It looks as if EA Sports are proving themselves to be quite the antithesis of an Ultimate Team, as fans of the FIFA franchise's super popular FUT game mode, as it were, seemingly have found dwelling within it a glitch that has been handicapping superior teams since FIFA 09!
The mode's chemistry system is said to be the main ingredient at fault, as FUT managers are adamant that they have discovered teams that include a few of, or comprise of, highly-rated players "slow to react and clumsy" compared to those with weaker stats. So FUT effectively nerfs teams with the Messis, Ronaldos and other such super megastars of soccer, instead favoring the little guys.
What is FUT?
If you’re unsure as to what FUT is, it’s a card game where gamers use real currency or accrued in-game currency to buy packs of cards, which represent real-life footballers, to use or trade as they see fit.
Teams are built around the collation of fine footballers, and, in order to get them working cohesively, the chemistry system lets players know what or what isn’t working in their custom team, how well the team is gelling, and can give you that extra little inch needed for winning a match.
The hunt for clues
FUT legend RighteousOnix has been digging long and hard to decipher whether or not the assumptions are true, and has found so much evidence that he was able to throw together this eye-opening video:
Since FUT's inception gamers have spent millions -- literally millions of dollars -- buying empty benefits with the belief that they're maxing out their Ultimate Teams, which is why this glitch is such a big issue. So there is a massive chance of each customer having been swindled out of their hard earned cash. Fans are right to be upset.
Take this post over on EA Sports' FIFA forum. User PelzyWelzy candidly revealed that over the years of playing FUT, they have spent almost £2000 on the mode! Naturally the tone wasn't one of great pleasure:
Having been completely shocked and outright disgusted following this weekends finding regarding chemistry, etc, I decided to total up the amount I've spent on Fifa Points during Fifa 15 and 16 - a hefty £1914 overall.
Previously I would not have been too bothered by the total (...), now I feel completely cheated.
Later, EA Sports threw its voice into the chorus with a message claiming that they're working on "investigating" the issue:
Thanks to the FUT community for raising awareness of a potential fitness and chemistry inconsistency in some FUT items. After hearing this, our teams were in over the weekend and continue to thoroughly investigate the information. We will keep you informed with updates from the investigation.
Our commitment to a fun, fair and secure experience in FIFA is ongoing, and as a community your feedback helps us achieve that goal. A special thanks for your continuous efforts across all channels.
I hope this isn't true because I know people that have spent hard cash on boosting their impressive squads. And as long time FIFA fans, I hope this doesn't go some way into them leaving the series behind for good. 'Cause I'm really looking forward to FIFA 17! Who am I gonna couch co-op with to attempt to win the World Cup if they've all given up?!
But that aside, after losing millions on what is now, seemingly, a whim, players may feel hard done enough take such drastic measures.
What do you think?
If you believe you've been affected by the glitch, we would love to hear your 10 cents in the comments below. Otherwise you can check out the latest news from FIFA's competitor Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, which is sounding like a world-changer, or, if you're a stickler, you can find out what to expect from FIFA 17 here.
Or if you're more of the career mode type, why not nod your head to my reasons why Football Manager is one of the greatest RPGs ever! It really is, man.