FIFA 21 Pitch Notes were released Nov. 17 detailing new changes in Title Update 5 as EA Sports tries to calm an enraged fan base.
FIFA Ultimate Team fans praised the latest release on launch for how balanced the gameplay felt. For years, fans were forced into playing Drop Back defense causing games to stall out and be unenjoyable. This was the first FIFA in years that encouraged multiple ways of scoring. Long shots, breaking teams down, crosses and headers, even corners were all viable on launch.
After Title Update 4, things changed and fans were extremely upset with how the game resorted to a FIFA 20 play style.
FIFA 21 Pitch Notes Detail Stamina Changes in Title Update 5
"In this article, we’ll be taking a deeper look at the gameplay changes surrounding Stamina decay for specific Custom Tactics and the Overload Ball Side D-Pad Tactic, as well as the change impacting ball trajectories following a block" EA Sports said in the update.
One of the most infuriating aspects of FIFA 21 is the auto-blocking from AI defenders. EA Sports adjusted this by increasing the distance the ball can travel after making contact with a defender during the blocking animation.
Also, EA Sports reduced how long Team Press works. The d-pad tactic is overused currently and is a bit overpowered. The tactic is now only available for 20 seconds before going on cooldown.
Finally, EA Sports increased how much stamina is used for the Overload Ball Side d-pad tactic and three defensive tactics: Constant Pressure, Pressure on Heavy Touch and Pressure on Possession Loss.
Read more about the full list of changes here.