Will there be a FIFA 19?
Will there be a FIFA 19?

Will there be a FIFA 19?

Update: UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE COMING TO FIFA 19

There's no higher level in club football than the UEFA Champions League. Dreams are achieved and legends are made in this historic tournament that showcases the best clubs in the world. FIFA 19 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch is infused with the UEFA Champions League, thanks to official match presentation, a variety of tournament experiences that includes the Europa League and Super Cup, and an all-new commentary team in Derek Rae and Lee Dixon.

NEW FEATURES

ACTIVE TOUCH SYSTEM

The new Active Touch System fundamentally changes the way you receive and strike the ball, providing closer control, improved fluidity, more creativity and increased player personality. Utilize a suite of new first touch tools, like the disguised trap, flick-up volleys, or even skill-specific animations, like the Neymar Trap, to beat your opponent and create scoring opportunities.

The release of the newest edition of FIFA each year has become a huge event around the footballing world.

EA Sports chief executive Andrew Wilson recently revealed in an interview that the company's sports titles - including FIFA - could become a subscription service.

The move to a subscription model appears to be the natural path for gaming in an increasingly online, discless world.

"The greatest disruptor to the consumption of entertainment media in the last five years has been the combination of streaming plus subscription," Wilson added.

"It's changed the way we watch television. It's changed the way we listen to music. It's changed the way I read books."

FIFA can already be bought nowadays, of course, as an online download. A physical copy of the game on disc is no longer needed.

From EA's perspective, you can see the appeal of doing away with the annual release. Instead of having to work around the clock to improve and update the existing game as well as creating a new package of features for next year, they can be implementing those features in a more immediate, continuous way.

It also makes financial sense: if EA sell subscriptions for £5 a month, they would make more money in time (FIFA 18's standard edition was initially priced at £54.99, but quickly dropped) while reducing the amount of cash gamers have to stump up in one go.

They could also charge extra for add-ons and special features in the same way they currently do for Ultimate Team content.

The downside is the loss of the fanfare that surrounds each November release, which draws a huge amount of attention to the game and the company.

Given the huge organic FIFA community that exists, though, and the emergence of competitive gaming as a spectator sport, that might not be much of an issue.