A full two decades have passed since the best ever FIFA game, FIFA Road to World Cup 98. Of course, we all know why it was so good. It wasn’t anything to do with the graphics, or the use of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ It wasn’t even related to the fact that you could still deliberately foul the opposition goalkeeper (though this was fun as hell and entirely worth sacrificing a player for).
No, dear reader. The best part of FIFA Road to World Cup 98 was the indoor five-a-side mode. And – whisper it – some are suggesting we might see the next best thing on the next version of the game. You probably know where we’re going with this.
Playing the newer versions of the game, we’ve always wanted to forego those stupid grass pitches and show off as many flicks and tricks as possible on more unpredictable terrain.
And we’ve definitely wanted to kick the fuck out of the ball and for it to bounce back off the wall rather than going straight out of play.
The closest we have got to anything like this in recent years is FIFA Street, which lacked the cage-style environment but did at least have the skill-heavy gameplay and unfamiliar surfaces.
And would you believe it, after a fair bit of clamour for a comeback on Reddit, a new leaked video purporting to be from GamesCom seems to show something resembling the indoor pitches from that particular game.
The most recent version of FIFA Street hit the shelves in 2012 – that’s five long years we’ve been waiting for the tiniest inkling of a return…until now. Maybe. Based on a few seconds of grainy footage.
There’s no sign of any indoor play on the official FIFA 18 GamesCom trailer – which looks incredibly slick, by the way.
Still, if you were going to bring updated versions of classic features then you’d surely do it on the 20th anniversary of an iconic game, right?
Surely if they can bring back a version of FIFA Street then the full indoor mode can follow.
Well that’s what we’re choosing to believe, based on absolutely nothing, and you can’t stop us.
(Main image: EA)