The FIFA community can be a real feisty bunch when it comes to EA "meddling" with the game and the introduction of Price Ranges caused the fanbase to implode. Last night, EA took the opportunity to deny they had broken Ultimate Team by making major changes. Price Ranges were brought into the game on March 9th; they gave every available card a minimum and maximum price they could be sold at. But, to say some fans were unhappy would be the understatement of the century. The knives came out as EA received a wave of abuse while #RIPFUT started trending worldwide. In a blog post on its site, EA addressed the criticism that has been thrown at them, saying:
What are we trying to achieve with these changes? Its simple we want to keep the game fair and secure for everyone, and ensure a level playing field for all FUT fans. To accomplish this we have to root out the activities of coin farmers and cheaters who are harming your experience with the game.The spokesperson argued there had been "positive signs" since the changes were made, pointing to a more stable Transfer Market with fewer coin sellers and bots being allowed to operate. However, there's bad news for those people who like to use the Ultimate Team Web and Companion Apps: it's not coming back yet. Fans who enjoyed tinkering with their team or opening packs while at work or uni will have to keep waiting because EA say they're not ready to bring the apps back. They were taken down in February because they were providing an entry point for the majority of the coin sellers, but as EA explained:
We want to do this as quickly as possible, and we are working as hard as we can to bring them back for everyone to usebut we cant do that until weve made them secure and more stable.It's fair to say there was a mixed reaction to EA's statement across the internet; the company has always received a lot of abuse, but if you take a look at any post on the FIFA Twitter account, you'll get a sense of the animosity that exists between them and a section of the fanbase. It's possible that the majority are just trolls, but there are genuine questions being asked of the developers. EA did make a few promises to fans to brighten the mood: they are pledging better coin rewards in tournaments alongside more special content before the end of the season. EA representative Chu Morah a.k.a. ChuBoi also did a brief Q&A on the FIFA subreddit yesterday where he hinted at the use of a Pink In Form card in the future. Has EA ruined your enjoyment of FIFA 15 by introducing Price Ranges? Are you having more fun? Let us know in the comments!