Liverpool and Everton fans will be able to play FIFA 18 early – but only if they shell out for a special Cristiano Ronaldo edition.
The former Manchester United player is the cover star of FIFA 18 and the ‘icon’ version priced at £79.99 will be available to play on Tuesday 26 September.
Gamers who spend £54.99 on the standard version will have to wait until Friday 29 September to access the game.
The new FIFA 18 will be the first time Cristiano Ronaldo will be the face of the game after rival Lionel Messi signed up to be the cover star of Pro Evolution Soccer.
Ronaldo replaces Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marcus Reus on the cover. Previously Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had been the face of the game in 2016.
How to play FIFA 2018 early
The FIFA 2018 launch date is Friday 29 September but there is a way to sample the game early.
Gamers who sign up for EA Access on XBox One or Origin Access on PC can get 10 hours of play time from Thursday 21 September – a week before launch.
Playstation 4 players will have to wait until 26 September to access the game.
Where to get the cheapest FIFA 18
The prices for the standard, Ronaldo and Icon versions of the game are set by EA Sports in their online store.
Retailers are expected to lower prices closer to launch and Amazon has already lowered the price of the standard version to £49.99 here with free delivery on 26 September.
Tesco is also offering the lower price of £49.99 for the standard version here .
What is the difference between the editions?
The standard edition does come with eight special edition FUT (Fifa’s Ultimate Team game mode) kits, five FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs and Cristiano Ronaldo on loan for five FUT matches.
The Ronaldo edition comes with early access, 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs, the Cristiano Ronaldo loan and eight special edition kits.
And ‘Icon edition’ priced at £89.99 comes with 40 Gold Packs, the Ronaldo loan, a five-match Brazilian Ronaldo loan, eight kits and three FUT Team of the Week loan players for 20 weeks.
All editions are available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Legacy editions are available on PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
EA Sports has also launched a Nintendo Switch version, with a custom game engine to suit the new platform.
What can we expect from the new FIFA 18 game?
Newly promoted Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion will also have their stadiums for the first time, while La Galaxy’s Stubhub Center and Atletico’s Wanda Metropolino are also included for the first time.
Liverpool fans can expect a talented squad with potential stat upgrades for Sadio Mane and Phillip Coutinho on the back of successful seasons.
New signings Dominic Solanke, Andrew Robertson and Mohammed Salah are also included in the Reds’ squad for the first time.
Everton fans will expect upgrades for Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the back of breakthrough seasons, while the Toffees’ legion of new signings – including Wayne Rooney – will be included in the squad.