FIFA 18 will allow players to represent their favorite esports teams on the field for the first time in the history of the football simulating franchise.
Fnatic, Team Liquid, and Team Vitality have received special-edition playable kits from Electronic Arts (EA) that will only be accessible in the Ultimate Team mode. Hashtag United, a YouTube-based football club that boasts both esports and traditional sport teams, has also made the cut.
— AS Roma eSports (@RomaeSports) September 15, 2017
You can now rep TL in #FIFA18!
RT for your first chance to win pic.twitter.com/bULFS1fVXd
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) September 15, 2017
— adidas France (@adidasFR) September 15, 2017
The move can be taken as an acknowledgement by the publisher for the growing popularity of competitive play, meaning that players can expect more support for esports in the latest installment. In addition, the manner of representation is likely to be expanded with time to cover other popular esports teams.
FIFA 18 is scheduled for release at the end of the month. A playable demo was released last week for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It grants access to the opening characters of the single-player campaign mode, The Journey, and allows players to enjoy a four-minute quick match. FIFA 18 is also coming for the Nintendo Switch but not without limitations.
Most recently, the entire soundtrack of the game was published online for players to enjoy. It features over a dozen artists from different countries. You can check out the diverse list until the game launches on September 29.