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    by Published on 03-03-2021 05:00 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    The final update to Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 21 is set to arrive on Thursday, March 4 and ahead of its arrival, EA has released full patch notes.

    An overview of improvements include: League History, Trade Logic & Player Value Improvements, Draft Pick values, Team Philosophy Value Differences, Player Value Modifiers, and QB-Specific Value Improvements.

    Also included in the notes is a video from Madden EP Seann Graddy reiterating that Franchise Mode will be an area of focus for the title heading forward. In the background is believed to be a look at some changes coming to the mode in Madden NFL 22, namely redesigned goals and focus assigned to the HC, OC, DC, and Player Personnel.

    Continue on to see the M22 Franchise Mode tease as well as the details on M21's final Franchise Mode update. ...
    by Published on 02-27-2021 02:00 AM
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    2. Tailgate Podcast,
    3. EA SPORTS College Football
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    In this edition of the TGT Podcast, @cdj80 and @JBHuskers discuss the issue of some schools currently opting out of EA SPORTS College Football. Should fans be concerned?

    Follow the link to watch the Video Podcast and share your thoughts on the show along with future topics. ...
    by Published on 02-22-2021 05:30 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS College Football
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    When EA SPORTS announced that EA SPORTS College Football was in development on February 2, they stated that over 100 schools were on-board at that time. However, today one of the remaining holdouts, Notre Dame, has announced they will not participate in the game until players can be rewarded for name/image/likeness (NIL) usage.

    While the initial news that a traditional power in college football with not be included in the title is discouraging, keep in mind that the game is years away from release and NIL rules/legislation could be established in the meantime. Such a proper agreement for player NIL usage would likely see the Irish return to the title.

    However, we do not expect Notre Dame to be the only school taking this stance and this may lead to more of the holdouts making their stance publicly known sooner than later. ...
    by Published on 02-16-2021 05:15 AM
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    2. Tailgate Podcast,
    3. EA SPORTS College Football
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    After a brief hiatus, the TGT Podcast returns - but now as the TGTCast! In this episode, cdj and JBHuskers discuss the return of EA SPORTS College Football.


    Follow the link to watch the Video Podcast and share your thoughts on the show along with future topics. ...
    by Published on 02-10-2021 04:30 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS College Football
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    Courtesy the Orlando Sentinel and coming as no surprise, EA SPORTS College Football will be developed at EA Tiburon, the home of Madden NFL and where NCAA Football was also produced. However, before full-fledged production can begin, EA will be looking to flesh out the College Football development team.

    Its not like we have a group of people just sitting around doing nothing that are waiting to build College Football, [EA COO and CFO Blake] Jorgensen said. Were going to need to grow a team to do that. We think its the right thing to do.

    EA Tiburon is still on track to move from their current studio in Maitland, Florida to a larger studio in downtown Orlando's Creative Village this October. This new studio space could see the current Tiburon employee count grow from 700 to 1,000 by 2025, spearheaded by new projects such as College Football. As part of the move, EA could receive as much as $9 million in tax incentives, and the deal only required the studio to maintain a workforce of 600. Per an EA Tiburon recruiter, College Football job listings will be available and posted "soon" at careers.ea.com.

    Public social media postings by current and former EA employees have revealed that EA currently has College Football development team members "on each coast," presumably at EA Tiburon (Florida) and either EA Redwood Shores or EA Vancouver, and that some developers were already assigned to the project as far back as summer 2020, if not earlier. EA is also currently 'assessing how spread out the team will be;' determining what other studios may be assisting in development. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2021 04:00 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS College Football
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    In just one day of being announced publicly, the official EA SPORTS College Football Twitter page has garnered just over 162,000 followers, showing the demand and hunger fans have for a new college football title.

    Comparing this number to followers for other sports titles puts College Football in the top ten with the possibility of going even higher as actual game information is known along with more fans becoming aware of the title. With the 162K followers in one day, College Football has already surpassed NBA LIVE and is within range of EA SPORTS UFC and Madden Mobile.

    A passion for the title is of no surprise given that, per yesterday's official press release, "the EA SPORTS college football franchise was a consistent top-five sports title in North America during its previous run, generating tens of millions unit sales from 2005-2014." However, this immediate massive following seemed to even catch the official account off-guard as they tweeted a statement later in the day sharing how they are blown away by the fan's passion for the upcoming title.

