, however, to get your hands on the game early.
The first is to pre-order the ‘Ronaldo Edition’ or ‘Icon Edition’, priced at £79.99 ($79.99) and £89.99 ($99.99) respectively and packed with bonus Ultimate Team content. They will be available to play on Tuesday, September 26, which is in line with EA’s knack for going live on a late Tuesday in September.
If that’s not soon enough you’ll need to sign up to EA Access (Xbox One) or Origin Access (PC), both of which cost either £3.99 ($4.99) a month or £19.99 ($29.99) a year. That will get you 10 hours of trial play time from Thursday, September 21.
If you’re a PlayStation 4 player, the September 26 date is the earliest you will be able to play
It’s confirmed – FIFA 18 will be available to buy on Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as Xbox One, PS4, PC and the new Nintendo Switch.
There was some doubt as to whether EA would bother with the older consoles this year. That’s because the new Frostbite engine is too powerful for them to run, resulting in watered down versions of the game missing some key features such as The Journey.
Once again, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will not match up to their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts and will not include The Journey, but they will, at least, exist.
The biggest news here so far will be of most interest to PS4 and PC players, and concerns the replacement of ‘legends’ with cross-platform ‘icons’.
The availability of retired players of days gone by exclusively on Xbox One in FIFA 17 will be shared across all consoles this year and rebranded as a result. The first to be revealed, as mentioned, is Ronaldo Nazario, who will grace the cover of the special ‘Icon Edition’ of the game now available to pre-order.