The developers at EA Sports must be sick to death of hearing the same questions every time there is a new game coming out regarding indoor mode, or some form of 5-a-side variation of the game being offered to us in the new title, as every year on social media and in forums gamers are crying out for the glory days of FIFA 97 and 98 where it seems they showed their hand with that game mode too soon.
In fact I know they are sick of it, as I have asked this question in person a number of times while playtesting an early build of the new FIFA game, but what I have been told was that it would require a game engine and player AI all of its own, and EA Sports are choosing to invest that time and effort elsewhere.
Still, the people want it, and EA Sports know they want it, which is why footage from the Gamescom expo in Germany where gamers are playing FIFA 18 is particularly exciting. The clip [via r/FIFA] clearly shows someone playing a shortened version of football, 2v2 in this case, on a street football pitch that looks nearly identical to what we saw in the FIFA Street re-boot of 2013.
So that clearly suggests that FIFA STREET will be a part of FIFA 18 in some way or another.
Needless to say this has got a lot of FIFA players excited, but rumours have been circling that it is merely a part of the new and improved 'The Journey' mode which is the single-player story that is hoping to build on a debut season that ultimately flattered to deceive.
This is highly plausible, as they need to incorporate something new into this mode that isn't playing a match or training, and they are yet to reveal anything about the new features in FIFA 18's version. You would have to hope that if they can put it in The Journey, they can offer it as a mini-game too.
That's all we're asking for. A smaller version of FIFA where we can pick the players we use.
Funnily enough, word got back to Peter Crouch, who took to Twitter to once again offer his services to the FIFA STREET scene:
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) August 22, 2017
Nobody does self-deprecation like Peter Crouch, what a man.
We're expecting more news on The Journey any day now, so we'll bring you official confirmation as to whether a fun 5-a-side mode is finally in FIFA after years of requests, or if it's just a two minute trip to Brazil in 'The Journey'.