    Continue on to see the Twitter follower totals for current and former sports gaming video titles. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2021 01:20 AM
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    2. MLB The Show
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    San Diego Studio has announced the Collector's Editions of MLB The Show 21 featuring Jackie Robinson. This will mean that the title is available via four different product SKUs across PlayStation and Microsoft consoles, leading consumers to do their homework before purchasing.

    Each of the three Collector's Editions (Jackie Robinson Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition) will give players four days early access to the game on April 16. The editions also all come with different combinations of in-game perks, with the Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition including two physical items, a New Era MLB The Show 9FIFTY Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition Cap and a Limited Edition Steel Book.

    For every Collector's Edition sold in the United States, PlayStation will donate $1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to establish the JRF MLB The Show Scholars supported by PlayStation Pathways program. Continue on to learn about each of the MLB The Show 21's Collector's Editions. ...
      
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    2. EA SPORTS College Football


    Official Website: Yet to be announced

    Official Social Media Accounts:
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EASPORTSCollege/
    Instagram - easportscollege
    Twitter - EASPORTSCollege

    When does EA SPORTS College Football come out? To be announced.

    Available Consoles: Presumably PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. To be announced/confirmed.

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    * - Credit on team tracking goes to Matt Brown, Nathan Bond (USF)


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    by Published on 02-02-2021 05:00 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS
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    EA SPORTS has officially announced that EA SPORTS College Football is in development, marking the studio's return to college football gaming after the NCAA Football franchise's cancellation in 2013.

    ESPN has some of the first information regarding the franchise's eventual return: "[EA Sports vice president and general manager Daryl] Holt said there is not a date on when the game will return or even a date when the return will be announced other than it won't be coming back for this year."

    The company has been working with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) to attain rights to the FBS schools, traditions, uniforms, and playbooks. As of the article's publishing, over 100 schools are planned for inclusion in the game. Until name, image, and likeness (NIL) licensing is resolved by the NCAA, the game will go ahead without real player rosters. Holt added that the current focus for the title will be on the "FBS Division I schools and the road to the College Football Playoff and college football championship." ...
    by Published on 02-01-2021 03:00 AM
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    2. MLB The Show
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    Featuring cover athlete Fernando Tatis Jr., MLB The Show 21 will launch on April 20 on PS4, PS5 and - for the first time - Xbox One and Xbox Series X. With the expansion to the Xbox family of consoles also comes cross-platform play.

    Some of the known feature set and improvements include RTTS players being playable in other game modes, Franchise and March to October mode updates, gameplay styles and onboarding for new players, all-new legends, and cross-platform play.


    Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions of the game will retail for $69.99 while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will retail for $59.99.

    Continue on to see the first game and feature info courtesy the product listing at GameStop (GME). ...
    by Published on 01-06-2021 09:44 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Arriving this month will be the second of three major Franchise Mode updates for all console versions of Madden NFL 21.

    One of the major additions is improved CPU QB draft logic. Now, CPU teams will have improved logic when considering drafting a quarterback in the first round. CPU teams will evaluate their roster and draft picks of the previous two years to prevent them from replacing players too soon.

    New commissioner control features include the ability to undo Free Agent signings (offseason only), the ability to assign autopilot during the draft, Play Cool-Down and Repeat Play Limits, and X-Factor Customization Restrictions. Other areas of focus include Trade Logic Improvement (more details coming in a future blog) and Franchise League History, which will allow users to review Super Bowl and award winners from each year in the franchise.


    The third update will arrive in March. Continue on to see the full details of the upcoming Franchise Mode improvements. ...
    by Published on 01-01-2021 08:09 AM
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    2. NCAA Football 14
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    A significant update to 'CFB Revamped' has brought updated UI, scorebug, menus, playcall screen, and loading screens to NCAA Football 14 that match this season's ESPN branding.

    CFB Revamped helps keep NCAA Football 14 as current as possible with "updated jerseys, helmets, pants, fields, gloves, logos," and even teams as it has added Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.

    What is CFB Revamped? CFB Revamped is an update to NCAA Football ...
    by Published on 09-24-2020 11:00 PM
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    Join the 2020 TGT College Pick 'Em group on ESPN.com!

