FIFA 17: release date, gameplay updates and stuff you need to know

Another year, another FIFA from EA Sports. The FIFA 17 release date is just around the corner and you can arrange your preorder right now, but what can you expect from EA’s inaugral footy title?

Well. you can say what you want about PES 2017’s glorious football on the pitch, but in terms of presentation, licensed teams and incredible online options, FIFA is still the best football game on the planet for many.

players walk out on the pitch

Powered by the Frostbite engine, EA’s new sports game looks fantastic with stadiums and players mirroring their real-life counterparts. Let’s take a look at what else there is to know, including a look at the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team rankings.

Play the FIFA 17 demo today

The FIFA 17 demo is available to download right now on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Just go to the PlayStation Store, download it and you’ll be able to:

  • Be part of ‘The Journey’ single-player campaign
  • Play kick-off mode with 12 licensed clubs
  • Choose from three authentic stadiums

When does it launch?

The FIFA 17 release date in US is September 27, 2016.

The FIFA 17 UK release date is planned for September 29, 2016.

What to expect from Journey Mode?

Journey mode follows the career of a young Manchester United player called Alex Hunter. Accompanied by cinematic cut-scenes, you’ll take charge of matters on and off the pitch and experience the highs and lows of being a Premier League footballer. It’s not just on the pitch where you’ll have to perform, but also during interviews where you’ll need to choose multiple choice options carefully. Making the wrong decision could effect morale!

What are the new features?

Much has been made about the new upgrades to this years FIFA, which include:

New animations

Interact more physically with other players thanks to the new Pushback technology. Battle for space and possession with enhancments to dribbling and ball control. There’s also now the ability to shield the ball from opponents and make across the body tackles.

Better set pieces

Have more control over corner kicks and free kicks with the ability to customize run ups and bend the ball around the opposition with skill. The new corner targeting system allows you place pin-point passes into the box, while changes to penalty kicks mean you can approach the kick from a variety of angles.

More varied attacking techniques

Among the many new attacking options, you can now drive the ball low with volleys and slot them past the keeper. Other new skills include curving through balls, heading the ball downwards and driving goal kicks.

corner kick by ronaldo

Ultimate Team ratings: Who are the best players?

The best players for FIFA 17 have been revealed, and FutHead.com has a great guide on those players that are the fastest and most skilful. Top of the rankings is Christiano Ronaldo, followed by:

  • Lionel Messi
  • Luis Suarez
  • Neymar
  • Jerome Boateng
  • Gareth Bale

Where can I preorder FIFA 17?

You can preorder the game from the PSN Store, or online at a variety of retailers. The EA Sports website will point you in the right direction to preorder.

arsenal and crowds cheering

How much does it cost?

There’s various options to choose from, and the FIFA 17 price varies:

  • FIFA 17 Standard Edition – £54.99 ($59.99)
  • FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition – £64.99 ($79.99)
  • FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition – £79.99 (US price not yet revealed)

These prices are for the PS4 versions only. There are better deals if you’re part of Xbox One’s EA Access program. PC prices will also vary.

Depending on which edition you buy, you’ll get various amounts of FUT draft items, loan items and kits. Go for the Super Deluxe Edition and you’ll get

  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (2 per week over 20 weeks – worth up to £79.99)
  • 3-match FUT Team of the Week loan player (up to 2 players per week over 20 weeks)
  • 8-match FUT loan item of Hazard, Martial, Reus, or Rodriguez
  • Custom FUT kits created by designers or FIFA soundtrack artists

Stay tuned for the FIFA 17 review shortly as we head toward the much-anticipated release date.