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EA Sports Aims to Release College Football Game in July 2023

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After teasing the release of a new college football video game last February, EA Sports has reportedly targeted a July 2023 release date for the reboot of the franchise.

According to a Jan. 2021 proposal, EA Sports along with the Collegiate Licensing Corporation informed schools they intend to release a college football game sometime in July 2023. CLC management later sent a follow-up proposal to multiple D-I schools in February of this year with an update confirming “game development is in full swing” and the “launch goal is still summer of 2023.”

While nothing released includes a specific date, EA Sports noted in last year’s proposal the target timeframe will allow for the “two-year game development window necessary for collecting game assets and developing game play to meet the current market demands for a unique college football game while following NCAA guidelines.”

The report also includes an update in regard to compensating players for the use of their likeness, the issue that led to the lawsuit that stopped production of NCAA Football in 2013. With the NCAA no longer allowed to govern student-athlete compensation, there’s hope that EA Sports will be able to use the players in the game, and would still launch the title if they are unable to use likenesses.

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Madden 23 Player Ratings

Madden 23 QB and OL RatingsFollowing the death of Hall of Fame coach John Madden, and EA Sports’ decision to put Madden on the cover, there seems to be an added feeling of legacy around the game this year. The player rating reveal has become part of that legacy, and EA has recently released the Madden 23 player ratings.

As the game has grown so has the attention that comes with player ratings. Ratings matter to players, they complain on social media about their rating, the Madden staff has an entire crew dedicated to adjusting ratings throughout the year. It’s a thing.

With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the Madden 23 launch ratings.

