EA has come under fire for the way it's handled Icons in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team after a recent move that made a number of the best cards in the game virtually impossible to get.
Next week, 40 FIFA 19 players representing the 20 Premier League clubs will compete at the ePremier League Final in London. This gathering of the best FIFA players in the UK is one hell of a shop-window opportunity - the two-day tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, sandwiched between real-life football coverage and ad breaks packed with betting promos. The winner isn't just guaranteed a trophy - they're guaranteed exposure.
Anyone who's watched a FIFA tournament will know that most of the teams used are packed with the best players to be had from the Ultimate Team mode. These teams are filled with Icons - amazing players from yesteryear with, invariably, incredible stats - as well as special versions of current players that come with better stats than their base cards have. Without restrictions in place on which cards can be used for teams in tournaments, not only is there a disparity between the haves and have nots (or, as some say, those who've paid to win and those who haven't), but you see most teams use pretty much the same players across the board: Messi, Ronaldo (old and new), Gullit, Modric - that sort of thing.
FIFA 19 has a new cover, and previous cover star Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped.
EA has removed Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes in FIFA.
EA has announced plans to stop selling FIFA Points in Belgium following government pressure over loot boxes.
Players are struggling to get online in the likes of FIFA, Battlefield 5, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2, as EA continues to experience issues across its entire server network following the launch of Anthem's VIP demo earlier today.
EA's server troubles began around 5pm UK time this evening, as BioWare's VIP demo event got underway. In the rush to play, servers quickly became overwhelmed, with players reporting continued difficulties joining a session.
Community manager Jesse Anderson was quick to respond, telling players via Twitter that, "Servers are getting SLAMMED", and that the "team is working on it as we speak." Shortly after, EA Help reported that "more server capacity" was being added in a bid to ease network woes.
EA Sports has put out a significant patch for FIFA 19 that makes some key changes to shooting.
Title update seven, out now for PC and due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One soon, nerfs timed and finesse shots, both of which had been considered overpowered ever since FIFA 19 came out in September 2018.
Both timed and finesse shots were particularly popular in FIFA 19, especially in online play, because of how often they'd end up in the back of the net.
EA has added a unique FIFA Ultimate Team promotion that's certainly got a lot of players buying card packs - but it's also sparked a debate about realism.
A special version of World Cup star Luka Modrić has just been added to FIFA 19 - and it's the most powerful card in FIFA Ultimate Team history.
FIFA 19 was, briefly, the most popular game on Twitch yesterday evening. Why? Because of Team of the Year.
80 per cent of UK video game sales are now digital, new figures have revealed.
The Entertainment Retailers Association said of the £3.86bn generated by the video game market in the UK in 2018, £3.09bn was from digital and £770m was from physical sales.
That digital revenue figure, which includes microtransactions, DLC, subscription services, pay-to-play as well as individual game sales, is up 12.5 per cent year-on-year, while the physical revenue figure is down 2.8 per cent. Overall, the total game sales revenue figure is up 9.1 per cent year on year.
If you've ever played an online match of FIFA, you'll know it can be a frustratingly unresponsive because of lag.
FIFA Ultimate Team players who invest time and money into building powerful teams before taking them online in the high-stress world of FUT Champions find this particularly frustrating, as it can ruin their chance of getting a crucial victory during the time-limited event.
This has been a long-running issue with FIFA games, and the issue continued with FIFA 19. Now, in a somewhat surprising move, EA Sports has released an update it says is designed to directly tackle the problem.
Nintendo Switch players of FIFA 19 have long felt like second-class citizens in comparison to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players of the football game. But a recent kerfuffle over an Ultimate Team promotion has left them particularly upset.
EA has put out a patch for FIFA 19 that adds to the game perhaps the most-requested nerf from the community.
The title update reduces the effectiveness of defending by AI teammates. This is particularly welcome, as most FIFA players find letting the computer do the dirty work of defending is a more effective strategy than getting stuck in yourself. It'll also help break down stubborn computer-controlled teams in the likes of Squad Battles.
So, here's what the patch does. The shot blocking of a defender that's being controlled by an AI teammate is less effective as EA has reduced the distance an AI teammate defender will stretch to block a shot. Similarly, EA has nerfed AI teammate tacking by reducing the distance they'll stretch when making a tackle.
FIFA 19 isn't in the best place right now after a raft of odd mistakes from EA Sports resulted in compensation for players.
Premier League stars Jesse Lingard and Wilfried Zaha have for years complained about their haircuts in the FIFA games - so much so that's it's become a running joke.
EA has released a new patch for FIFA 19, and it makes some significant changes to gameplay.
The patch is out now on the PC version of the game, and coming soon to the console versions.
The headline change is to finesse shots, which most players agreed were particularly overpowered this year.
A top FIFA pro has been banned from competitive play after he was caught using a homophobic slur in a video.
If you watched this summer's World Cup, you'll probably have seen the Croatian national team on their run to the final. Fuelled by superstars such as captain Luka Modrić, who was awarded best player of the tournament, Croatia beat the likes of Argentina and England (it still hurts) before finally capitulating to France. In short, Croatia did a real number on the World Cup, and were a fantastic watch throughout.
FIFA 19 has its first big gameplay patch - and it makes a significant change to the game.
Bicycle kicks are significantly nerfed, which is very much a good thing. FIFA 19 has been roundly criticised for the prevalence of bicycle kicks and volleys - and the ridiculous success players can have with them. FIFA 19 is a game littered with overhead kicks from corners, flicks for volleys and even volley crosses for volley goals. You end up with stuff like this a bit too often:
Backheel cross + bicycle goal. from r/FIFA
A professional FIFA player who was also an outspoken critic of EA has quit the game after receiving a ban.
