A glitch seems to be plaguing FIFA Ultimate Team, the most expensive and most profitable part of the world-wide video game franchise. After acknowledging it last week, EA now says they have a fix on the way.
FIFA community manager Rob Hodson updated his initial post acknowledging the glitch with some new information.
“Our work has shown that there appear to be some difference sin how fitness and chemistry apply to some FUT items. The differences appear to be the same for all fans, but only only applying (sic) to some FUT items, so we’re making some changes to ensure attributes are being applied consistently across items in the game.”
The wording there – that the glitch applies to all fans – seems to be intended to mitigate complaints of users being cheated out of their investments by the system. That doesn’t acknowledge, though, that the biggest spenders and players were likely the most affected by it.
With that said, the FIFA team is working on an update for FIFA 16 on PC, PlayStation and Xbox, that Hodson says they’ll be deploying as soon as possible.
With FIFA 17, Hodson says that they’ll “be sharing more about the deeper mechanics” of the FIFA Ultimate Team mode, which suggests greater transparency from Electronic Arts about the mode, which would only be a good thing considering how much money people spend on it and how much money EA makes off of it, with the publisher having pulled in about $650 million on it last year.
Assuming the glitch is addressed fully in this patch, EA is going to be closely monitored by fans from this point forward, so this is something they won’t have any room for error on.
EA has not yet announced a release date for the update, but FIFA 17 is due to release on September 27.