Quarterbacks

1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers: 97

2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers: 96

3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: 95

4. Josh Allen, Bills: 92

5. Joe Burrow, Bengals: 90

6. Dak Prescott, Cowboys: 89

7. Justin Herbert, Charges: 88

T-8. Lamar Jackson, Ravens: 87

T-8. Russell Wilson, Broncos: 87

10. Matthew Stafford, Rams: 85

Offensive line

1. Trent Williams, OT, 49ers: 99

2. Zack Martin, G, Cowboys: 98

T-3. Tyron Smith, OT, Cowboys: 95

T-3. Quenton Nelson, G, Colts: 95

5. David Bakhtiari, OT, Packers: 94

6. Terron Armstead, OT, Dolphins: 93

7. Lane Johnson, OT, Eagles: 92

T-8. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Buccaneers: 91

T-8. Corey Linsley, C, Chargers: 91

10. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Ravens: 90

Running backs

1. Derrick Henry, Titans: 97

T-2. Nick Chubb, Browns: 96

T-2. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers: 96

4. Jonathan Taylor, Colts: 95

5. Dalvin Cook, Vikings: 94

6. Joe Mixon, Bengals: 93

7. Alvin Kamara, Saints: 90

8. Aaron Jones, Packers: 89

T-9. Austin Ekeler, Chargers: 88

T-9. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys: 88

Wide receivers

1. Davante Adams, Raiders: 99

2. Cooper Kupp, Rams: 98

3. Tyreek Hill, Dolphins: 97

4. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals: 96

5. Stefon Diggs, Bills: 95

6. Justin Jefferson, Vikings: 93

7. Mike Evans, Buccaneer: 92

T-8. Terry McLaurin, Commanders: 91

T-8. Keenan Allen, Chargers: 91

10. Amari Cooper, Browns: 90

Tight ends

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs: 98

2. George Kittle, 49ers: 97

3. Mark Andrews, Ravens: 93

4. Darren Waller, Raiders: 91

5. T.J. Hockenson, Lions (89

6. Kyle Pitts, Falcons: 87

7. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins: 86

8. Dallas Goedert, Eagles: 85

T-9. Zach Ertz, Cardinals: 84

T-9. Hunter Henry, Patriots: 84

1. Justin Tucker, Ravens: 90

2. Harrison Butker, Chiefs: 84

3. Evan McPherson, Bengals: 83

T-4. Chris Boswell, Steelers: 82

T-4. Younghoe Koo, Falcons: 82

T-6. Graham Gano, Giants: 81

T-6. Daniel Carlson, Raiders: 81

8. Robbie Gould, 49ers: 80

9. Matt Gay, Rams: 79

10. Nick Folk, Patriots: 78

1. Myles Garrett, Browns: 99

2. T.J. Watt, Steelers: 96

3. Nick Bosa, 49ers: 94

T-4. Von Miller, Bills: 92

T-4. Khalil Mack, Chargers: 92

T-6. Joey Bosa, Chargers: 91

T-6. Cameron Jordan, Saints: 91

T-8. DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys: 90

T-8. Chandler Jones, Raiders: 90

10. Rashan Gary, Packers: 89

1. Aaron Donald, Rams: 99

T-2. Cameron Heyward, Steelers: 93

T-2. Vita Vea, Buccaneers: 93

4. Jonathan Allen, Commanders: 92

5. Chris Jones, Chiefs: 91

6. DeForest Buckner, Colts: 90

7. Kenny Clark, Packers: 89

T-8. Jeffery Simmons, Titans: 88

T-8. Michael Pierce, Ravens: 88

10. Fletcher Cox, Eagles: 88

1. Fred Warner, 49ers: 94

2. Demario Davis, Saints: 93

3. Lavonte David, Buccaneers: 92

4. Bobby Wagner, Rams: 91

5. Darius Leonard, Colts: 90

6. Roquan Smith, Bears: 89

T-7. Micah Parsons, Cowboys: 88

T-7. Eric Kendricks, Vikings: 88

9. De’Vondre Campbell, Packers: 87

10. Devin White, Buccaneers: 85

1. Jalen Ramsey, Rams: 98

2. Jaire Alexander, Packers: 94

3. Tre’Davious White, Bills: 93

T-4. Darius Slay, Eagles: 92

T-4. Denzel Ward, Browns: 92

T-6. Marshon Lattimore, Saints: 91

T-6. Stephon Gilmore, Panthers: 91

T-8. J.C. Jackson, Chargers: 90

T-8. Marlon Humphrey, Ravens: 90

10. A.J. Terrell, Falcons: 89

1. Tyrann Mathieu, Saints: 94

2. Derwin James Jr., Chargers: 93

T-3. Budda Baker, Cardinals: 92

T-3. Kevin Byard, Titans: 92

T-5. Micah Hyde, Bills: 91

T-5. Justin Simmons, Broncos: 91

T-7. Jessie Bates III, Bengals: 90

T-7. Jordan Poyer, Bills: 90

T-7. Harrison Smith, Vikings: 90

T-7. Jamal Adams, Seahawks: 90

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Madden NFL 23 Reveals New Changes to Franchise Mode

Madden 23 Franchise Mode

Prior to its release in August, EA has revealed new information about changes that will be coming to Madden NFL 23’s Franchise mode.

Franchise mode is one of the most popular game modes on Madden every season, so a lot of us want to know what is being done to improve it. This time around, it seems like EA is looking to address many of the biggest complaints that players have had over the last few years.

Broken down in a newly released video, EA highlighted a number of the changes that will be implemented in Franchise mode.

Franchise Mode Changes

EA has overhauled the entire process involved with free agency, which means that moves in each offseason will have be be thought out a bit more.

Not only is the Free Agency hub getting a visual remodel, but the game will also implement new systems related to player motivations. There will now be a vast number of these motivations that players will take into account when looking to sign with a team. As such, signing a player will be more complex compared to past games where you would simply offer a high amount of money to get a player on your roster.

In addition, Franchise mode is going to implement a larger number of other updates. Scouting is getting refined, we will also see draft and trade logic getting overhauled. As far as cap space management, Madden 23 is also now implementing the rollover cap, which will give you more flexibility when it comes to constructing your roster.

If you’d like to learn more about all of the changes happening with Franchise this year, you can check it out on EA’s website.

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Madden 23: Trent Williams Joins The 99 Club

Trent Williams 99 Club

Madden 23’s released its first 99 Club member, and 49ers OT Trent Williams is the man.

