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    by Published on 04-19-2022 12:00 AM
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    It's currently spring football season for many college football programs around the country.

    What aspects of spring football would you like to see incorporated into EA SPORTS College Football?

    Share your thoughts & ideas with us and we'll use them in an upcoming TGT Podcast. ...
    by Published on 03-11-2022 09:22 PM
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    March Madness is upon us and that means it is time for the 2022 TGT Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com. It is free to join the group and the winner of the Tournament Challenge group will receive their choice of either a $20 PSN, XBL, or Nintendo card.

    Feel free to invite friends and family to join the group. The more, the merrier! Click here for a direct link to the Tournament Challenge group.

    In addition to the Men's Tournament Challenge group, there is also a TGT group for the Women's Tournament Challenge. There is no prize for that group, simply pride. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2022 03:40 AM
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    The March update for Madden NFL 22 is now available. This update features the much awaited - and debated - second update for Franchise Mode, Coach Adjustments and Coverage Depths added to Practice Mode, a Live Playbooks update, and more.

    The second live service update for Franchise Mode includes five new Scenarios: Trench Boost, QB Duel, Immovable Object, Under Siege, and QB Breakouts.

    In early December, Sports Gamers Online reported that sources had indicated to them that any future Franchise Mode updates were cancelled as portions of the Madden dev team had been shifted to work on EA SPORTS College Football. In turn, EA turned to IGN in releasing a statement that they were still committed to Franchise Mode and would be releasing two additional Franchise updates.

    Continue on to read the blog notes straight from EA. ...
    by Published on 02-09-2022 06:50 PM
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    Per Matt Brown, the three newest FBS programs (Sam Houston, Jacksonville State, and James Madison) will be in EA SPORTS College Football along with accurate stadiums renderings for each respective program.

    James Madison will be a part of the Sun Belt starting in 2022, while Jacksonville State and Sam Houston will be joining Conference USA in 2023. It is rumored, but not confirmed, that EA SPORTS College Football will release in summer 2023. ...
    by Published on 01-10-2022 03:15 AM
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    Madden NFL 22's Campus Legends mode returns from January 14-31 and brings in two new schools: Alabama and Ohio State.

    The addition of these two programs is noteworthy as neither had been included to date as part of the colleges within Madden NFL's Face of the Franchise mode. This is an encouraging sign for their inclusion in EA SPORTS College Football.

    Continue on to see the rosters for Alabama and Ohio State. Rosters for the schools previously part of Campus Legends can be found here. ...
    by Published on 12-12-2021 01:54 AM
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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.

    Continue on to see the full bowl schedule and discussion.
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    by Published on 12-08-2021 05:19 PM
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    During the Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, the Collegiate Licensing Company's CEO Cory Moss stated that releasing EA SPORTS College Football in the summer of 2023 is the "hope." This date matches an earlier rumor according to Darren Rovell and also according to documents obtained by Matt Brown's Extra Points newsletter.

    EA SPORTS would later post a tweet clarifying that they have not released a specific release timeline for the game and will do so at a later date. ...
    by Published on 11-27-2021 08:09 PM   
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    Sports Gamers Online's Mike Straw is reporting that Madden NFL 22 will not be receiving any additional significant post-launch Franchise Mode improvements as a portion of the Madden team has been moved to work on EA SPORTS College Football.

    Straw is also reporting that a source close to the Madden NFL development team has stated devs are "stressed and frustrated" and that "It's not a good place right now." His sources have stated that they know this decision will not be received favorably by the Madden community, especially given how game executives have talked publicly over the last two years that Franchise Mode will be treated as a live service and receive improvements/features throughout the year. The two canceled updates were believed to include a full scouting tree as well as new scenarios.

    It is unknown how many team members shifted to EA SPORTS College Football and also why they were moved. For example, is it to shore up the game before the rumored 2023 launch or is the game behind the development curve?

    Credit to Sports Gamers Online for this story.

    UPDATE - EA has provided a statement to IGN: We do not like to comment on rumors or speculation; however, we are committed to continuing to improve Franchise as a part of our ongoing Madden NFL 22 live service and beyond. This includes two upcoming Franchise updates that we'll deliver in Madden NFL 22. We will have more details on the updates in the new year.

    SGO has also since responded: Myself and the rest of SGO will always stand by our original reporting. There’s no reason for us to not continue to do this moving forward. As an outlet started to help sports gamers improve and to bring them the latest on the games they love, if our reporting leads to positive outcomes for the gaming community, that makes it all worth it. ...
    by Published on 11-10-2021 08:45 PM
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    Could EA SPORTS College Football be headed for a mobile version in addition to consoles? As first noted by GameRant's Oliver VanDervoort, it would appear so.

