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    by Published on 04-02-2020 09:00 PM
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    Developers Canuck Play have announced that Doug Flutie's Maximum Football 2020 will be available this September for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    In a tweet, the studio announced the release timeframe and that from April through release, game improvements and new features will be disclosed.

    Maximum Football 2019 included a college football Dynasty Mode and a robust team editor to help satisfy the demand for a collegiate football game. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2020 09:00 AM
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    Sixteen years after the final release of NFL 2K, 2K Games is back in the business of making NFL titles.

    Today, 2K and the NFL announced a multiyear agreement allowing them to develop 'non-simulation experiences.' The first titles under this agreement are expected to launch in 2021. At this time, there is no indication on what consoles or platforms these titles may be developed for.

    Per ESPN, the 'simulation rights' aspect of the NFL license expires in 2021 and multiple companies, including 2K, are said to be interesting in acquiring them.

    In recent years, 2K has expanded their portfolio by adding arcade basketball (NBA Playgrounds), professional golf (The Golf Club), and now the NFL in some capacity. In an expanded timeframe, EA has lost or relinquished the rights to franchises or discontinued development of franchises devoted to college football (NCAA Football), professional golf (Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR), baseball (MVP Baseball), and Tennis (Grand Slam Tennis), as well as numerous arcade titles. Based on social media profiles of developers, EA Tiburon is currently developing an unannounced title.


    Continue on to read the official press release as well as excerpts of stories covering this news from ESPN and IGN. ...
    by Published on 02-20-2020 08:00 PM
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    The February title update is now available for Madden NFL 20. This update adds new plays and updated play-call AI via the NFL Live Playbooks feature and includes a Franchise Mode fix, among other aspects.

    The most notable new play added is in the Chiefs' Gun Trey Y-Flex Weak offensive package, Jet Chip Wasp. This play helped propel Kansas City to a victory in the Super Bowl, allowing them to convert a pivotal 3rd & 15 to Tyreek Hill for a first down.

    This update also corrects an issue within Franchise Mode that saw wide receivers with the ‘Route Runner’ Wide Archetype fail to reach a high OVR rating via progression.

    Continue on to see the details of this update courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-30-2020 11:10 AM
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    The second January game update for Madden NFL 20 is now availaable and - among other aspects - provides the final update to the list of Superstar X-Factor and Superstar players. New X-Factor players include Titans RB Derrick Henry, Steelers OLB TJ Watt, Browns RB Nick Chubb, Bills CB Tre’Davious White, and Vikings DE Danielle Hunter.

    Also worth nothing is the addition of new functionality with Playcall Cooldowns & Limits within Madden Ultimate Team. From the official blog: This feature will be introduced via House Rules. Madden Ultimate Team now has the ability to configure a playcall cooldown or limit. After selecting a play with cooldowns, that play will not be selectable again until X amount of plays have been run. With limits, a play will have a configured number of how many total times that play can be called for the rest of the game. Cooldowns and limits can be combined together. We’re excited to hear your feedback when this House Rule launches, likely the end of January/early February.

    This new feature has already been highly requested for possible addition within Franchise Mode as an option to help force players to use more of their playbooks and not resort to the same handful of plays.

    Continue on to see the full list of changes & additions in this game update. ...
    by Published on 01-22-2020 12:00 PM
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    MLB The Show 20 has released the first gameplay trailer of the marketing season as well as their upcoming livestream schedule which discloses some basic game news & features.

    Some of the features revealed between the gameplay trailer and the livestream schedule include: extreme catch indicator, importance of fielder skill rating, OF throw home indicator, team relocation in Franchise mode, custom leagues & competitive events, and a new mode within Diamond Dynasty, "Showdown."

    The game releases on March 17, 2020 worldwide with early access beginning on March 13.

    Continue on to see the gameplay trailer and the dev livestream schedule. ...
    by Published on 01-10-2020 06:42 PM
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    The January Madden NFL 20 game update (1.22) is now available and includes changes to run commit, commentary updates, Franchise stability, additional players in the Superstar KO pool, and more.

    According to patch notes, the changes made will cause the "Updated ‘Run Commit’ mechanic to be more effective at stopping running plays when used toward the correct side of the run on all game styles." Some of the reactions to the Run Commit changes have been less than ideal.

    Also worth noting is that the patch notes state that the disallowed player list name within Face of the Franchise: QB1 have been updated. Some names will not be allowed within the College Football Playoff, but can be edited back once the player is drafted.

