The publisher vowed that they will never use this technology in its annual sports games’ cash cow Ultimate Team game modes.
Previously, there was a class-action lawsuit that alleged Electronic Arts‘ dynamic difficulty adjustment technology to cheat in the sports games’ Ultimate Team modes so that the players are somewhat forced to buy loot boxes to keep up the pace in Madden NFL, FIFA, or NHL. The lawsuit has been dismissed.
Electronic Arts announced it on its website: „Ensuring play is fair is critical to all of us at Electronic Arts, and we’ve tried to be as clear as possible that this commitment applies to us just as much as it does to our players. We’ve publicly said before that we do not use any scripting or “Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment” (DDA) or anything similar that would automatically adjust the difficulty of gameplay in FIFA, Madden and NHL Ultimate Team matches.
Our clear statements were recently challenged in a lawsuit that alleged we did, in fact, use DDA in Ultimate Team modes. We’re pleased to share that the plaintiffs have now dismissed their case. We provided them with detailed technical information and access to speak with our engineers, all of which confirmed (again) that there is no DDA or scripting in Ultimate Team modes. This is the right result. While Electronic Arts does own a patent for DDA technology, that technology never was in FIFA, Madden or NHL, and never will be.
We would not use DDA technology to give players an advantage or disadvantage in online multiplayer modes in any of our games and we do not have it in FIFA, Madden or NHL. Electronic Arts and the FIFA, Madden and NHL teams remain committed to fair play,” the company wrote.
The best approach is to never even take a look at Ultimate Team so you don’t end up ever paying extra money on top of the game’s cost. (It still doesn’t help with games like FIFA on the Switch that is nowadays effectively a roster patch…) However, there a class-action lawsuit in the US and Canada each for the loot boxes in FIFA’s, Madden’s, and NHL’s Ultimate Team modes…