    Group Name: The Gaming Tailgate

    Here's how the game works: Every week throughout the college football season, we 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.

    For example, if you correctly pick the winner of your most confident game, you receive 10 points. On the other hand, winning the game you feel least confident about is only worth one point. Any time you lose a game, no points are awarded - so be careful which ones you declare as your most confident. Good luck on all your picks this fall.


    Get in the action now!

    The winner (who must be in good standing at TGT to claim their prize) will receive a game of their choosing (MSRP $60 or less). It is free to enter, so feel welcome to invite family and friends. ...
    by Published on 09-03-2020 04:00 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    The Madden NFL 21 development team has laid out details of the first of three planned Franchise Mode updates coming to the game. The dev blog states that the team aims to ensure all of the Franchise Mode updates do not require users to restart their Franchise in order to benefit from the update.

    The first update is tentatively scheduled for release in mid-November and aims to include X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization, Player Card Career Stats UI, Dev Trait Regression Tuning, and a visual Playoff Bracket.

    Continue on to see the full blog entry from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-31-2020 04:00 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Details of the first two game updates for Madden NFL 21 are now available.

    The first game update became available on August 28 and focused primarily on stability updates, bug fixes, and correcting team details for Buffalo and Washington.

    The second update will go live around the start of the NFL season on September 10. This update begins to address meatier issues such as gameplay aspects including pass rush, defensive coverage, tackling, throwing out of sacks, and blocking. There are also updates to the game's mode of focus, Ultimate Team, as well as The Yard and Superstar KO.

    Also around September 10, the Madden NFL dev team will publish a blog detailing their current plans and timing for the first of three planned Franchise mode updates.

    Continue on to see the entire details of the first two Madden NFL 21 game updates. ...
    by Published on 08-13-2020 04:00 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Madden NFL 21 will feature 'The Yard,' which is similar to modes in other EA SPORTS franchises including LIVE Run (NBA LIVE), Chel (NHL), and VOLTA (FIFA). 'The Yard' features 6v6 ironman football with over the top gameplay including double passes, laterals, multi-snap, 'one-timer,' and a special scoring system. Users can create their custom player and develop their own set Prototype (play style), X-Factor, Abilities, and Skills. The mode can be played solo or as part of squads.

    The Yard: Underground is currently available in Madden NFL 21 Mobile to give users a headstart with Rep & Madden Rank, Earned Currency (Cred), Avatar, and Gear Collection being shared between mobile and console once the account is linked. To begin the year, there will be over 2,000 individual pieces of gear for users to acquire.


    At launch, there will be four different venues for users to select from: Miami Port, Lambeau Tailgate, F.O.B. Nico, and Brandenburg Football Festival. The developer blog stated that throughout the year, EA will be updating 'The Yard' with new Prototypes, new venues, new players (teammates), and more gear.

    Click here to read the entire blog entry from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-03-2020 04:20 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    One month ago, underwhelming Franchise Mode additions to Madden NFL 21 left the community frustrated and taking to Twitter, leading to #FixMaddenFranchise becoming the top trending topic on the social media website. Days later, EA emerged to post a video stating that they heard the cry from the community.

    Today, the Madden NFL development team began to lay out some tentative future plans for the Franchise Mode. In M21, post launch support plans to focus on: Tuning, Commissioner Tools, AI Personnel Management, Playoff & Super Bowl presentation, X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization, Career Stats UI, Trade Logic, Retirement UI, & Playoffs Update. In M22, the team is creatively exploring Coaching and Staff Management, Scouting improvements, new scenario engine enhancements, new team chemistry system, Commissioner Tools improvements, & more content, such as Rebranding/Relocation Assets for Franchise.

    However, the blog leaves a few questions by the community that will likely never be answered. Would there be little to no Franchise Mode additions had there been no community outcry? Or were some of these requests (all known and largely requested by the community for years) already in the works and simply being presented as a #FixMaddenFranchise response? Why was Franchise Mode not led by some of the dev team's "most-passionate Franchise voices" previously? In recent years, the mode had a Senior Designer dedicated to it as well as a team helping to support it in Austin, Texas. What is their current role and influence over the mode that has left many fans underwhelmed the last few years? Why did it take social media outrage for the team to publicly acknowledge long-standing Franchise Mode community feedback?

