FIFA 22 will be released on Friday 1st October 2021 and we have all you need to know about the Pitch Notes updates.
For the first time in what feels like a while, there is a lot of excitement around the release of a FIFA game, and this is due to huge new features and the introduction of hypermotion technology.
Not only does it look like Ultimate Team will look a lot better, but game modes not played as much, such as Volta, have been rebuilt in order to attract a bigger audience.
Hopefully all these features will play as good as they have looked in trailers otherwise developers EA Sports will receive a lot of criticism.
What are Pitch Notes?
Pitch Notes are FIFA’s way of telling the gaming community how they have updated the current game and what changes they have implemented. It will also tell us what bugs they have fixed.
In other games, these are typically called patch notes. For FIFA, these are especially important due to the fact that each update that comes out changes the way the game is played. After each update, gamers will have to find out what the new meta is. All our information on the Pitch Notes comes from here.
Latest Pitch Notes
EA Play members can kick off their FUT 22 journey with a 10 hour trial starting from September 22. EA Play Pro players will have full game access on PC starting from September 22. For those who pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition, full game access will begin September 27, 4 days ahead of worldwide launch on October 1.
During Early Access you’ll find the following content:
An untradeable 80-84 OVR Player Pick and a 10 game loan Team of the Week (TOTW) player earned via special Early Access Objectives.
Team of the Week #1 with boosted Items highlighting the best performing players from the previous week’s footballing action. Plus the first Featured TOTW Item of FUT 22.
A limited-time Early Access Live FUT Friendly where you can compete for pack rewards.
On top of that, kick off Ones To Watch (OTW) early with an OTW Player Squad Building Challenge (SBC) available exclusively during Early Access.
Ones To Watch Dates
October 1 - October 8
OTW Team 1 - First XI
October 3 - October 8
OTW Team 1 - Mini Release
October 8 - October 13
OTW Team 2 - First XI
October 10 - October 13
OTW Team 2 - Mini Release
For those who pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition, you will receive a Guaranteed OTW Item (untradeable) when OTW kicks off on October 1. The OTW Item you receive will be based on when you open your pack, per the below dates:
OTW PRE-ORDER PACK CONTENT
October 1 - October 3
OTW Team 1 First XI Only
October 3 - October 8
OTW Team 1 Only
October 8 - October 10
OTW Team 2 First XI Only
October 10 - October 13
OTW Team 2 Only
October 13 onwards
OTW Team 1 and 2
A common thread of feedback we see around Performance-Based Programs such as Team of the Week, Man of the Match, or Player of the Month is that their ratings tend to fall behind the ratings of Items released as part of Campaigns as we move throughout the year. FUT’s unique connection to the real world of football is part of what makes the mode special. To help these Program releases better match the excItement of the footballing event they celebrate, we’ll be making some adjustments to our Performance-Based Programs throughout the year. Today, we’ll talk about one of those changes.
Instead of a standard TOTW boost, Featured TOTW Items will be given a larger boost, increasing their appeal in squad building.
At launch, to be eligible for a Featured TOTW Item, a player’s highest rated Base or Performance-Based Item must be rated 80 or below and they must not have an active Live Item (Eg. Ones To Watch).
In addition, any future Performance-Based Items these players earn will build off of this boosted rating.
FUT Heroes are coming to FUT 22! Celebrate some of football’s most memorable players with FUT Heroes Items that represent the unforgettable moments that turned them into fan favorites.
All 19 FUT Heroes will be available in FUT starting from the Worldwide launch on October 1 and will remain in FUT for the entirety of FUT 22. There may be additional versions made available as part of select FUT 22 Campaigns and Programs. In case you missed it, you can see their ratings here!
This year, 4 new players join the elite ranks of FUT ICONs. Theya re Cafu, Iker Casillas, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie
The ICON Program in FUT 22 will see many of the popular elements from FUT 21 return for another year. Namely ICON Swaps and ICONs SBCs will feature again.
There will be four versions of each ICON in FUT 22; Base, Mid, Prime, and Moments. The Base and Mid versions will be available in FUT from launch with the subsequent versions made available throughout the year.
Preview Packs will be available in FIFA 22 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia and PC. Preview Packs are a pack type that allow you to see all the specific Items contained within. Once you have seen what is in the pack, you can choose to buy the pack, with either FUT Coins or FIFA Points.
At launch you can expect to see the following:
- The Premium Gold Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.
- The Premium Silver Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.
FUT Pre-Season Rewards
Players who were eligible for Pre-Season Rewards from the FUT 22 Pre-Season Campaign will be granted these by 12 October 2021. FUT 22 rewards must be redeemed by logging in to FUT 22 by 12 November 2021.
The latest that you will be able to use the FUT Companion App without logging into the full game is October 17th.
Next Pitch Notes
We are expecting the next Pitch Notes to be released on Friday 1st October. We believe it will be this date as this will be the full release of FIFA 22 and will show all the fixes from the bugs they might have found in the beta tests.
Make sure that you are keeping an eye on this page for all of the latest updates around these, as FIFA typically release Pitch Notes every month.
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