|Developer(s)||EA Vancouver, EA Bucharest|
|Engine||Frostbite 3 (PS4, XOne, Windows)|
|Release||28 September 2018|
FIFA 19 is an upcoming football simulation video game developed by EA Vancouver and EA Bucharest, as part of Electronic Arts' FIFA series. Announced on 6 June 2018 for its E3 2018 press conference, it will be released 28 September 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will be the 26th instalment in the FIFA series. Cristiano Ronaldo appears as the cover athlete of the regular edition, while he and Neymar appear on the Champions and Ultimate Edition packs for the game.
The game features the UEFA club competitions for the first time, including the UEFA Champions League. Martin Tyler and Alan Smith return as regular commentators, while the new commmetary team of Derek Rae and Lee Dixon feature in the UEFA Champions League. Composer Hans Zimmer and rapper Vince Staples recorded a new remix of the UEFA Champions League anthem specifically for the game. The character Alex Hunter (who first appeared in FIFA 17) returns for the third and final instalment of ”The Journey”, entitled, “The Journey: Champions".
Gameplay changes on FIFA 19 include the new "Active Touch System"— an overhaul of player control, "timed finishing"— where the kick button may be pressed a second time to determine the exact moment the ball is actually kicked, "50/50 battles"— a system for determining how likely a player will win loose balls, and "Dynamic Tactics"— which allows players to configure strategies, and switch between them in real-time during a match.
FIFA 19 introduces the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup competitions to the game, after their licences with Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer expired. The game will have support for promotion and relegation between the Champions League and Europa League. Commentators Martin Tyler and Alan Smith return as regular commentators with Derek Rae and Lee Dixon as Champions League commentators. New graphics and stadiums have been implemented.
The Nintendo Switch port will receive upgrades over FIFA 18. On 9 June 2018, EA Sports uploaded an official reveal trailer on their YouTube channel. Cristiano Ronaldo returned as the global cover star for a second consecutive time. He and Neymar appear on the Champions and Ultimate Edition packs for the game. It reported that it will include 55 national teams with 35 licensed leagues.
It was confirmed that the game would have a licensed Serie A after being called “Calcio A” (due to licensing issues) in FIFA 17 and FIFA 18. However, it was confirmed that the game will not include the Russian Premier League, as it did in FIFA 18 and previous FIFAs. The Chinese Super League will make its debut in the game.
New stadiums confirmed for FIFA 19 include the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – due to open in 2018, Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Craven Cottage, home of Fulham, and the Cardiff City Stadium, home of Cardiff City, ensuring all 20 English Premier League grounds are featured. There will also be 16 new stadiums from the Spanish La Liga, with 3 more from the Spanish Segunda Division.
The Journey: Champions
The story-based mode that was introduced in FIFA 17 returns in this instalment and continues for the last instalment under the title "The Journey: Champions". In this instalment, Hunter signs for Real Madrid and becomes their star player after Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus in the summer. As FIFA 19 has the full UEFA Champions League licence, Hunter has also joined Real Madrid for UCL glory. Hunter had this to say about his move to Real Madrid: "It's everything I've ever wanted, simple as that". He continued: "To join Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world, is what every kid like me dreams about. And on top of it all, I'm just buzzing to finally get my chance to play in the biggest club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League". The move was announced on EA Sports' FIFA Twitter account, and also marked the launch of Real's red third kit. The trailer for the new instalment of The Journey was released on 21 August 2018 to EA Sports YouTube channel.
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