There are FIFA 19 bugs, and then there's this calamity.
Now FIFA 19 has been out for a few weeks, bizarre bugs are starting to emerge.
EA has said it is "closely monitoring" the situation that currently embroils FIFA 19 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo following rape allegations.
EA Sports has issued FIFA 19's first title update - and it patches out Petr Cech's meme-worthy negotiations helmet.
The Arsenal goalkeeper had tweeted to joke about the fact that in FIFA 19's career mode, he wears his protective helmet. It looks quite silly.
The patch, which is live now for the PC version of FIFA 19 and out soon for the console versions, ditches the helmet and gives Cech a tie. Here's the patch note:
FIFA 19 physical launch sales are down 25 per cent in the UK.
Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry.biz reports FIFA 19 is the biggest UK video game of 2018 after going on sale last week, as expected, but physical launch sales are down by a quarter versus FIFA 18.
According to the site, 64 per cent of the sales were of the PlayStation 4 version, 35 per cent were of the Xbox One version, leaving just one per cent for the Nintendo Switch version. Sales of the legacy version of the game (PS3 and Xbox 360) were too low to register.
For the first time, FIFA discloses pack odds - and now FIFA 19 is live, the true horror of FIFA Ultimate Team is laid bare.
Swiss football fans forced a league match to stop as they protested esports.
FIFA 19's story mode, The Journey begins with a super cool nod to 1960s football.
FIFA 19's Ultimate Team mode begins with a couple of in-game messages, one of which is a stark warning against coin distribution.
EA has opened up about pack probability in FIFA Ultimate Team.
EA's on a drive to demystify FIFA, which is a long time coming.
The FIFA 19 demo came out yesterday, and while I'm still getting to grips with it, I'm having a fun time.
The FIFA 19 demo is out now.
EA Sports has announced the top 10-rated players in FIFA 19, and Lionel Messi has the same overall rating as Cristiano Ronaldo - a first for the series.
FIFA 19 is having a controversial time off the pitch, but on it there are a number of welcome additions, including new officially-licensed stadiums that are a first for the series.
The Belgian government, which declared loot boxes to be a form of gambling earlier this year, has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into EA after the publisher refused to modify FIFA's randomised card pack loot boxes in order to comply with the country's gambling laws.
Some Switch games do not support cloud saves "to ensure fair play", Nintendo has said.
Don't expect to see esports in the Olympic Games any time soon. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach believes the video games being played still promote violence and killing too much to be included.
Football didn't quite come home this summer, but something that could be coming our way is Fortnite celebrations for FIFA games.
FIFA 19 is going big on the Spanish league with 16 brand new stadiums in the game.
FIFA 19 recently held a closed beta which was under embargo - but that hasn't stopped images and videos leaking out.
Anyone's who's fussed with FIFA Ultimate Team will know how important chemistry is to the performance of your players.
Real Madrid have announced their new signing: Alex Hunter from the FIFA story mode.
FIFA 19 will have the Chinese league, according to online reports.
FIFA 19's Ultimate Team has a brand new mode called Division Rivals.
EA Sports has expanded and revamped the standard kick-off for FIFA 19, adding a survival mode and letting you turn off the referee.
FIFA 19 gameplay has leaked online.
The video, below, was published onto the FIFA subreddit by user WhadaFack and shows 10 minutes of the upcoming football game.
The first thing of note is the new menu for standard kick-off, which looks a lot cleaner than in FIFA 18. There are new options for kick-off, too, including "house rules" and "best of series", as well as new "advantage settings", which suggests kick-off mode will have more to it this year.
There were a few stars of this year's superb World Cup: Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappé and Harry "slab-head" Maguire to name but a few. But it could be argued VAR outshone them all.
FIFA 19 will include pack odds disclosures, EA has confirmed to Eurogamer.
When EA Sports released the free World Cup update for FIFA 18, some players thought it played differently compared to the main game. Actually, it was more than some - there were loads of players who thought it played differently.
These players, who suspected EA Sports had tinkered with the gameplay of FIFA 18 for the World Cup update on the quiet, claimed it felt slower, with nerfed dribbling and passing. I've also seen plenty of people say the World Cup mode plays more "arcadey" than the main FIFA 18 game, with overpowered shooting from distance. I've also seen people say lofted through balls are more effective, and even spotted the suggestion the World Cup update reverts to gameplay before FIFA 18 was patched.
The truth is, the gameplay in the World Cup update is exactly the same as the gameplay in the main FIFA 18 game, Andrei Lazarescu, producer of the Switch version of FIFA and the World Cup update confirmed to me at E3. So, why do players think there's a difference?
With cross-platform play once again in the spotlight after it emerged you can't use your Epic account on the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite if you've used it on the PlayStation 4 version, many within the FIFA community have also wondered whether the feature might come to the world's biggest sports video game.
FIFA is returning to Switch later this year, in the form of FIFA 19, and EA has confirmed that this latest iteration will finally enable players on the console to head online and play matches against their friends.
As expected, EA has confirmed FIFA 19 has the official Champions League licence.
There's a tournament mode for the Champions League, Alex Hunter can take on the Champions League in story mode, and the tournament will also be incorporated into FIFA Ultimate Team.
EA Sports has the Champions League licence now after a period of exclusivity on PES.