Picture the scene: head in hands, hunched over a TV set, eyes wide and mouth agape. FIFA fans know all about this unfortunate contortion, it’s the kind of pose usually reserved for the near-miss, the last-minute loss, and the sure thing gone sour.
Today, and today only – if EA is to be believed – this look of puzzled terror can be yours for an entirely different reason. According to a statement released on the company’s official website this morning, a small number of glitches involving the Xbox One edition of FIFA 14 have been reported and are currently under investigation. Negative effects range from the irritating — including temporary loss of Internet connection, to the downright disconcerting — i.e. a total console crash.
With a mass bug hunt already well under way, EA is promising a fix to these issues within the day. For a full description of each of these particular problems – as well as a number of temporary remedies – check out the ghastly glitch list below. NOTE: The company help page makes no special mention of the game’s downloadable version, aka the copy bundled with all European pre-orders of the Xbox One. Therefore, these issues should be expected on both physical and digital copies of the game.
- Controller Bug: Using two separate controllers, both assigned to user profiles, and then using controller two to navigate the bootflow when FIFA 14 is loading can result in a crash. The FIFA dev team will be fixing this issue as soon as possible (shortly after launch) but, in the meantime and as a workaround: please only use controller one to navigate the bootflow of FIFA 14. You can turn on and use the controller two once in the main menu.
- Bootflow Issue: If you suspend the console (leave it inactive until it ’sleeps’) on the title screen in the Xbox One bootflow, you will not be able to access any online features when returning from an unsuspended state. As a workaround: don’t suspend the console when on the title screen. If you do, simply restart the console (XB1 Only).
Aside from these ’emergency’ issues, EA is also tackling a selection of minor difficulties, ones that the company hopes to remedy as part of “an upcoming title update.” Unfortunately, the company’s use of language makes it less-than clear whether any of these additional issues — some of which affect the PS4 version also – will be fixed in the very first title update or as part of a larger, later solution.
- FIFA fans cannot join Friends Only matches via a friend’s profile (PS4 Only). You should: Accept the invite from the user when it comes through and you will be able to join the match properly.
- Title crash in Co-Op seasons if the captain is using a custom formation and the non-captain does not have any custom formations (XB1 Only). You should: Make sure you have the same amount of custom formations as your teammate, or not use them.
- The ‘Seasons Win’ item in the EA SPORTS FC catalogue will not be properly received if gifted to a friend. (BOTH PS4/XB1) You should: Hold off on gifting this item until the upcoming title update.
- Compatibility improvements with Xbox voice commands (XB1 Only).
- When playing as a GK in Pro Clubs, you will have no way of changing the camera off of the ‘End To End’ camera (XB1 Only).
Following last week’s PR nightmare involving EA and Sony — which saw the publisher openly blame the PlayStation manufacturer for software issues, (before later retracting said accusation) — it’s unsurprising to find the company opting to take responsibility here. Rather than make any more wild accusations, the statement actually calls for understanding, making reference to other launch day difficulties, in an effort to contextualize its own mistakes. While EA certainly aren’t alone in rushing out untested products, the scale of these day-one issues does indicate a reluctance to perform the same kind of extensive testing once commonplace among older, offline titles.
Are you encountering any problems with your copy of FIFA 14 for Xbox One? Is a lack of testing to blame for these kinds of occurrences? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest FIFA news, including new hardware-switching incentives, right here on Game Rant.
FIFA 14 is now available for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Wii, PS2, PS Vita, 3DS, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 formats.
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