FIFA 19: Journey mode revamp, new licenses, stadia and more revealed

New developments in The Journey, more league licences, more stadia and a slight tweak to Career Mode awaits FIFA 19 players this September.

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It’s a month to go until FIFA 19, as the folks at EA Sports continue to roll out the new features of the game. We revealed the game-changing new features including the re-invented kick-off mode and the breakthrough Champions League licence a few weeks ago, which you can read about here.

So as anticipation builds, what else can we expect from FIFA 19? The game is to be released on September 25 and these are the things awaiting you. 

Journey triple threat

The Journey was a great addition in FIFA 17, becoming the first ever story mode to the FIFA franchise, opening the game up to new players. Last year, EA expanded the story outside its protagonist Alex Hunter, by having a chapter each on his best friend Danny Williams, and his half-sister Kim Hunter.

It seems this time that the storyline will be more evenly weighted between the three characters in The Journey: Champions. The decisions you make will affect the others’ storylines, with Alex targeting the Champions League with Real Madrid, Danny enduring a make-or-break season in the Premier League and Kim looking to seal a spot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the US national team.

Additionally, Paulo Dybala, Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar and US women’s international Alex Morgan are all guest starts in the final instalment of The Journey, taking over the reins from the likes of Thierry Henry, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and NBA star James Harden. 

FIFA 19 creative director Matt Prior spoke of Kim Hunter’s story: “Kim represents a significant step forward, not only for FIFA as a game but also for the sport of football. Having the opportunity to build an experience that provides a new outlet for young women all over the world who love the sport as well as an authentic window into the challenges that women face day-to-day has been both fulfilling and important.”

CR7 lands Serie A license?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus suggests he will miss out on The Journey: Champions, but his move to Italy looks to have helped EA secure rights to Serie A on FIFA 19.

In the past, the Italian top-flight has been referred to as the ‘Calcio A’ on the game, but the new licencing adds further authenticity to the new game. The official Nike Serie A ball will be used in the game, with the Coppa di Campione d'Italia trophy up for grabs at the end of the season.

Although it remains to be seen whether Serie A fixtures on the game will receive an official broadcast package like the Premier League and La Liga, the official logo and sleeve badge will be seen on the game.

Maurizio Finocchiaro, general manager of EA Italy said: “We’re excited to announce the return of Serie A TIM in FIFA 19, especially for the high potential of the next season for Italian football. This is a crucial step for EA to ensure all fans, both Italian and international, the highest level of authenticity for their game experience.”

La Liga overhaul

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La Liga are not to be outdone, with Spanish football going up a notch on FIFA 19. A new partnership means 16 new stadiums come to FIFA 19, making the Nou Camp of Barcelona is the only La Liga stadium not on the game, due to the Spanish champions’ deal with Konami and Pro Evolution Soccer.

As well as the new stadia, 200 new real-life player faces will be coming to the Spanish division. These include Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez, Villarreal’s Carlos Bacca and Inaki Williams. Not only that, the stunning tifos from around the grounds in Spain will help recreate the intense atmosphere of a La Liga clash.

Champions League receives unique Career Mode skin

The Champions League licence was always going to have a big influence on Career Mode, and other that the UEFA competitions being in the game, there will be a new ‘skin’ for when the big European nights take place.

FIFA 19 lead gameplay producer Sam Rivera told Gamespot: “In terms of Career Mode, we decided to make sure the experience with the Champions League was 100% authentic. When it’s Champions League day, everything changes – [there’s a] reskin. That was our highest priority.” 

It’s not exactly a game changing introduction into Career Mode, with the mode treading water for a few years now. Unfortunately for Pro Clubs fans, expect little to change on FIFA 19. The big news is that the Champions League will not be integrated into Pro Clubs.

“We are listening to our fans,” said River. “They’ve been requesting more stuff, bigger stuff, in terms of Career Mode [and] in terms of Pro Clubs. There are discussions right now to see what can be added in the future. We know it’s a very passionate community. We are actively having conversations, listen to see what else we can bring to those modes.” 

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Alastair Pusinelli

First console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed 2 / Currently playing: Football Manager 2020