Last week EA Sports released a new update for Ultimate Team which would send FIFA fans into outrage, prompting claims that the game has been 'ruined'.
The developers revealed 'Price Ranges' on their official website and social media, a feature which now restricts FUT gamers to selling players only within a set price range, meaning that there is no longer a free market in Ultimate Team.
Each player in the game mode has been given a minimum and maximum price by EA Sports, depending on their value in the market, with the feature being designed to combat the infamous coin sellers, who've been the main source of controversy surrounding Ultimate Team this past year.
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A statement was submitted by EA Sports (via easports.com) as follows:
These new features are designed to:
- "Help FUT gamers understand the value of the players in their Club.
- "Make high-rated players more attainable for all FUT gamers and ensure a level playing field.
- "Further restrict illegitimate coin transfers on the Transfer Market.
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It's clear that the developer has finally put it's foot down on coin sellers, but this has been faced with a massive backlash from fans of the game on social media.
The hashtag #RIPFUT began trending on Twitter last Monday with the FIFA community uniting against 'Price Ranges'.
Some users claimed that the game has been 'broken' following the new update, with others threatening to trade allegiance to FIFA rivals, Pro Evolution Soccer.
The debate has most definitely begun, but nevertheless EA Sports has maintained that this was the right decision for Ultimate Team:
We believe the long-term benefits of this new change will make FUT more fun and fair for everyone.
We are confident that, in the long run, the FUT community as a whole will come to appreciate the balanced benefits that this new feature will bring to all FUT players, but it’s important you let us know what you think.
Despite the developer's confidence in the new feature, the overwhelmingly negative reception to 'Price Ranges' may cause EA Sports to think again on this decision, so stay tuned for more updates on one of the most controversial topics in FIFA history.
Join us later in the week as we discuss 'Price Ranges' in more depth, debating many of the issues that have risen since its unwelcomed release.
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