The rumoured FIFA 18 World Cup mode comes with a issue…actually, you can find 12 of these.
That’s because, after having a bit of digging, you can find 12 countries with qualified to the World Cup that will not feature about the game (for your full list just click here).
From UEFA, Serbia and Croatia are nowhere to wear – meaning you won’t be capable of play with names like Man United’s Nemanja Matić or Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.
In Asia, Iran, South Korea and Japan are omitted – despite FIFA 18 featuring Japan’s J League.
Elsewhere inside CAF, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco are missing, while inside CONCACAF, Costa Rica and Panama are already left out.
Finally, in CONMEBOL, Peru will not be included.
So, exactly what does this mean to the rumoured World Cup mode?
Back in FIFA 14, EA added an exclusive Ultimate Team: World Cup mode.
It arrived like a free update – and featured players and kits coming from all 32 teams participating.
EA Sports omitted teams from last year’s game for a good reason – perhaps because of licensing issues.
If that’s the situation, it seems like highly unlikely that the World Cup mode ‘proper’ would feature – concerning won’t sufficient teams from the game to permit a full, accurate tournament to occur.
That’s unless EA somehow is able to acquire rights to make use of the teams and add those to the game with an update.
Although nothing has been confirmed by EA, what seems very likely at this point is a World Cup promotion, with free boosted player cards being offered for stars who work in Russia.
This could well be in line with an up to date discovery of the in-game file that perceived to show World Cup content on FIFA 18.
The code, which had been posted for the FIFA reddit, is causing excitement amongst fans.