With the unveiling of the new cover star yesterday comes some more information about what EA plans to tweak in this years rendition of Madden. Where EA has focused more attention on one aspect of the game in the past, such as defense in Madden NFL 15’s case, this year they plan to address “all three phases of the game on offense, defense, and special teams” on Xbox One and Playstation 4. This suggesting that the previous generation systems will not get the same improvements.

Offense will see new ball carrier controls, which EA had a bit to say about in their blog post.

“We’ve added a tiered system to the types of special moves different players are able to pull off–depending on their attributes, ratings, and speed. So now, expect your bigger bruising backs to be more effective with truck moves and stiff arms, while smaller, shiftier backs have more effective jukes and spins.”

On-screen prompts will be added to teach players how to pull off these difficult moves, as well as a “Path Assist” to provide tips on where to move. If the player plays on a lower difficulty, some of these options will be taken out of the players hands and performs the moves automatically according to the computer.

As far as defense in concerned, players will have gap assignments on run plays to help with better cover runners. “Force Defenders” were also introduced, designed to push ball carries to the side lines in order to stop the clock as well as the play. Eight new types of zone players were also introduced as “never before seen in Madden”.

Special teams sees a new kick meter being introduced, and according to EA is “designed to ease the challege of the kicking game like we see in today’s NFL.” Players will also be able to ice the kicker, and have some new trick plays and block kick techniques.

Rob Gronkowski was named the cover star of Madden 17, the game releasing on August 23.

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