Alright, so the cover boy is Tom Brady and not Dak Prescott; and that sucks. But the game comes out on August 25th. I’m excited about it. With Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed until Spring 2018, Madden will get all my hours and attention beginning in August (and my dollars). One more chance. One more year to hopefully draw me in again.
There’s this nugget about the release date already breaking:
One major change to the Madden 18 release date is that it is on a Friday this year. Traditionally the new Madden game arrives on a Tuesday, but if you buy the Madden 18 G.O.A.T Edition you can play early on the 25th.
If you buy the standard edition, you will need to wait until the Tuesday after the initial release. If you have EA Access, you may still be able to play early with the standard edition.
I guess the G.O.A.T. Edition it will be for me.
“Madden” curse? Tom Brady isn’t worried. (via Tom Brady/Facebook) pic.twitter.com/Say1oLYFTg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 12, 2017
This one is a big one. It sounds promising, and with Brady on the cover and plans to use Dak Prescott, we’re excited about the passing focus.
Play New NFL Matchups – Take the field with your favorite team or play the best weekly matchup using live updates containing the latest rosters, custom commentary and up-to-date stats from NFL.com then continue your season all the way to the Super Bowl from Play Now. This sounds a lot like Ultimate Team matchups, but it appears to be coming to your favorite team, even if you don’t want to manage a team.
New Play Styles – There are three new Madden 18 play styles that you can choose to help you better take on tough opponents. We are waiting to hear what the playstyles are, but this should add more to the coach called plays.
Target Passing – There is a major break in how you pass in Madden 18. You can pass to any play or to a specific spot on the field with new Target Passing. This offers total control over passing to players and could deliver a new challenge.
Coach Adjustments – Customize the AI to fit your game plan and make situational changes to your strategy on the fly as the game demands it. This looks like it could impact the suggested plays and how you rely on coach suggestions if you don’t choose every play manually.
Madden Companion App – You can manage your Madden 18 Franchise with a companion app on your smartphone.
Brief description of game styles. Much more info to come. pic.twitter.com/zwr78pM5gD
— Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) May 12, 2017
I really like the sound of being able to manage my franchise some from my smartphone too. Because you never know in traffic or at the office when I might want to re-order my depth chart or scout some players. I am sure that this will have the usual EA kinks to be ironed out to it.
My major hopes I won’t get are ‘live highlights from other games’ that they had back on the Sega Genesis so many years ago and for better unique field degradation playing on natural grass. It’s been second rate for that kind of stuff for over a decade now.