It’s no secret that the battle royale genre has taken over the gaming industry, with developers scrambling to add it to their game, but surely FIFA, a sports game, can’t wedge it in?
Wrong – FIFA has announced a ‘survival’ mode, where your team will lose a player every time you score a goal, in the upcoming FIFA 19.
As part of the classic ‘kick-off’ mode – the one which lets you just play a quick match of FIFA against the computer or with friends – Survival will be one of the new options.
Detailed via the official PlayStation blog, which also covers the new ‘No Rules’ mode (which scraps fouls, cards etc. for an all out, anything-goes match), Survival is the likely the closest FIFA will get to a battle royale.
The match will start off like any other, 11 players per team, standard FIFA rules. But, as soon as a goal is scored, it all changes completely.
The team who scores will immediately lose a player, completely at random. Although thankfully goalkeepers are exempt, so no need to worry about that.
Because the mode is played with official FIFA rules however, when a player is down to fewer than seven players, the match is abandoned, so if a team scores five, the match is called and the team with the most goals wins.
It is certainly an interesting twist on the typical gameplay, because now gaining a 3-0 lead would put you at a serious disadvantage in the man count.
It remains to be seen how players will take to the new mode, and how exactly it will play out. Once a team gets a lead and is down to only eight or nine players, perhaps they will shift to an ultra-defensive set-up just to lock in the win?
FIFA 19 releases on September 28, and players can pre-order to get early access.