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    by Published on 06-21-2018 08:15 PM
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    A developer blog and Twitch stream highlights the presentation changes and improvements coming to Madden NFL 19.

    Presentation improvements are highlighted by the addition of additional stadium exteriors and points of interest, 3D broadcast graphics, improved pregame and halftime flows, updated halftime show, two new replay camera views (Orbital and Overhead), and commentary call-back stories.

    Continue on to read the blog from Sr. Game Designer Greg Heddlesten and an archive of the presentation Twitch stream from EA GameChanger 'MillsGamingTV.' ...
    by Published on 05-31-2018 02:00 PM
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    The first look at Madden Ultimate Team improvements in M19 has been released via a blog written by Associate Producer Jake Stein.

    This year MUT focuses on streamlining the player upgrade process by in part improving the UI, allowing the user to select player Chemistry, and added Solo Battles and Squads Challenges, among other changes including the long desired removal of the the contract system.

    A noteworthy addition that will be found in gameplay throughout all modes are the additions of seven new specialist positions. These are: Rush Right/Left Defensive End, Rush Defensive Tackle, Slot Cornerback, Sub Linebacker, Power Half Back, and Slot Wide Receiver,

    Continue on to read the blog entry from Jake Stein. ...
    by Published on 05-25-2018 01:00 PM
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    Just ahead of EA Play on June 9, EA SPORTS has begun the news release and marketing campaign for Madden NFL 19 today by releasing the first game info, the Hall of Fame Cover, and release dates.

    Gracing the cover of the Hall of Fame Edition of the game will be Terrell Owens, a 2018 HOF inductee. Despite spending most of his career as a 49er, Owens will grace the HOF edition as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. The cover athlete for the standard edition will be announced at a later date.

    This year the game will release in early August. More specifically, August 2 for EA Access members, HOF Edition on August 7, and the Standard Edition on August 10. The move extends Madden away from a busy fall release calendar and titles such as NBA 2K19, Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefield V, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

    The official press release from EA SPORTS and the Madden NFL 19 website provide the first M19 game details. Among the noted features: Real Player Motion Technology, selection of schemes and the ability to create Custom Draft Classes in Franchise Mode, and Player Upgrades and MUT Solo Battles in Madden Ultimate Team.

    The next release of M19 game info will come on Monday, May 28 with information on improvements coming to Madden Ultimate Team. Continue on to read the official press release from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 05-03-2018 07:00 PM
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    Via his Twitter account, Rex Dickson has announced he has left his role of Creative Director on the Madden NFL franchise.

    In his statement, Dickson stated his decision was made after many discussions with other leaders on the team and it provided the franchise a chance to go "in a new direction." In addition he will not be ...
    by Published on 03-19-2018 11:00 AM
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    Game update 1.13 is now available for Madden NFL 18 and addresses the Target Passing Exploit that has emerged during the course of the year.

    Fixed Target Passing Exploit – added additional logic so only the intended receiver can catch the ball when using Target Passing. ...
    by Published on 02-27-2018 12:00 PM
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    Madden NFL 18 game update 1.12 is now available and fixes the broken trade meter in Franchise Mode that emerged following a previous game update.

    From EA: We are aware of the inconvenience this has caused for our franchise players and thanks to your feedback we have been able to implement a fix for the trade meter. ...
    by Published on 02-09-2018 02:30 PM
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    The February title update is now available for Madden NFL 18.

    This update focuses on addressing gameplay issues while also adding in Ultimate League content to Madden Ultimate Team.

    Continue on to see the full patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-29-2018 12:00 PM
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    The EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 Super Bowl LII prediction calls for the New England Patriots to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-20 and repeat as Super Bowl champions.

    The prediction calls for NE WR Danny Amendola to put the Patriots ahead on a fourth quarter score and for DB Stefon Gilmore to record a pass break-up late to preserve the victory. The simulation also predicts NE QB Tom Brady to win MVP honors.

    Continue on to see the Super Bowl LII simulation and prediction courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-09-2018 12:00 PM
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    The January Madden NFL 18 title update is now available.

    Game update 1.09 addresses issues that have arose during the course of previous game updates such as over-effective fake-outs, AI ball-carriers not executing special moves, and a kickoff exploit.

    Continue on to see the title update notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 12-11-2017 05:00 PM
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    Madden NFL 18's December Title Update (1.08) adds 'Audibles on the Fly,' fixes Franchise Play Call screen lag, and improves online stability.

    Audibles on the Fly allows users to change any formation audible from the Play Call screen during the game. It will also add Custom Audibles to MUT for the first time.

    Additional gameplay improvements include additional performance penalties when using defensive players on offense, defenders with the Disciplined penalty trait will not jump offsides when Pass Rush Coach Adjustment is set to Balanced, and an issue around facemask penalties triggering when the Strip Ball Coach Adjustment was set to Conservative has been fixed.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 11-03-2017 12:30 PM
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    Game update 1.06 is now available for Madden NFL 18.

    This update includes support for the Xbox One X, gameplay improvements (including pass accuracy tuning), as well as fixes for Franchise, MUT Squads, and more.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 10-09-2017 11:00 AM
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    The Day 30 Update (update 1.04) is now available for Madden NFL 18. The update is considerable in size and scope, adding in new game features, as well as Franchise, gameplay, and visual authenticity improvements.

    Continue on to read the lengthy patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 09-06-2017 09:00 AM
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    The Day 15 update (1.02) is now available for Madden NFL 18 as the development team worked to release it early with Hurricane Irma taking aim at the state of Florida.

