The third year of the new console generation (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S) brings changes Madden NFL that could prove revolutionary in the end.
On Thursday, EA Sports unveiled brand new gameplay features in the upcoming Madden NFL 23. Chief among them is “a new foundation for consistent, ultra-realistic gameplay” that the company has dubbed FieldSENSE.
FieldSENSE aims to change the way you play the only officially licensed NFL simulation game. The system “delivers a gameplay flow with realistic outcomes on the pitch,” the company said in a press release Thursday, specifically addressing in-game player animation, using branching technology to create “Hit Everything,” a new system which aims to “create physical interactions throughout the game that allow players to fight for every inch and change the outcome of tackles – whether in the air or on the ground.”
Much of Madden relies on player animation, whether it’s a running back throwing a stiff arm, a receiver jumping high to catch a pass, or a defender smashing his famous hit stick into a ball carrier to smash one to score big. This new system aims to change how these animations interact in a game, allowing defenders to influence a ball carrier in new ways that could have a significant impact on the outcome of any game.
Madden isn’t just changing the game at the point of contact. EA Sports announced the implementation of a new mechanic the company calls 360 Cuts, which “gives players the ability to change directions on the fly while controlling ball carriers.” EA is also revamping passing with Skill Based Passing, “a new way of passing that gives players the ultimate control to put the ball exactly where they want with the power they want.”
FieldSENSE aims to transform the way Madden plays across all game modes and give the series a new foundation upon which all on-field results are based. The new gameplay system will be coupled with improvements to zone coverage, pass rush, and mobile quarterback containment. Anyone who has ever been tasked with bottling the virtual Lamar Jackson (like this author in his online Madden league) will happily test these changes in hopes that they bring a more realistic experience to their virtual fields.
Visually, EA Sports is pushing the performance of the new generation consoles with new player body types, gear and visuals completely recreated using new NFL player full body scans and gameday gear scans, a first for the franchise. The Megalodon — the 4K camera that’s been making waves on the internet in recent seasons for dramatic close-ups of real-life NFL action — is also being used to capture touchdown celebrations Madden NFL 23.
How significant these changes will be compared to the latest Madden entries with no gameplay video is hard to gauge, but these clips are sure to appear in the weeks and months to come. EA Sports is also demonstrating its efforts to listen to its community of users and is responding to requests for improvements to the Franchise mode by releasing new additions such as all-new free agency and contract improvements, draft scouting improvements, and Franchise Hub updates and of trading involves logic.
Face of the Franchise, the single-player narrative mode, returns “with a stronger focus on building a legendary NFL career across five skill positions, including first-time cornerback, and aiming to join the most coveted.” Madden NFL 99 Club.” Ultimate Team will also feature simplified team building and hands-on competitions “to allow fans to compile the most powerful roster of current stars” and NFL legends.
Players who pre-order Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition through July 22nd will be in line for a range of benefits including in-game currency, dual eligibility (across multiple generations of consoles) and three-day early access. EA Play members can also play Madden NFL 23 early with a 10-hour trial starting three days before launch.
Madden NFL 23 launches worldwide on August 19th.