It’s time to officially gear up for FIFA 19.
With the World Cup out of the way, the new domestic season (and a new FIFA) is hotting up – and to give you the inside track on the new gameplay features you can expect in FIFA 19, we’ve compiled a list of the things you need to know.
It’s already been confirmed that CR7 (in a Juventus jersey) and Neymar will front the new version, but now EA have given us the the lowdown on the new gameplay features.
From the ‘active touch system’ granting players more control over their first touches and flair, to the ‘dynamic tactics’ which changes how your whole team sets up to play and the new ‘timed finishing’ feature – FIFA 19 is about raise the bar once again.
Read below for the 5 things you need to know about FIFA 19’s gameplay.
1. ‘Active touch system’ gives you more control
The on-demand ‘active touch system’ now lets you take control of your first touch like never before. By clicking and flicking the right stick you can now have improved ways of controlling the ball, and depending on the skill rating of your player you can pull off the infamous ‘Sole Flick’ or ‘Neymar Trap.’ Watch the video above to see it in action.
2. The Champions League has arrived
A long awaited partnership for the FIFA franchise is finally here. The UEFA Champions League is perhaps the pinnacle of club football, and it makes sense that it’s now in the game. A specific Champions League mode will allow you to take control of a club’s campaign in the tournament, playing all of the marquee match-ups that you might expect in any given year. The Europa League will also be playable in Career Mode for the first time as well.
3. ‘Timed finishing’ reinvents how you shoot
Shooting has become routine for some players in last year’s FIFA, so this year a new level of user skill is being tested in the form of ‘timed finishing.’
Now when you look to shoot (with your player’s feet or head) one press of the shoot button will begin the shooting animation, and a second press will give players the chance to ‘time’ their finish to give it even more chance of going in the back of the net. Mistime it and the marker goes red and you shank your shot, but time it well and chances are it’ll go in.
4. 50/50 battles makes things interesting
Ever been left frustrated when one of your players ducks out of a 50/50 challenge? Those days are numbered with the new 50/50 battles feature that will help the game to feel more authentic than ever. Depending on the aggression and physical stats (among others) players will now battle it out in challenges against an opposing player to retain or win the ball back. Get N’Golo Kante at the ready.
5. Dynamic tactics is for the budding Guardiolas
If you fancy yourself as a keen tactician, FIFA 19 will allow you to take a deeper dive into the tactical side of the game. The dynamic tactics will allow players to custom build each of the now just four presets of “Ultra Defensive,” “Defensive,” “Attacking” and “Ultra Attacking” to fine tune what exactly you want your players to do and when. Want your attacking players to bomb down the pitch for the long ball? Or have them come deep to build possession up from the back? It’s all now possible.
FIFA 19 drops worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on the 28th September, and is available for pre-order now from EA Sports.