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FIFA 16 patch tackles FUT chemistry glitch

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EA's released a patch for FIFA 16 designed to tackle the FIFA Ultimate Team chemistry glitch.

As we reported last month, FIFA players found a troubling glitch that meant the game buffed low-rated teams and nerfed highly rated teams without telling players.

This had to do with chemistry, but fitness was affected, too. In FUT, by playing cards in particular positions you can increase your chemistry stats. High chemistry can boost the stats of players. A low chemistry can nerf them. Chemistry is important for FUT because it can give you the edge in a match.

FUT players discovered that the most expensive cards in the game did not attribute this chemistry-related stat boost properly, and as a result players felt sluggish in comparison to cheaper cards that did attribute the chemistry stat boost properly.

The FUT community went into meltdown over this because these expensive upgraded cards are rare, and so people had spent a lot of real world money trying to get them.

Now, there's a patch for FIFA 16 on PC, PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 that "addresses inconsistencies in chemistry and fitness on some FUT items".

There's not much information there, but in a previous update, EA said it would make changes to ensure attributes would be applied "consistently across all items in the game". So hopefully the whole thing will be sorted out.

Still, some remain angry at EA over the FUT chemistry glitch. Writing on the FIFA subReddit, user "RighteousOnix", called on EA to apologise.

"We've been spending £80 on FIFA points so we could play with a worse version of the cheap player we already owned, just with a pretty coloured IF card," RighteousOnix said. "You have a right to be pissed, and if you're not, you're mugging yourself off."

With the launch of FIFA 17 nearing, all eyes turn to the next game in the series, which will no doubt be picked apart by the FUT community to see if the chemistry glitch makes it through.

For some time now the FUT community has called upon EA to better explain exactly how FUT works. After the chemistry glitch exploded, there is now an expectation that EA dig into the detail for FIFA 17.

"As mentioned in our previous communication on this topic, we will be sharing information on some of the deeper mechanics of Ultimate Team as we move towards the launch of FIFA 17," EA said.

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