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FIFA's second major update in as many weeks is here, available on PC now. But let's get this out of the way to start: As we mentioned last week with Title Update 4, FIFA 18's patch cycle appears set to be rapid and iterative. It's our read that we're going to get more patches than we've ever gotten before in any previous versions of the game. That's certainly good news in that more community requested fixes EA are able to both verify as needs and patch on their end will get tackled than ever before. It also means more and more indignation every time a perceived more urgent bug isn't tackled at the speed you may want it to be.
If you don't see something you think needs fixed addressed, that doesn't mean it's not on EA's radar. And just because something else got fixed, it likely just means it was fixed in either the order it was brought to the development team's radar, or because it was able to get done and tested before this release, not because it's a higher priority or anything else. If EA only fixed high-hanging fruit, there'd be fewer patches and less would get done.
Of course, it's always worth considering that maybe that thing you think is game breaking doesn't actually pan out to be so when looking at the entire landscape of players from 30,000 feet. Some "bugs" are subjective; others less so. Gameplay (and glitch) criticism is fair game, of course, but having complete information (e.g. gameplay data from over 30,000,000 players) sometimes paints things in a different picture.
That said, let's start with the big one.
Did they fix the "No-Loss Glitch"?
That was actually addressed in an eleventh hour addition to the consoles' patch released earlier this week. This next patch -- which is available on PC now and ostensibly will come to console next week -- fixes other things. Here's the release notes from last week reflecting as much:
The hope here (and amongst the community surely) is that particular glitch is now a thing of the past. If you're still seeing suspect behavior where players in the Top 100 leaderboard are getting more losses in FUT Champions channel than their record would indicate, putting those on EA's radar is the move.
So what did get fixed and what should we care about?
Here are the release notes, courtesy of EA (emphasis ours):
Addressed the following issues in Gameplay:
-- A freeze happening, in some situations, during the goal celebration for a goal that was scored by the goalkeeper.
-- The goal celebration being skipped, in some situations, after a goal was scored by the goalkeeper.
-- Holding the sprint button will once again cause a goalkeeper to get up quickly if he is on the ground while holding the ball.
-- The player sometimes being in control of the wrong player in a Skill Game.
-- Stringing the juggle skill move together multiple times in the Practice Arena could cause your player to disappear.
-- Updated the default FIFA Trainer settings for the Intro Match to show both Movement and Mechanics instead of just Movement.
Addressed the following issues in Online Modes:
-- Captains, or players that had just transferred captaincy to another player, getting disconnected or crashing after inviting another club to a match in Pro Clubs Friendlies in some situations.
Made the following changes in FIFA Ultimate team:
-- Added the ability to watch FUT Champions Channel replays in a slower (0.5x) playback speed.
-- When toggling the playback speed of the replay, it cycles through Normal --> Fast --> Slow.
-- Removed the Single Player Camera from the list of available camera angles in FUT Champions Channel.
-- Removed the non-functional Restart button in the FUT Champions Channel Pause Menu.
-- Renamed the FIWC Stadium item to FeWC Stadium.
Addressed the following issues in FIFA Ultimate team:
-- FUT Squads that had default tactics values that were incorrectly set to over 100 have been reset to the normal default values.
-- A visual issue where sometimes the kit that a player selected to play with would not be the kit that their opponent would see them playing with in FUT Online modes.
-- The FUT Squad Battles Featured Squad image not loading properly after rapidly transitioning through screens.
-- The Pause Menu countdown timer sometimes displaying throughout a FUT Champions Channel replay.
-- The scrolling team lineup list sometimes displaying at the start of a FUT Champions Channel replay.
-- The penalty shootout tutorial sometimes displaying during a penalty shootout in a FUT Champions Channel replay.
Addressed the following issues in Audio / Visual / Presentation:
-- Updates to the 2D portraits for some players.
Thanks to those who’ve provided feedback. Throughout the course of the FIFA 18 season we'll provide you with more information and updates if and when they become available.
The FIFA Team
While not implemented yet, it does appear as well that the groundwork has been laid for a future update that'll allow searches for Squad Fitness, a long, long overdue tweak. It's not working at present, however:
All in all, this seems to be another patch focused on tackling a broad array of less critical issues than any one big fix. There's plenty more to come (maybe as soon as next week), so if you're hung up on one (or a small number) of issues, you might see them tackled sooner than you might think.