    Currently listed on Electronic Arts career search website are listings for a Mobile Software Engineer and a Technical Lead for College Football. It is unknown if this unannounced title would be a standalone mobile version of the game or a companion app for the console version or perhaps both. For example, Madden NFL has a standalone mobile game with Madden Mobile as well as a companion app.

    Hat tip: GameRant ...
    by Published on 10-12-2021 02:00 AM
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    The October update is now available for Madden NFL 22 and with it comes the much anticipated new Scouting feature within Franchise Mode.

    Gameplay updates include six new player abilities and also includes improvements to hook zones, curl-flat zones, flat zones, and man coverage alignment/matchups.

    Updated facescans have been added for numerous players including: Trey Lance, Ja'Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle. Also new in the update is a ranked mode for The Yard.

    Continue on to see a Scouting video walkthrough and full details of this game update. ...
    by Published on 09-22-2021 03:11 PM
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    In an exclusive interview with Brian Jones of popculture.com, EA President of Music Steve Schnur gave some very early, but vague, information regarding the soundtrack for EA SPORTS College Football. Some excerpts:

    "I'm a hundred percent on it. I've already been all over it for a couple of months," Schnur told PopCulture. "I can tell you that it will be very different [from] Madden, but it's going to be so awesome because I have had an idea, a concept of what I imagined would be the most amazing college football musical experience. ... But when I pitched the executive producer on this idea, I don't think it took him three seconds to go, 'Go.' And so I can't give you details because I literally, I haven't recorded a note yet, but I can tell you that if we could meet next year, I promise you — I will put a hundred bucks down — you are going to say to me, 'That idea just kicks ass.'

    Read the full article at popculture.com. After reading the article, let us know what you think this new approach might be in the comments below. ...
    by Published on 08-31-2021 03:00 AM
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    Now live within the Superstar KO mode in Madden NFL 22 is a limited-time "Campus Legends" event.

    The “Campus Legends” event features Clemson, Miami, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Oregon, Nebraska, and Michigan State. Rosters for each of the teams can be found here.

    With Alabama being one of the most notable exceptions, it's worth wondering if some missing programs will be added at a later date/event or if they still have concerns licensing their program to the company despite EA SPORTS College Football on the horizon.

    The Campus Legends event in Madden NFL 22 Superstar KO runs from August 31 through September 27. Continue on to read the press release from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-30-2021 07:42 PM
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    College football season is here once again, meaning it's time to join the 2021 TGT College Pick 'Em group on ESPN.com! Click here to join.


    Each week, pick the winner of ten selected match-ups and rank your picks by confidence. The winner of the season long competition will receive a $20 gift card of their choosing. The Pick 'Em is free to join, so all are welcome to invite friends and family as well.

    Continue on for full details on how to join. ...
    by Published on 07-29-2021 08:33 PM
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    2. NCAA Football 14,
    3. EA SPORTS College Football
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    With the SEC adding Oklahoma and Texas in the near future and more conference shake-ups likely, the Custom Conferences feature from NCAA Football may find itself being a necessary addition to the EA SPORTS College Football franchise sooner rather than later.

    In NCAA Football 14, the feature allowed users to move teams among existing conferences (with conference size restrictions), import teambuilder teams, rename divisions, set BCS automatic qualifiers, as well as providing other options for the conference.

    What options/improvements would you like to see in any future version of the Custom Conferences feature in EA SPORTS College Football?

    Share your thoughts and ideas with the community and we'll highlight them in a future edition of The Gaming Tailgate Podcast. ...
    by Published on 07-14-2021 09:12 AM
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    In a press release announcing the inclusion of The Old Course at St Andrews Links in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, the company also revealed that the game will include the fan favorite three-click swing method as well as brand-new swing mechanics that will be detailed in the coming months before the game's scheduled spring 2022 release.

    Excerpt: Inspired by The Open’s rich history and historic 150th championship, EA SPORTS looks to its own long history of making golf video games since 1990 to inspire their next generation golf experience. In addition to playing the Old Course at St Andrews Links, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR players can also look forward to the return of fan favorite gameplay elements such as the three-click swing method which will make its return alongside analog and brand-new swing mechanics which will be detailed further in the coming months.

    Continue on to read the entire press release. ...
    by Published on 06-29-2021 08:25 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    The latest Madden NFL 22 developer deep dive video and blog focuses on Dynamic Gameday - features designed to help make each game feel unique.

