The PS3 and Xbox 360 are by all means considered “legacy” systems these days. After all, both consoles are over a decade old at this point. Still, despite their age and being out of production, software support has not yet completely ceased. E3 2018 is currently underway and one of the first games featured at the show has been confirmed to also be coming to PS3 and 360, in addition to modern platforms—EA’s FIFA 19.
FIFA 19 is set to launch on September 28, and these two versions of the game will be right there on store shelves alongside their PS4/Xbox One counterparts. This was confirmed by an EA rep who spoke with Polygon at the EA Play Event at E3 2018. While this is good news for anyone that’s still hanging on to the old machines, just make sure you keep your expectations mellow. Last year, FIFA 18 was released on the PS3 and 360 under the “Legacy Edition” label. This, as EA plainly describes it, is a version of the game that “consists of kit and squad updates to reflect the latest changes in the world of football. Legacy Editions do not include any new gameplay features or innovations.”
Despite these versions of the game being rather basic when compared to their current-gen counterparts, it looks like enough copies are being sold to warrant the continued support. This situation is reminiscent of EA’s support of the PS2. FIFA was brought to that system all the way up until the 2013 release of FIFA 14, which was 13 years after the PS2 had launched. The 360 will turn 13 itself later this year. So, will this be the final FIFA release on the platform? We’ll have to wait and see what 2019 brings.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.