We are a little less than 3 months away from the annual release of the Madden Football Video Game Series and this year’s edition is sure to have a few new bells and whistles for Franchise Mode users.
This Past Thursday, EAMaddenNFL Twitch Channel, the developers of Madden NFL 20, gave us a first-hand look at what we can expect to see in this year’s franchise mode.
The building block around this year’s Franchise Mode is the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 campaign mode. Players will have the option to create their quarterback and select from up to 10 FCS NCAA Football teams and try to lead their school to a national championship during the College Football Playoffs. From there, the user will enter the NFL Draft Combine to try to build his draft stock. Based off your performance in the College Football Playoffs and Draft Combine, you could see your player take his jersey on center stage at the NFL Draft or watch his name get called from the couch in your story mode.
If you missed this past Thursday’s stream, check out the details for the updates and changes in this year’s Franchise Mode courtesy of the latest EA Madden NFL 20 Blog.
Pro Bowl Returns to Madden NFL 20
The first thing you’ll see while Madden NFL 20 sets up is the Pro Bowl. You can play the pro bowl while the game installs, and you will also have the opportunity to qualify for the Pro Bowl during your Franchise seasons. It’s another opportunity to gain valuable experience and add to your Legacy.
We’ve adjusted the range of ratings that you’ll see on players. What does this mean? As examples:
- The ratings difference between a 90 OVR player and an 89 OVR player is now larger
- Each skill point you spend will be more impactful, and you can earn more skill points over the course of a career
- In some cases, you will now see a starter with an OVR in the mid-50s.
We’ve added an all-new in-game system that generates personalized playable scenarios featuring interactions with characters via a variety of ways including branching dialogue, dynamic events that reflect your performance and choices, challenges that build the story of your unique NFL career (from the moment you sign your rookie contract to you Hall of Fame induction), and more.
We’ve made large updates to our Development Trait system to support Superstar and Zone abilities. The Development Traits in Madden 20 are: Normal, Star, Superstar, and Superstar X-Factor. Both Superstar and X-Factors players can earn Superstar Abilities, but only X-Factors can earn Zone Abilities. We’ve also addressed one of the communities’ biggest complaints: players dropping down in Development Trait. In Madden 20, players can no longer go down in Development Trait at the end of a season.
Coach mode is also getting scenarios. And the changes to Development Traits have a big impact on Coach mode. Coaches will want to build up their teams with Superstars and X-Factor Superstars via Trades, free agency, and the draft. We’ve also added an overhauled lineup UI to make Franchise mode even smoother.
We’ve taken a meticulous pass on existing player contracts to ensure they match the NFL. This will not only be more authentic, but it will also make managing your roster’s cap space more realistic.
We’ve overhauled our progression tuning, including making changes to XP gains from weekly training, actions on the field, and goal completion. These changes should ultimately lead to users being able to increase the OVR of more players on their team meaning they have more option in how to develop their roster.
We’ve taken a full pass on our Rookie Generators. People familiar with draft classes from the past few years are in for some new surprises, from names, to bodies, to ratings, and more.
One more draft surprise is that rookies with a Superstar Development or higher trait will have their development trait hidden until they’ve played through at least half of a season. These players have their abilities hidden until you reveal their Development Trait. This means that if you draft either a Superstar or an X-Factor Superstar you won’t know exactly what you’ve drafted until later in a season – use your preseason wisely.
Gameplay Effects Updated
We’ve implemented a ton of changes, like Throw Power overhauls to change QB trajectories. But that’s just one example! Tune in to our gameplay stream on 5/23 for more of the inside scoop on additions and changes you’ll find in Madden NFL 20.
If you missed out on this Past Thursday’s stream, there are four remaining and they will cover other aspects of this year’s game every Thursday at 7 PM ET. The streams will delve into the following topics:
Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. EST
- Superstar X-Factor Abilities
Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. EST
- Madden Ultimate Team
Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. EST
- Gameplay Updates: Playbooks, RPOs, Improvements
Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. EST
- Madden Mobile
Check out the trailer for this year’s game featuring Joey Bada$$.
Madden NFL 20 is out worldwide on August 2. Pre-order the Superstar Edition and play 3 days early