RIPFUT began trending last night after an update to FIFA 15 saw price ranges added to Ultimate Team, its most popular (and profitable) game mode, essentially nullifying the illegitimate coin transfers, a tactic which many use in order to increase their in-game wallet.
While EA has been planning to implement methods in order to prevent unofficial coin transfers from taking place, the news still hasnâ€™t gone down well with FIFA players, with some even posting photos on social media of their game discs snapped in half, or threats to play Pro Evolution Soccer instead, FIFAâ€˜s closest rival.
Many believed these changes would make their way into FIFA 16, but it appears that EA has chosen to introduce them in FIFA 15 in order to soften the blow for when the next game comes around. Hereâ€™s how the addition of price ranges will impact upon FIFA 15â€˜s Ultimate Team mode:
All Price Ranges will be universal across Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
When you list an item on the Transfer Market, the range at which an item can be sold will appear. These price ranges will be set by the FIFA Team based on analysis of past Transfer Market prices.
Open bid transfers will be unavailable after Price Ranges have been activated. In order to list an item on the Transfer Market, you will have to set a â€œBuy It Nowâ€ price within the Price Range.
The Price Range for each FUT item will be set wide enough for you to still enjoy trading on the Transfer Market.
The Price Range for certain players may be adjusted in the future as we work to improve this feature over time.
New â€˜in-formâ€™ FUT player items will receive a Price Range upon release.
Many have pointed to this being an example of EAâ€™s money-grubbing, with websites selling FIFA coins being a huge part of the gameâ€™s community and a source of income for many YouTubers who specialize in FIFA gameplay footage. Now that these unofficial coin transfers have been taken out by EA, this will now mean there is once again a larger emphasis placed upon packs, which offer a very low percentage for acquiring rare players, let alone Team of the Week/Month/Year cards.
With so many being of the opinion that this could effectively destroy the transfer market as we know now it and spell a big dip in popularity for Ultimate Team in general, EA will perhaps need to do something to coax players threatening to quit the game to return to it, perhaps by increasing the percentages of obtaining rare players from packs. Then again, itâ€™s likely that this is another case of people insincerely threatening to boycott a game/developer/publisher, only to come crawling back when the next iteration in the series rolls around.