    Continue on to see the full patch notes released by EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 12-19-2019 02:15 PM
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    Think you know how bowl season will shake out? Prove it and join The Gaming Tailgate's Capital One Bowl Mania group on ESPN.com.

    This game challenges you to select the winners of each of the NCAA college football bowl games with a Confidence scoring system (assign confidence points to your picks). Best of all, the game is FREE to play!

    Get in the action now! Group: The Gaming Tailgate

    The winner - provided they are a member of TGT in good standing - will receive their choice of a $25 PSN/XBL/Nintendo card. It is free to enter, so feel welcome to invite family and friends. Good luck!
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    by Published on 12-09-2019 09:00 PM
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    In a joint statement, MLB, the MLBPA, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and San Diego Studio have announced a multi-year extension for development and distribution of MLB The Show. More noteworthy however, is the announcement that the title will now developed for additional consoles beyond PlayStation starting as early as 2021 with 'complete details announced at a later date.'

    Following the release of this news on social media, both the Nintendo and Xbox Twitter accounts responded, implying (confirming?) that the title will be coming to those consoles. While the possibility - or seeming likelihood - of MLB The Show coming to more platforms (read: no longer a PlayStation exclusive) is great news for sports gamers, it also raises a bevy of questions to be answered at a later date:

    Will the game be cross-platform? Will the San Diego Studio be the lone developer on non-PlayStation versions of the title? Will San Diego Studio no longer make PlayStation exclusive titles? Will there be some exclusive game aspects to keep PlayStation as the preferred console for the title? Did the title need to make this move to help cover expenses such as licensing costs or did MLB push them towards it?

    Continue on to see the press releases and tweets previously mentioned. ...
    by Published on 10-29-2019 11:45 AM
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    Following legislation in California (and with more states likely to follow) allowing college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness, the NCAA's Board of Governors board 'voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.'

    The working group will gather feedback through April and then refine its recommendations on the principles and regulatory framework. The board asked each division to create any new rules beginning immediately, but no later than January 2021.

    Should the NCAA's ultimate legislation allow for the use of players in video games, it could not only open up for a return of the NCAA Football franchise, but also perhaps NCAA Basketball, College Hoops, and MVP NCAA Baseball, among other titles. It could also provide a boost to existing games such as Doug Flutie's Maximum Football.

    Continue on to see the official press release from the NCAA as well as an article from ESPN on this news. ...
    by Published on 10-03-2019 09:00 AM
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    The October title update is now available for Madden NFL 20 and contains a sizable number of improvements and fixes for the game.

    Among the highlights: Chargers WR Keenan Allen has been upgraded to Superstar X-Factor from Superstar, replacing Free Agent WR Antonio Brown, Franchise News Story updates and New game-day stories and challenges, updated player and coach likenesses, extensive Franchise updates, and much more. The bug leading to a missing kick meter in Franchise Mode has also been remedied.

    Continue on to see the lengthy patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 09-19-2019 10:00 AM
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    Another game update is now available for Madden NFL 20. This game update adds new legends to the Superstar KO player pool, includes tackle animation improvements, bug fixes, and more.

    The update also fixes an issue causing the hidden dev trait snap-count to reset when using active rosters to start a Franchise league, however a later fix will need to occur to resolve this issue in existing franchises. Another significant issue resolved is an issue where Face of the Franchise QB1 decisions were presented to non-QB1 users in Franchise.

    Continue on to see the patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2019 07:00 PM
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    Another game update is now available for Madden NFL 20. This update builds upon the previous September game update in correcting game issues, most notably using the standard 'general stability and connectivity improvements' terminology.

    The most notable change is the addition of Colts WR T.Y. Hilton as a Superstar X-Factor to replace the recently retired Andrew Luck. Hilton will possess the RAC ‘em Up, Double Move Elite, and Route Technician abilities. It is worth noting that this upgrade will not be included in existing Franchises; it will only occur in Franchises created after this game update.

    Continue on to see the blog from EA SPORTS detailing this game update. ...
    by Published on 09-03-2019 03:00 PM
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    September's Madden NFL 20 game update is now available and adds in a new mode, Superstar KO.

    Superstar KO is a quick mode that allows users to customize their roster and play style in competing either solo or in squads online. Each team gets one drive from their own 25 yard line to score and stop their opponent. Whomever scores the most points wins, but in the case of a tie the game will then decided via Tug of War. View the Superstar KO developer's blog here.

