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FIFA 21 Title Update 7 released with big changes to crossing and interceptions

The latest title update for FIFA 21 appears to focus on trying to nerf crossing, whilst increasing the effectiveness of interceptions and improving referee logic.

In the previous FIFA 21 title update, Title Update 6, EA SPORTS focused on nerfing overpowered skill moves including stepovers and they’ve continued in trying to nerf overpowered attacking options in their latest update, Title Update 7.

In the Title Update 7 patch notes, which you can see in full below, EA SPORTS have said that they’ve made changes that ‘reduced the speed at which the ball travels when performing Driven or Driven Ground crosses’, whilst also making changesthat ‘decreased how accurate a volley can be if the ball is reaching the shot taker at a high speed’.

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These two changes together should make it more difficult for FIFA 21 players to score from driven crosses in-game, which is one of the most effective current attacking methods. In addition, EA SPORTS have also improved interceptions logic in this update, which should make it even harder to find the back of the net, tipping the scales toward the defensive aspect of the game.

There are other major changes to other aspects and game modes within FIFA 21 in the latest update including improving referee logic, interceptions, changes to fake shots, other gameplay changes, FIFA Ultimate Team, Volta Football, Career Mode, and some audio and visual changes too.

Here are the full confirmed patch notes for the FIFA 21 Title Update 7, which is now live on PC, coming soon to Xbox and PlayStation.

FIFA 21 Title Update 7 full patch notes

The latest Title Update (Title Update 7) for FIFA 21 is now available on PC and coming soon to Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, with the update including the changes below.

Gameplay

Made the following changes:

  • Reduced the speed at which the ball travels when performing Driven or Driven Ground crosses.
    • This effect is most noticeable when performing a Driven or Driven Ground Cross with a player whose Crossing Attribute is 75 or lower.
    • The higher the Crossing Attribute, the less pronounced this effect is.
  • Decreased how accurate a volley can be if the ball is reaching the shot taker at a high speed.
  • Adjusted referee logic to better evaluate when a yellow card should be given.
  • Further improved interception logic in situations where the defending player is directly in the ball’s path.
    • This change applies only in situations where the ball carrier is passing the ball.
  • Decreased player transition speed into a Fake Shot while Sprinting, after the Skill Move was successfully requested.

FIFA 21 Title Update 7 is out now on PC

Addressed the following issues:

  • Improved animation selection logic when attempting to make a save as a player-controlled goalkeeper.
  • Sometimes, fouls around the edge of the box were resulting in seemingly incorrect ball placement for the following set piece.
    • The in-game referee made the correct decision in these situations, but the resolution of the fouling animations could make it seem as if a foul took place in a slightly different spot on the pitch.
  • Improved referee logic in situations where a professional foul is committed by the last player in defense, impacting a potential attacking opportunity.
  • In some cases, referees did not make the correct foul call following a physical contest or Standing Tackle.
  • The Heel Chop Skill Move could not be performed while Sprinting.
  • Reduced some instances of the ball carrier stumbling after minimal physical contact in the box.
    • This could sometimes have led to unnecessary penalty kick calls.
  • In some situations, a player who was attempting to intercept a pass would incorrectly move their foot away from the ball.
  • In rare instances, players would teleport during a non-gameplay foul scene following an advantage.

FIFA Ultimate Team

Addressed the following issues:

  • When loading a Squad Battles match, the Opponent’s Squad screen sometimes disappeared too quickly
  • After reaching the previously set personal Pack Limit on FIFA Playtime, Squad Building Challenge Reward Packs could not have been opened without changing or ignoring the limit for 1 hour.
  • A potential stability issue could occur when the Captain invited a friend to the Co-Op Lobby.

VOLTA FOOTBALL

Addressed the following issues:

  • When switching between tabs in Gear Up, the UI did not always reflect the currently selected Objective.
  • Addressed some instances of players being unable to matchmake.

Career Mode

Addressed the following issues:

  • Updated the Interactive Match Sim UI when penalty kicks and penalty kick shootouts occur.
  • A stability issue could occur when playing with Argentine teams.
  • In Player Career, some stats were not being tracked correctly when playing a portion of the match and selecting the Jump To Result option from the pause menu.

General, Visual, and Audio

Made the following changes:

  • Updated several kits and a stadium.
  • The Connection Monitoring setting now defaults to Icons Only instead of Off.

*FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The next generation version of FIFA 21 is also available now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5.

Fans who jump into FIFA 21 can also benefit from Dual Entitlement, enabling them to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S at no extra cost.




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