The FIFA franchise is one of the largest in the gaming industry. It constantly tops charts every year due to the massive popularity of real-world soccer/football. With that said, it’s no wonder why EA is still supporting last-generation consoles with a release of this year’s entry, FIFA 18. The catch is that this version of the game is not much different than the last.
Speaking with Dream Team, the Lead Gameplay Producer at EA Sports, Sam Rivera, completely admitted that the last-generation versions of FIFA 18 are basically a roster update to FIFA 17:
“Yes, it will be coming out on Xbox 360 and PS3 but is going to be a ‘Gold’ version. So there will be updates in the rosters but nothing big, new – like the new engine. It’s just basically an update.”
The PS3/360 edition will run on the Ignite engine, which was introduced back three years ago with FIFA 16. The PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of the game will make use of the newer and more complex Frostbite engine. Not only does it offer better visuals, but it’s also more realistic and precise gameplay mechanics. FIFA’s new single-player campaign, ‘The Journey’ mode, will not be avaliable in the last-generation versions of the game since it was built using the Frostbite engine. It was introduced in FIFA 17 and was also missing from the last-gen versions of that game too.
So, if you still happen to be clinging on to either a 360 or PS3, then it’s better you stick with whatever FIFA game you currently have since this newest release will not offer anything significantly different. Considering that both systems are over 10 years old at this point, perhaps it’s high time you consider an upgrade, if financially possible.
FIFA 18 launches on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Switch and PC on September 29th.