    This update also adds two new abilities: New Pat Tillman Superstar X-Factor Ability and New Superstar Kick Return Ability. Other aspects of the update include updated player likenesses and fixes/improvements to gameplay, presentation, and MUT. View full details of the game update here.

    Continue on to see the Superstar KO press release from EA SPORTS and a look at Tug of War utilized to determine the winner. After you've tried the mode, let us know your results and thoughts on the mode here. ...
    by Published on 08-29-2019 07:22 PM
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    Think you know who will win each week in college football? Prove it in the annual TGT College Pick 'Em group on ESPN.com.

    Every week throughout the college football season, ESPN will select 10 evenly matched games. It's then up to you to do your research (or go with your gut) and select the winners of these games while also ranking them from 1-10 based on your confidence level.

    The winner (who must be in good standing at TGT to claim their prize) will receive their choice a free game, MSRP of $60 or less. It is free to enter, so feel welcome to invite family and friends.

    Continue on to see more info. ...
    by Published on 08-26-2019 09:00 PM
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    NBA 2K20 continues their game reveal by detailing the numerous changes and improvements coming to MyTEAM.

    Among the improvements: Card Evolution (special cards that can be upgraded), redesigned Triple Threat, daily login prizes, prize wheel, Today in MyTEAM (Limited Time Events & The Agenda), new Ball Drop Prizing, Community Hub, Positional Restrictions, and more. The blog also gives the first info on some of the collections coming to MyTEAM in 2K20.

    Continue on to read the developer blog and see the MyTEAM trailer. ...
    by Published on 08-20-2019 08:00 PM
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    Game update 1.10 is now available for Madden NFL 20.

    This update is sizable, adding Superstar abilities to offensive linemen, adding Pass Block Double Team mechanic to pre-play, updated player and coach likenesses, franchise fixes, presentation updates, and more.

    Continue on to see full details of this update. ...
    by Published on 08-18-2019 08:30 PM
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    At 1 PM CT Monday afternoon, gamescom's Opening Night Live will be available to watch via stream from Cologne, Germany.

    Hosted by Geoff Keighley, there will be world premieres and game info from the following studios: 2K, Activision, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bungie, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Google Stadia, Koch Media/Deep Silver, Private Division, Sega, Square Enix, Sony Interactive Entertainment, THQ Nordic GmbH, Ubisoft, Xbox Game Studios, as well as announcements from independent game studios.

    Known reveals and premieres include Need for Speed Heat gameplay from EA, Illfonic debuting Predator: Hunting Grounds gameplay, Kojima will give exclusive previews into Death Stranding, and Microsoft will have an exclusive look at Gears 5 gameplay.

    Continue on to see the gamescom Opening Night Live stream. ...
    by Published on 08-14-2019 03:00 PM
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    Game update 1.09 is now available for Madden NFL 20. This game update does not include gameplay, presentation, or PC aspects; but rather focuses on stability and usability issues. Improvements in those game areas will come in future title updates.

    Continue on to see the update notes courtesy of EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-08-2019 02:00 PM
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    NBA 2K20 will include the WNBA as both Play Now and Season Mode options.

    Among the players mo-capped for 2K20 were Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, Amaya Valdemoro Madariaga, and Maite Cazorla. The development team focused on specific AI, playbooks, and defensive schemes for each WNBA team as well as player specific details such as tattoos, shorts length, shoes, hairstyles, faces, and more.

    One year ago, Parker was a member of the 'NBA LIVE Squad,' presumably paid to help market LIVE 19's female create-a-player feature. Now it would seem she is part of 2K's marketing efforts. After adding the WNBA as part of Play Now in NBA LIVE 18 and female CAP in 19, it is worth watching to see if or how the WNBA expands in NBA LIVE 20 or if 2K20 will surpass EA's efforts in just one edition.

    Continue on to see the WNBA reveal trailer and excerpts of the developer blog. ...
    by Published on 07-30-2019 05:22 PM
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    Today's financial report from Electronic Arts has disclosed that NBA LIVE 20 will be moving from its original and traditional Q2 FY20 release window to Q3, meaning it will be released after October 1. For comparison's sake, NBA 2K20 will be released on September 6, 2019 and NBA LIVE 19 launched September 7, 2018. The move may be one to get the title out of NBA 2K20's launch tsunami, allowing LIVE 20 to get some attention of its own.

    Polygon reached out to EA and received the following statement: “We’re planning a different approach to NBA LIVE this year, and will have more to share in the quarter ahead.” ...

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