Williams was revealed as the first 99-rated player in Madden 23 on Twitter via Adrian Peterson, who welcomed him to the club.

The San Francisco 49ers Offensive Tackle is the first-ever Offensive lineman in Madden history to be added to the exclusive club.

Madden 23 99 Club

Last year Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Ramsey, Travis Kelce, Aaron Donald, and Davante Adams made the cut.

Mahomes should be back in the club this year, Kelce may miss out.

Rams pair Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald seem like a good bet to be on the club this year, having dominated last season.

Steelers LB TJ Watt and Browns’ DE Myles Garrett are also rumored to be joining list in Madden 23.

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Madden 23 Franchise Mode New Features Revealed

Madden 23 Fracnhise Mode

Closed beta for Madden 23 has been available for over a week, initially players only had access to Play Now and then Ultimate Team.

After a short wait, Franchise Mode has now been added in the most recent beta update, and we have details on the changes.

New features

So far, there appear to be no major changes like Madden 22 brought with Staff Management and the revamped Scouting system.

There have been some changes however, contracts did get a major upgrade, as Player Motivations have been introduced to help detail why a player may or may not decide to go to a particular team.

In the past, the negotiations were all about money, but now a variety of motivations have been added. The changes include:

  • Super Bowl Chase
  • Big Market
  • Historic Championships
  • Top The Depth Chart
  • Head Coach Historic Record
  • Mentor at Position
  • Highest Offer
  • Close To Home
  • Scheme Fit
  • Team Has Franchise QB
  • No Income Tax
  • Warm Weather State

Each has an Impact meter showing how important that individual item is to the player and how much your own team’s status affect their opinion negatively or positively.

If players have key Motivations you can’t meet, you will have to offer more money to try to get them to sign on.

Plenty stayed the same

That is about it for the good news with Franchise Mode, unfortunately there’s little else that got changed or upgraded.

While gameplay improvements like FieldSENSE will carryover to Franchise Mode games (for next gen players only), most aspects of the mode were left untouched.

The upgraded Scouting system has new menu designs, but as far as function goes we didn’t see any changes.

More then likely one of the biggest disappointments for many fans is that Relocation is completely unchanged in Madden 23, with no create a team option.

Being able to create your own team is a feature available in essentially  every major sports franchise video game, but EA remains unwilling to add one to the Madden entry.

Players who want to use a custom team will once again be forced to spend a year in the relocation process and pick from the exact same locations, team names, logos, and uniforms that were available in Madden 22.

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Madden 23 Player Ratings Reveal

Madden 23 Rating Release Date

With no EA Play Live scheduled this summer, it’s not clear exactly when we can expect our next look into Madden NFL 23, but based on previous years the next big event surrounding the game is probably the Madden 23 player ratings reveal.

Madden 23’s August 19th release date was officially announced last week. Prior to the release date announcement the big revel was that of the 99′ Club. Since the announcement, EA launched its Closed Beta and introduced its new FieldSENSE mechanic, which will only be available on next-gen consoles.

When will EA reveal the player ratings for Madden 23?

Much like the NFL Draft, EA creates buildup for its Madden releases through a string of different events and press releases, drumming up conversation and debate. For both Madden 22 and Madden 21, EA teamed up with ESPN to host a week-long event, complete with special programming dedicated to player ratings.

Madden 22’s Ratings Week took place during the week of July 25 to July 30, while Madden 21’s Ratings Week ran from July 13 through July 17. Both of those titles released in late August. With Madden 23 having a similar release date of August 19, the player ratings will more then likely be revealed mid- to late-July.

We will have the full player ratings when they are released.

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Madden NFL 23 Closed Beta First Impressions

Madden 23 Closed Beta Impressions

The NFL is evolving into a passing league, and it appears Madden will follow suit.

EA Sports releases a new version of Madden every year, rarely changing at its core. Madden 23 Closed Beta so far reminds us of Madden 22, Madden 21, and basically, every game in the franchise over the past 10 years or so. And while it looks and feels very similar, it appears that EA is attempting to iron out some of the major issues that have defined the series experience since the 90s.