    Continue on to read excerpts from today's blog. ...
    by Published on 07-02-2020 01:53 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Following Tuesday night's disappointing Madden NFL 21 (PS4/XB1) blog detailing limited updates coming to 'Classic Franchise' mode, the hashtag #FixMaddenFranchise became the top trend on Twitter. Fans took to social media to voice their displeasure, if not disgust, that the mode is seemingly receiving nothing more than a limited patch update this fall.

    Thursday, the franchise's Executive Producer recorded a video for Twitter via the game's official Twitter account to inform fans that the development team is working on plans to bolster support for Franchise mode in M21 and beyond.

    While it is a positive first step in seeing EA acknowledge the community's disappointment, fans will need to see action and results. They have heard how important EA feels they are for years, only for a major mode to not receive any highly requested community-based features.

    The fact that EA thought they could release a minimally improved Franchise mode at the launch of M21 indicates the need for them to review how they receive, implement, and value community feedback. The Madden Franchise mode community has been very vocal for years in providing detailed feedback. If the development team needs to review tweets and trending topics for ideas/feedback, it is clear they have not been listening to or respecting the Franchise community.

    This is likely a side effect of Madden NFL 20 being the 'most successful game in franchise history' as it set franchise records for pre-orders and monthly average players, as well as seeing a 30% increase in unique players versus M19. M20 set these records with a focus on X-Factors, Ultimate Team, and Superstar KO mode. With a record-setting year, it seems same to assume M21 will build on those modes/aspects as well.

    Graddy's video also raises some questions: Will the Holiday 2020 launch of next-gen Madden NFL 21 see the same version of Franchise mode as current-gen? Or did Franchise mode resources go into the PS5/XBX version of the title and EA cannot disclose it at this time as they wish to focus marketing on current-gen? That would be a better alternative than EA not improving Franchise in either current or next-gen versions of the game. Time will tell on these questions. ...
    by Published on 07-02-2020 03:55 AM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    2K Sports has revealed the three cover athletes for NBA 2K21: Damian Lillard (PS4/XB1 Standard Edition - $60), Zion Williamson (PS5/XBX Standard Edition - $70), and Kobe Bryant (Mamba Forever versions of each console - $100).

    The current-gen version of the game will be released on September 4, 2020. The next-gen version will be a launch title for the new consoles, but no release date has been disclosed at this time. All versions are currently available to pre-order.

    Unlike other companies, it does not appear that 2K will be providing a free upgrade to the new consoles for users who buy 2K21 on current gen. Only those who buy the Mamba Forever version will receive the standard edition of the game on the other console generation.

    No game features or news have been revealed at this time, but 2K has stated that to 'bridge the two versions of the game' NBA 2K21 will feature MyTEAM Cross-Progression and a Shared VC Wallet within the same console family (PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X). 2K states in official notes and graphics that the next-gen game has been built from the ground up and will include 'new gameplay features and expanded game modes.'

    It's also worth noting that NBA 2K21 will retail on the next-gen consoles for $70, increasing by $10 over the current MSRP for most titles. Will this change your game buying habits for the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

    Continue on to see the official press release from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 06-30-2020 04:32 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Attached to the bottom of today's Franchise Updates blog, EA SPORTS announced the 'updates' coming to Classic Franchise mode (current gen).

    While many Franchise mode fans tried to be optimistic, they found the updates to read as little more than patch notes. Some of the first items highlighted on the blog entry included new X-Factors, the expanded Wild Card Playoff round, updated rookie contract amounts, among others.

    #FixMaddenFranchise was a trending topic late Tuesday evening on Twitter. Some of the disappointment stemmed from an April 2019 Game Informer article entitled 'Madden NFL 20 Makes A Recommitment To Franchise Mode.' At the end of that article, Creative Director Michael Young stated: Franchise has come back to being a big focus on the game and it will continue to be. We just want to add this rich depth and immersion to it so we're starting to think about it more like a sports RPG. Fans expected to see the depth and immersion, but instead were left with numerous bug fixes instead of new features.

    The new branding of 'Classic Franchise' also raises some questions. Has this change been made to differentiate it from Face of the Franchise or will 'Franchise' be the mode's naming for next-gen Madden, launching this fall? How different will next-gen Franchise mode be - if at all?

    Continue on to read the list of Classic Franchise updates coming to Madden NFL 21. ...
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