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    by Published on 08-03-2020 03:20 AM
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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 12:53 PM
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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 06-30-2020 03:32 AM
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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. ...
    by Published on 06-30-2020 03:00 AM
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    Today, EA SPORTS revealed some of the improvements coming to Face of the Franchise mode in Madden NFL 21 (current gen). In M21, players will begin their journey in high school before attempting to make the NFL Hall of Fame.

    In high school, users can customize their school name, city, and mascot. From there, users will select from one of ten FBS programs to sign with. The ten college programs users can select from are: Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and USC. Users will be able to play two seasons, but will have an ultimatum regarding their position made by the head coach following their first season. (It is unclear how the two seasons will play out given the limited number of schools.)

    The NFL Combine will allow users to improve draft stock with the 40-yard dash as well as a 'pivotal' press conference. Once in the NFL, there will be numerous storylines that will alter your journey and potential path to Hall of Famer.

    Continue on to read the official blog from EA SPORTS, but note that it contains spoilers for the storylines within the mode. ...
    by Published on 06-16-2020 02:00 AM
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    Today, EA SPORTS revealed the first look and info on Madden NFL 21, coming in late August. The official reveal trailer disclosed some of the new features/improvements coming to the game, including the Skill Stick, new Pass Rush Moves mechanic and implementation, and Location-Based Tackles.

    The official press release mentions Face of the Franchise: Rise to Fame, 50 new Superstar X-Factor abilities, Live Playbooks 2.0, a new season of Ultimate Team content, and other new features.

    A deeper look at gameplay is expected on June 25 in a Twitch livestream with Gameplay Developer Clint Oldenburg and an ensuing blog. Another look at the game is expected June 18 during EA Play Live. ...
    by Published on 02-20-2020 07:00 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 10:10 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 01-10-2020 05:42 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 10-03-2019 08:00 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 09-11-2019 06:00 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 02:00 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 08-20-2019 07:00 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 08-14-2019 02:00 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 05-23-2019 01:27 PM
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    [CENTER][center] This week's Madden NFL 20 developer livestream focused again on gameplay. This second gameplay stream took a closer look at playbooks, RPOs, and more.

    Continue on to watch the livestream and check back afterwards for the archived stream as well as the TGT Recap. ...
    by Published on 05-15-2019 09:31 PM
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    The latest Madden NFL 20 developer livestream focuses on improvements and changes coming to Madden Ultimate Team.

    Continue on to watch the archived livestream as well as checking out the TGT Recap. ...
    by Published on 05-09-2019 04:52 PM
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    The latest Madden NFL 20 dev stream provided the first look at gameplay in the title, showcasing the new Superstar X-Factor feature, player signature animations, and more.

    Check out the dev stream below, complete with the TGT Recap. ...
    by Published on 05-02-2019 01:00 PM
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    The first Madden NFL 20 dev stream provided a look at a new mode coming to the game, Face of the Franchise: QB1, as well as information on some of the improvements coming to Franchise Mode.

    Continue on to see an archive of the stream as well as the TGT Recap. ...
    by Published on 04-25-2019 10:25 PM
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    As part of tonight's Madden NFL 20 cover athlete reveal, EA SPORTS also announced the new mode 'Face of the Franchise: QB1' and the inclusion of the College Football Playoff and ten college football programs.

    This new mode is being labeled as a career campaign centered around the user. Players will create a quarterback that they can then compete in the College Football Playoff en route to being drafted and entering the NFL.

    The ten programs that users can select to place their created quarterback are Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Southern Cal, Texas, and Texas Tech.

    Following the cancellation of the NCAA Football franchise in 2013, Madden NFL 18's Longshot mode was the first to include any form of college football with users playing as Texas versus Oregon in Darrell K. Royal Stadium. With M20 adding the College Football Playoff and ten total programs, could EA SPORTS be planning an eventual return to college football gaming? At the very least, it would seem that the company has realized including college football in Madden - and making it one of their first major marketing announcements - is a selling point for the product. ...
    by Published on 04-25-2019 07:00 PM
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    Chiefs quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes has been announced as the Madden NFL 20 cover athlete, available August 2.

    The cover reveal also included the announcement of Face of the Franchise: QB1, a new career campaign mode. In it, users will create a quarterback that they can place on one of ten colleges to compete in the College Football Playoff, participate in the NFL Combine, and hope to leave their mark in the National Football League.


    As part of their streaming schedule, on May 2 the M20 development team will share details on the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 mode and also on Franchise Mode improvements, including the new Scenario Engine.


    Continue on to read the press release from EA SPORTS as well some of the first game details and information. ...
    by Published on 02-26-2019 11:00 AM
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    The February title update for Madden NFL 19 is now available.

    Among the items included in this update: Additional logging to track online desyncs, reduced effectiveness of Aggressive Catches in traffic, and additional improvements to Cover 4 Quarters Trips logic, among others.

    While EA states that the actual number of desyncs is low, they recognize the issue has occurred during online competitions and must be solved to preserve the competitive format.

    Continue on to read the full details of the February title update. ...
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