    The update adds in HDR Support, but more importantly addresses some gameplay issues and concerns such as increased 'break on throw' reactions in zone coverage, decreased effectiveness of Ball Carrier special moves, increased pass rush when QB holds the ball for longer times in the pocket, and more.

    Continue on to read the full update notes courtesy MUTHEAD. ...
    by Published on 08-10-2017 11:00 AM
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    EA SPORTS has shared details on Play Now Live and Franchise Mode improvements coming to Madden NFL 18.

    Play Now Live allows users to jump into the season at any point with rosters and stats accurate to that point. Simple Season allows users to continue the year and decide how in-depth they want to be with team management. Users can also begin their franchise at any point in this season.

    Franchise Mode does not sport any singular major addition or significant area of focus, but rather a bevy of community requested or smaller improvements. Some of these improvements/additions include a customizable draft board, improved franchise commentary, and significant tuning in numerous areas.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-28-2017 11:00 AM
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    Coaching Adjustments, a popular feature from the NCAA Football franchise, will be coming to Madden NFL 18. The feature will be very similar, but with some additions and updates since we saw it last.

    One of the bigger additions is another highly requested community request, Cornerback Matchups. Users now have the ability to select from one of five ways for their CBs to be assigned to WRs: By Overall, By Speed, By Height, By Route Running, or By Depth Chart.

    In addition, the CPU will also utilize the Coaching Adjustments feature in specific situations.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS on the new Coaching Adjustments feature. ...
    by Published on 07-28-2017 10:00 AM
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    Madden NFL Designer and former NFL offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg has authored a new blog on some of the new features and highlights coming to blocking in Madden NFL 18.

    Some of the new features include ID the Mike, Offensive Line Unit Awareness, and a bevy of tuning and improvements to blocking logic.

    ID the Mike is a risk/reward mechanic that allows users to identify the Mike linebacker or who the fifth target of the offensive line should be. Offensive Line Unit Awareness will see your O-Line play above their ratings in recognizing and picking up blitzes, led by the awareness rating of your center.

    Continue on to read full details on the blocking improvements coming to Madden NFL 18 in the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2017 10:11 AM
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    EA SPORTS has posted a new Madden NFL 18 blog detailing some of the top community requests from M17 and how they addressed them for M18.

    Some of the highlights include: injuries away from the ball (including linemen), 'Ballhawk' now a timing-based skill, elimination of the 'Swerve' technique, improved fumble recoveries, size & weight more important in determining Hit Stick and impact block outcomes, and slower players less likely to catch faster players, among other numerous improvements.

    This blog is one of the best and most-welcome for Madden NFL 18 thus far in the pre-release cycle and ALL sports games should do something similar. Sometimes the biggest improvement(s) to the game for many in the community is just improving and addressing concerns and issues from the previous iteration, so learning about these changes now should only bolster and boost community anticipation for the title.

    Continue on to see the lengthy blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 06:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has posted the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18 and three blogs detailing specific areas of gameplay imrpovement coming to the title: the new target passing mechanic, new WR/DB interactions, and three selectable gameplay style options (arcade, sim, and competitive).

    The new target passing mechanic adds an additional level of control by letting players see exactly where the pass will go and lead/deliver it with precision. The new WR/DB interactions essentially incorporate a new mini-game within gameplay featuring a bevy of new mechanics and options, and the three gameplay style options to let users select what type of experience they aim for when playing a game of Madden NFL 18.

    Click the following links to read the specific gameplay blogs for the new target passing mechanic, new WR/DB interactions, and gameplay style options.

    Continue on to see the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18. ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 02:00 PM
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    During EA Play 2017, Madden NFL 18 revealed "Longshot", the first story mode to be a part of the Madden NFL franchise.

    Longshot is led by an impressive cast: J.R. Lemon (The Night Shift) as Devin Wade, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, House of Cards, Moonlight) as his father Cutter Wade, Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) as his friend Colt Cruse, and Dan Marino (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) who will serve as Devin's mentor. It also includes Chad Ochocinco and NFL coaches & players.

    In development for the last four years, the mode will play out as an interactive movie with influence from the Telltale Games series. There is no hub or in-mode interface for users, but rather the player will go straight from cutscene(s) to gameplay. Users will play high school, college, combine, 7v7, et al. but will not play as Wade in an NFL game. Once the mode ends, users will receive rewards and content for use in Madden Ultimate Team.

    Worth noting in the trailer is the inclusion of college football teams, namely the Oregon Ducks and Texas Longhorns. As of this time, it is unknown if additional college teams will be the mode and if the user will be able to spend significant time playing as either.

    (Sidenote: How or why did EA pick these two schools? Neither the Longhorns or Ducks are represented by the Collegiate Licensing Company. Texas left the CLC in 2005 and signed a ten-year deal with 289c Apparel as their official master licensee for retail needs. Oregon signed a seven-year partnership with Fermata Partners to serve as the University’s first-ever trademark licensing agency in 2014. This leads to a series of questions of which we may never know the answer: Did part of the NCAA Football settlement restrict deals between EA & the CLC? Is it easier to reach a deal with schools not part of the CLC? Is there bad blood between EA and the CLC? Does this begin the road towards the return of NCAA Football and college gaming?)

    Continue on to see the Longshot trailer and cast descriptions. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2017 10:30 AM
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    EA SPORTS has announced that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the cover athlete for the standard and G.O.A.T. editions of Madden NFL 18, set to launch in late August. The G.O.A.T. Edition will allow users to play the game three days early and will also include a bevy of Madden Ultimate Teams perks and bonuses.

    Brady also addressed the much-discussed 'Madden Curse,' in not one, but two videos on his Facebook account.

    Continue on to read the official press release from EA SPORTS. ...
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