With FIFA 19’s release date speeding towards us with the pace of Kylian Mbappe, we’re still yet to see any real gameplay. Thankfully, some video footage has leaked its way on to the internet via the FIFA subreddit, courtesy of user WhaddaFack.

In the footage, we’re treated to a Europa League match between Manchester United and Manchester City. You get to see the new active touch system, as well as the updated menus and tactics. Obviously, you also get treated to the new commentary team.

The kick-off mode has also been expanded in FIFA 19. There’s a house rules setting, allowing players to add mutators to the game, ranging from headers and volleys, to only being able to take long-range shots. You’ll also be able to change from just a single match to running a Best Of series, giving you more options to brag about when you beat your mates.

EA Sports have also been very clear that the Nintendo Switch release of the game will be more than just a quick rehash of the previous game. Obviously, it’ll have the improved visuals, Champions League license and thankfully, online capabilities.

FIFA 19’s lead gameplay producer, Samuel Rivera, was keen to let players know about the improved AI that’ll improve the Switch experience.

“The first one is, and most important, because a lot of our players play Switch against the AI, we wanted to completely redo that experience to something that is more fun. So we rewrote how we do AI in Switch and now they play more like humans, more like how I would play, ‘I make my mind, I create, I need to do this’ and then I go and execute it, not just reacting every single frame. So basically you feel like human and it’s also a more tactical approach – they make their tactics and they try to score based on those tactics like real teams. So when you play against the AI in Switch it’s just more fun and different.”

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Rivera also discussed changes to finishing, which had previously been limited to the other console versions.

“We also have it in Switch, and basically is the ability to make your shot more accurate and more powerful if you execute correctly a mechanic which is double-tapping the shoot button when the player is about to contact the ball. Then you will have a very good shot if you do it properly – if not, it’s a very bad shot.”

The new shooting mechanics are said to be noticeable as soon as players pick FIFA 19 up and start playing.

Has the leaked footage piqued your interest in FIFA 19? Will the improvements to the Switch version cause you to play? Let us know in the comment section below!

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