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    by Published on 06-29-2021 09:25 AM
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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 02:47 PM
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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 10:30 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 04:46 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 12:32 PM
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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. ...
    by Published on 05-11-2021 11:53 AM
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    Via Twitter, EA has announced that EA Play Live will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2021. This is a month later than EA Play's normal timeframe of mid-June.

    It is expected that this event will showcase upcoming titles and perhaps some reveals. At this time, EA has not shared an itinerary or schedule of games to be presented.

    What games should fans expect to see at EA Play Live? The following slide from Electronic Art's Q4 FY 2021 results provides a potential starting point. (Note the disclaimer of 'announced' fiscal year 22 titles.) Continue on to read more. ...
    by Published on 04-06-2021 09:21 PM
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    Leading up to this year's Masters Tournament, EA SPORTS has announced they are bringing back their PGA TOUR franchise and that the upcoming title will be the exclusive home for Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Road to the Masters will be the only golf game where fans can compete in golf’s four major championships: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship.

    While not confirmed by EA SPORTS, Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Fred Ridley stated that the game is scheduled to be released ahead of next year's Masters Tournament, which will take place April 6-10, 2022.

    The game will be built on the Frostbite engine and utilize "first of its kind aerial scanning to collect millions of data points, previously inaccessible in golf games, to recreate the unparalleled beauty of Augusta National authentically in the game."

    Continue on to see the press release for the return of the franchise and the partnership with Augusta National. ...
    by Published on 03-15-2021 07:50 AM
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    March Madness is upon us and that means it is time for the 2021 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 03-03-2021 05:00 AM
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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 02-22-2021 05:30 AM
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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. ...

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