EA SPORTS are on the verge of releasing FIFA 21 Title Update #9 on Origin PC and Steam, with plans to add the Jan. 26 update to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 soon too; here’s all the patch notes, including more skill move nerfs.
The FIFA publishers have been on a war against offensive tricks and skills in the past few Title Updates, and they don’t look to have changed their tune in #9 either.
Two offensive FIFA 21 moves are on the chopping block this patch — “Flick Ups” and “Volleyed Chip Shots” — in an effort to add more agency in defense. The first, a skill move change, is mainly targeting the “Rainbow Flick” that has been rampant in Ultimate Team over the past few months.
EA has moved to “reduce consistency of the ball trajectory” after successful ‘flick’ skill moves, including those that “involve launching the ball into the air.”
On the shooting front, Volleyed Chip Shots have had some power taken out at range. The biggest swap is a “reduced effectiveness” for the shot if taken more than 10.67 meters from the goal.
Shots taken more than 16.76m away will now be “half as effective” as well.
FIFA’s war against skillers continues in Title Update #9.
There was one more gameplay change EA SPORTS introduced in FIFA 21’s latest update too — referees will finally be less eager to blow for full-time mid-attack.
EA has “considerably reduced the probability of referees calling for the end of the match during a potential goalscoring opportunity.” This could, the FIFA devs warned, lead to “slightly longer” injury time periods in some matches.
The new FIFA patch also removed a popular Squad Battles exploit, changing the way defensive AI works when recovering the ball in offline matches.
Finally, the FIFA publishers also made a raft of changes to Ultimate Team — including more FUT store issues — Career Mode, Volta Football, and Pro Clubs.
FIFA players should see fewer Ultimate Team games end right when they’re about to score.
EA SPORTS also made no mention of “auto blocks” — the automatic AI-controlled defensive move present in most FIFA modes — in the new update #9 patch notes, despite the FIFA 21 community calling for nerfs to the defensive animation for some time now.