FIFA fans are all gearing up for the end of September to finally get their hands on “FIFA 18,” and Electronic Arts is hell-bent on keeping the hype up. The publisher let loose a brand-new trailer for the upcoming game, “The Journey,” featuring fictional character Alex Hunter and a slew of new superstars.

The Story Mode features a surprising cast of athletes including soccer stars Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry, Thomas Müller, Antoine Griezmann, and Cristiano Ronaldo. The bearded NBA all-star point guard, James Harden, also makes an appearance.

‘The Journey: Hunter Returns’ details

The Journey” was one of the best additions to “FIFA 17,” creating a dramatic but believable story around a rookie soccer player in England. In “FIFA 18,” EA promises a “global” story for rising star Alex Hunter, where there will be more branching pathways.

More great news, EA has confirmed that co-op multiplayer will be available in “FIFA 18: The Journey.” This is a significant addition to the game’s single player mode as “FIFA 17’s” Story Mode lacked any co-op. However, only one player will be able to take on the role of Alex Hunter as he goes on a preseason tour that brings him to Los Angeles and StubHub. In fact, the LA Galaxy will be one of the clubs vying for Hunter’s signature at the end of a summer fueled by transfer rumors and drama.

How 'FIFA 18' is improving Career Mode

The biggest improvements to the game’s Career Mode, meanwhile, revolve around transfers, though there are some other nice touches too. Instead of submitting an offer for a player during the management phase of Career Mode and waiting desperately for a reply, you can now conduct trade negotiations in real-time.

EA said there's new AI so opposition managers "will engage with dynamic and varied responses to get the best deal for their club". Once you sign the deal you can a fancy news clip in the Career Mode main menu. This includes their announcement and unveiling, with billboards, line-up shots with their new teammates and a press conference with the new manager.

FIFA 18” is once again powered by EA’s Frostbite engine and that will give fans much-improved visuals and gameplay over previous games. The engine promises even further to immerse fans into their career. The game launches later this month for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, with versions existing for last generation consoles as well. The last gen console versions, as well as the Nintendo Switch version, will not have “The Journey.”