This summer's World Cup in Russia promises to be one of the biggest and best tournaments yet with some very tasty looking games scheduled for June and July.
To tie-in with the tournament, EA Sports will be releasing a new expansion for FIFA 18 rather than a standalone FIFA World Cup 2018 game.
Previously, EA have released separate games for the summer competitions, including the qualifiers - beginning with World Cup 98, which followed on from the groundbreaking FIFA: Road to World Cup 98.
This year, the World Cup game will be a download for FIFA 18 and will be available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. There is no official confirmation on whether the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will be updated with the World Cup expansion.
Here is everything that we know about the World Cup 2018 download for FIFA 18 so far.
When is the World Cup 2018 game released?
The FIFA World Cup 2018 download is set to be released in the spring. In September, Spanish commentator Manolo Lama confirmed that he was set to record extra commentary for the expansion, telling Radio COPE that "I have to record it for FIFA World Cup in December, I think it will be out in February or March".
EA Sports Spain's head of marketing Daniel Montes was also present for the interview and looked frustrated when Lama accidentally announced the news of the downloadable expansion.
The World Cup kicks off on June 14, so the expansion will definitely be released well in advance of this. As the end of the season is a busy period in FIFA Ultimate Team with Teams of the Seasons released for all the major leagues, there is a chance that the World Cup expansion may not be released until May.
May 26, 2018, is the date for the Champions League final, which is the last major club game of the 2017-18 season. However, it is likely that the World Cup game will be released before then to give gamers more than three weeks to play it in advance of the World Cup.
How can I download the World Cup 2018 game?
Downloading the FIFA World Cup 2018 expansion should be very easy to acquire on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
It will most probably come as a patch for the existing game, which should automatically download when the game is started. However, if it is an additional extra, then it should be easy to add in the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store.
Similarly, Windows and Nintendo Switch games also update automatically when they have new patches released and the console is connected to the internet. The download size of the expansion is not yet known, but will surely be less than the 47GB size of the full FIFA 18 game.
What features will it have?
EA Sports has not yet released official information on the official FIFA World Cup 2018 expansion for FIFA 18. Despite this, some things are guaranteed - it will feature all 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup, as well as official branding and television match packages.
Some of the official stadiums for the tournament will likely be included, while FIFA 14 Ultimate Team's World Cup download (pictured above) is a good indicator of what to expect for FUT. Players from all the qualified countries' squads should receive new versions in Ultimate Team, which may also include position changes if they line out in a different area for their international team.
During the tournament, Man of the Match cards are due to be released for each game, providing upgrades for the best performers at the World Cup. New tournaments based around the World Cup are also expected, with World Cup packs available to purchase in Ultimate Team.