The Real Madrid star will feature on the cover of the huge football game for the first time ever, stoking anticipation for the new release
The accolades continue to roll in for Cristiano Ronaldo; fresh off winning La Liga and the Champions League, the Real Madrid star is now the face of the best-selling sports video-game franchise on the planet.
EA Sports announced on June 5 that Ronaldo will grace the cover of FIFA 18, which will be released later this year.
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It will pit him against Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in yet another category, as the Argentine has signed up to appear on the cover of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer.
FIFA's popularity has soared in recent years, however, with its Ultimate Team game mode making it the dominant force when it comes to football games. With anticipation for the new release already high, here is our complete guide to what we know and what to expect.
WHEN WILL FIFA 18 BE RELEASED?
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.
HOW MUCH WILL FIFA 18 COST?
As mentioned, the special Ronaldo and Icon Editions cost ￡79.99 ($79.99) and ￡89.99 ($99.99) respectively. The standard version, meanwhile, will be priced at ￡54.99 ($59.99) - ￡5 more expensive than FIFA 17.
It's likely those prices will drop, though, as the fifa 18 coins game nears release and retailers compete for sales.
WHAT CONSOLES WILL IT BE RELEASED ON?
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.
WHAT ABOUT THE NINTENDO SWITCH?
The Nintendo Switch version of the game will not run on Frostbite either, which is a blow to FIFA fans who were hoping to finally be able to play the game at its full, comprehensive best on a Nintendo platform.
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EA are insistent, however, that they have built a worthy title for the new console and have revealed that in place of Frostbite, the Switch edition has its own, custom-built engine.
A lack of Frostbite means a lack of The Journey, which is a significant omission, but the potential for Switch players to take Ultimate Team on the go and open packs wherever they can find an internet connection is intriguing.
For a deeper look into what to expect on the Switch, click here for our comprehensive guide.
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