With the transitionary period of moving the FIFA series over to the Frostbite engine behind them with FIFA 2017, EA Sports is apparently more confident when it comes to the FIFA 2018 development cycle, as they believe that they’ve ironed out all of the kinks. FIFA 18 is the next entry in the FIFA franchise.
FIFA 2017 was a major transition period when it came to FIFA, one of EA Sports’s most popular franchises. In addition to a number of new mechanics, the game was also moved to a different game engine in the form of EA and DICE’s Frostbite, which helped to make the game look even better. FIFA 2017 also got a story mode, entitled “The Journey”. The Journey will also be in FIFA 2018.
With all of that perfected and behind them now, however, EA Sports can focus on the FIFA 2018 development cycle, which will likely be ending sometime later this year before 2018 actually rolls around. Matt Prior, producer of FIFA 18, has said that they now know that switching FIFA over to Frostbite was a good decision once they saw what the came looked like.
Adding that to the great commercial and critical success of FIFA 17, and EA Sports has apparently gotten the magic formula to keep FIFA running through the next generation. At this point, with a lot of the mechanics ironed out and with The Journey getting a mainly positive response despite some criticisms, there’s no way to go but up.
For the FIFA 18 development cycle, EA Sports has said that they want to increase the authenticity of the Frostbite visuals, such as how players move, how crowds react, and the ways that broadcast techniques and stadiums look.
With Frostbite’s power and the visuals it can throw out, there’s no reason to suspect that FIFA 18 won’t look even better than FIFA 17 did, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it looks when it releases.