FIFA 18 first major patch boosts goalkeepers and more.

The first major FIFA 18 patch is now on PC and coming soon to console. Among other things, it gives goalkeepers a bit of an adrenaline boost.

There’s been some criticism that it’s too easy to score in FIFA 18. Not so much anymore as EA have improved keepers’ reactions in certain situations.

EA have also tuned down the difficulty for Amateur and Semi-Pro and reduced shot accuracy.

There’s also improvements to kit clashing logic when online and EA have also made some tweaks to the goal net animations.

The full patch notes can be seen below.

This update includes the following changes:

Added the following in FIFA Ultimate team:

  • New functionality to Champions Channel including missed shots and hidden timeline.

Addressed the following in FIFA Ultimate team:

  • An issue with the extra time display on the Champions Channel timeline.
  • An issue with locked EASFC catalogue kits on opponent teams in Squad Battles.
  • An issue where the crowd would have incorrect flags when the home team is wearing a certain kit.
  • An issue where a player could crash when watching a FUT Champions Channel match.
  • An issue where players could control the goalkeeper in FUT Single Player modes.
  • Changed Matches Remaining to Attempts Remaining in FUT Champions Daily Knockout Tournament.
  • Changed the Possible Points text in Squad Battles to Projected Match Points.
  • Updated loan player portraits in the EASFC Catalogue.
  • Visual improvements to some FUT item types.

Addressed the following in Gameplay:

  • Tuned goalkeeper reactions in certain situations.
  • Tuned down the difficulty for Amateur and Semi-Pro difficulties.
  • Reduced shot accuracy and slightly increased goalkeeper reaction times in certain in-game situations.

Added the following in The Journey Hunter Returns:

  • Icons in cinematic scenes to indicate the user-triggered action.
  • Triggered actions are: Personality, FIFA 17 Result, Match Result, Key Decision, Player Performance, Team Performance, Partnership Rating

Addressed the following in The Journey Hunter Returns:

  • An issue where the player could crash during a cinematic in Chapter 5 (PC only).

Added the following in Career Mode:

  • Added option to delegate contract renewals.
  • Allow users to renegotiate contract with a player whose release clause has been paid.

Addressed the following in Career Mode:

  • An issue where users could use a loaned player as part of a transfer deal.
  • An issue where Breaking News weren’t getting refreshed.

Addressed the following in Online Modes:

  • An issue in Pro Clubs where a player could return to an invisible lobby after a match.
  • Enabled the opponent indicators in online matches.
  • Improvements were made to the kit clashing logic.

Audio / Visual / Presentation Changes:

  • The color of the In game radar icons are once again based on the color of a team’s kit.
  • Adding this season’s authentic Bundesliga broadcast package.
  • Addressed multiple minor audio issues.
  • Improvements to the goal net animations.
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