FIFA 18 Removes Guest Play From Ultimate Team, Incites Backlash

FIFA 18 Removes Guest Play From Ultimate Team, Incites Backlash

The popular feature is nowhere to be found, and fans are demanding action.

It seems EA has removed the guest play option for FIFA 18's Ultimate Team this year and players aren't too happy.

A social media campaign began circulating last week asking EA Sports to #bringbackguest. Players are calling on EA Sports to either reinstate guest mode for FIFA 18's Ultimate Team mode or issue refunds.

Guest play in Ultimate Team is a feature that essentially turns FIFA's most popular feature into a co-op experience, which if you're a fan of soccer know that it's even better with your mates. While the Guest feature is still available for friendly games, it's disabled in competitive online modes—arguably the meat of the Ultimate Team experience.

Part of the problem stems from the fact that EA Sports didn't clearly advertise the removal of guest mode leading up to FIFA 18's release. It took a couple days after launch until players got an official answer regarding its removal, but that hasn't helped lessen the sting of its disappearance.

A thread in the FIFA subreddit is quickly filling up with complaints while an online petition is close to reaching its 10,000 signature goal (as of writing this) to bring back the feature. Though it's unclear if EA Sports will acquiesce to the pressure of its fans.

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team

This isn't the only change chafing FIFA 18 players. A recent update which added clear indicators as to which player your online opponent is currently playing as received more blowback from players who are worried that this change could offset the balance of the game.

Our review of FIFA 18 called it a polished experience, but it seems as if EA's post-launch updates have been slowly tweaking or changing features in ways that fans of the series are having a hard time stomaching.

We'll keep you updated on any developments to guest play for FIFA 18's Ultimate Team. In the meantime, check out our comprehenesive FIFA 18 guide for all the latest.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

The Developers Who Never Gave Up

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Stories of ongoing or aspiring success from studios big and small that had rough starts on games such as Fallout 76, No Man's Sky, and Anthem.

FIFA 18 Still Isn't Available on EA Access

FIFA 18 has yet to appear on EA's subscription service despite this year's game now available to buy and play.

FIFA 18 World Cup Mode - What Teams and Game Modes are in FIFA 18 World Cup 2018 Update?

All stadiums, teams, World Cup 2018 Mode player ratings, card packs, and FUT tweaks for FIFA 18 World Cup 2018.

FIFA 18 Coming to EA Access on Xbox One Between July and September

Will be joined by The Sims 4, Burnout Paradise Remastered, Fe, and Dante's Inferno.

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team FUT 18 Guide - Tips and Tricks to Build the Best FUT Team and get the best Players

How to build an Ultimate Team in FIFA 18 FUT, great chemistry, earn FIFA 18 Coins quickly and win online. Get the best cheap players for FUT and learn about TOTW cards. Squad Building Challenges explained, and FUT 18 Card Packs detailed. Squad Battles, How to Beat Teams on Legendary.

More News

Apple Arcade Springs Soft Launch on Developers, Some Games May Not Be Final Versions

Some iOS 13 beta participants can play games that don't even have official release dates yet.

George Miller Once Called Death Stranding "Mathematically Correct," Hideo Kojima Says

The Fury Road director seems to like what Kojima's going for.