    There are three core components of Dynamic Gameday: Gameday Momentum, Gameday Atmosphere, and Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI.

    Gameday Momentum features a Momentum Meter that its perks, M-Factors. M-Factors can be unlocked or taken away depending on the status of the Momentum Meter. Per the dev blog: "M-Factors are team-wide effects that vary between boosting a team’s performance and providing additional challenges to overcome throughout the course of a game. ... The M-Factors that are available in each game will always vary, based on where the game is played or what the elements are so that each game will feel like a different experience." A feature more prominently found in NCAA Football historically, Home Field Advantage, comes to M22. The home team will receive an extra stadium specific M-Factor but it will be the first disabled if the road team gets the momentum first.

    Gameday Atmosphere focuses on improved atmosphere, broadcast, and presentation. This includes new crowd animations and created super fan characters, remastered real crowd audio recordings, as well as improved sideline and organic on-field player reactions. It also features Gameday Conditions, which are modifications to gameplay that will affect each team equally, either as a benefit or detriment.

    Finally, Next Gen Stats - Star-Driven AI will "drive AI behaviors and tendencies at both a player level and team level."

    Continue on to see the Dynamic Gameday Deep Dive video and blog which also contains notes on core gameplay improvements such as improved player movement, tackling, catching, blocking, and more. ...
    by Published on 06-24-2021 01:47 PM
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    3. NCAA Football 14
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    Journalist Ben Baskin and his 'Lost in Sports' podcast has devoted an episode to NCAA Football, focusing on the success of the franchise and also what led to its ultimate end.

    The 40 minute show features clips from former dev team members Jeff Luhr and Dan Baker, as well as Sam Keller and Sonny Vaccaro, whose lawsuits targeted EA Sports claiming improper use of player likenesses.

    Show description: For years, EA Sports produced an extremely popular, and extremely accurate, college football video game— with all the NCAA teams, stadiums, mascots, traditions, and, yes, the actual players. And then it was gone, leaving its cult fanbase enraged and fighting to keep the game alive. Ben explores the NCAA Football video game series, how it was made, why it went away, and how its loss exposed what it really means to be a college athlete.

    Follow the link to listen to the show. ...
    by Published on 06-22-2021 09:30 AM
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    A year ago, a lackluster list of improvements to Madden NFL 21's Franchise Mode led to #FixMaddenFranchise to become one of the top trends on Twitter. In the aftermath of this embarrassment, the Madden NFL development team worked to release post-launch updates to improve the Franchise experience in M21. Heading into Madden NFL 22, the additions and improvements to Franchise Mode have been presented upfront and perhaps as part of the primary focus of the game.

    Some of the big additions include a Coaching Staff (OC, DC, Player Personnel) that can be upgraded through 'Staff Points,' and Talent Trees that provide boosts for each Franchise Staff member. (The Franchise Staff and Talent Tree models appear reminiscent of those similarly found in NCAA Football 14.)

    Planned to arrive in a September update is an improved Scouting system. A deeper look at this system will come on July 19. Other improvements include Weekly Strategy, new Season Engine scenarios, redesigned Franchise Mode hub, tuning and quality of life improvements, among other additions.

    Continue on to see the Franchise Mode trailer, links to Madden developer podcasts, and the Franchise Mode blog. ...
    by Published on 06-17-2021 03:46 PM
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    Madden season has begun as EA SPORTS released the Madden NFL 22 cover athletes, release date(s), and first game feature overview.

    The rumors from early spring proved correct as the M22 MVP Edition will feature Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes as the cover athletes. The Deluxe and MVP Editions will be available on August 17, with the standard version released on August 20. Information on the differences between the pre-order bonuses for the versions can be found here.

    Based on the trailer and early game previews from media, M22 will focus on improved game atmosphere with 'Homefield Advantage' and 'Dynamic Gameday' with the goal of making each game and season unique.

    The first game info also highlighted improvements coming to Franchise Mode, ...
    by Published on 05-17-2021 11:32 AM
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    Ahead of this weekend's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, EA SPORTS has disclosed some early game info that relates to the event.

    The title, currently slated for release in early 2022, will allow users to play for the PGA Championship and win the historic Wanamaker Trophy in the Champion's Ceremony. The game will include the 2021 host course Kiawah Island and the 2022 host course at Southern Hills Country Club.

    The game will also include the "Team of 20" PGA Club Professionals on in-game leaderboards and will also feature in-game tutorials and challenges designed in-part by PGA Education and Player Development Departments. The tutorials and challenges will be designed to help users not only in-game, but also with their golf game in real life. ...

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