The closed beta only offered the standard quick play mode, which means we didn’t get the chance to do a deep dive. But we did get a look at the ways EA is attempting to shaking up Madden at its core.

The first thing that sticks out is that passing has become much more intuitive. Madden quarterbacks have had a limited set of arm motions, dart throws and lobs. In Madden 23, the passing mechanics appear to be completely reworked. The pace on your throws is determined by the amount of time you hold down the button, and you’re given much more control over ball location.

The changes in tackling animations are also something that you notice almost immediately as well. EA has stated that Madden 23’s tackling animations are more realistic and less likely to result in unrealistic situations.

Time will tell, but it looks like big changes are coming.

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Madden 23 Pre-Order Details

Madden 23 Pre-order

Tis’ the Madden 23 reveal season, and information from EA’s latest entry into the Madden franchise is coming out almost daily. We’ve got the Madden 23 pre-order details for you right here.

EA recently posted the pre-order bonuses for the Standard and All Madden editions of Madden 23. As has been the case the past handful of years, the All Madden edition comes with more content, and early access.

Below is the pre-order details for all editions as well as EA Play.

Madden 23 Standard Edition

For $59.99 you can pre-order the standard edition which includes:

  • Choice of 2 Elite Players (1 Offensive & 1 Defensive) in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
  • All Madden Gear to use in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team and The Yard
  • Madden Strategy Item in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
Madden 23 All Madden Edition

For $99.99, you can pre-order the Madden 23 All Madden edition. This pre-order gets you the following:

  • 3-Day Early Access starting August 16, 2022
  • 4600 Madden Points
  • Limited-time All-Madden Team Elite Player with pre-order by July 22, 2022
  • Dual Entitlement
  • Exclusive Early Access Challenges in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team from August 16 through August 18, 2022
  • Choice of 2 Elite Players (1 Offensive & 1 Defensive) in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
  • All Madden Gear to use in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team and The Yard
  • Madden Strategy Item in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team

If you have access to any of Madden 20-22, you have access to a special pre-order: the Loyalty Edition. You can pre-order Madden 23 at a 10% discount, a little bonus for the games loyal followers.

EA Play and EA Play Pro Benefits

EA Play Members
  • Early Access starting August 16, 2022
  • 10% off your pre-order, Madden Ultimate Team Packs, and more
  • A Launch Welcome Pack in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
  • Monthly Ultimate Team Pack and Vanity rewards tied to in-game seasonal programs
EA Play Pro Members
  • Access to the Madden NFL 23 EA Play Pro Edition beginning August 16, 2022
  • 500 Madden Points each month from August 2022 – July 2023**
  • A Launch Welcome Pack in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
  • Claim monthly Ultimate Team Pack and Vanity rewards tied to in-game seasonal programs
  • Get 10% off purchases of EA digital content

Madden 23 will officially launch August 19 for all consoles and PC.

 

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Madden 23 Closed Beta Out Now, Here’s What To Know

Madden 23 BETA

Madden NFL 23 will be released in August, but some fans can start playing the Madden 23 closed beta right now. The test includes a few different game modes, including Play Now and H2H Ranked, with more to come later, Franchise and Ultimate Team modes.

It is a closed beta, so fans will need to get a code from EA to play. Anyone chosen for the beta is forbidden from recording, streaming, or capturing video and images. Those who violate the agreement will be removed from the test and are subject to a “complete” ban on all Madden NFL accounts.

Codes are being sent out periodically, so EA Sports has advised its players to check their email for a code if they don’t get one right away. Players can follow @EAMaddenNFL on Twitter for a chance to get a code. Unfortunately, new sign ups to participate in the beta test are no longer being accepted.

Madden NFL 23 will launch on August 16th on EA play and August 19th for everyone else, with the late John Madden gracing the cover.

What is included in the Madden NFL 23 Closed Beta?

Available Now:

  • Play Now
  • H2H Ranked

Coming Soon:

  • Face of the Franchise: The League
  • The Yard
  • Superstar KO
  • Franchise Mode
  • Squads/Multiplayer for The Yard
  • Squads/Multiplayer for Superstar KO
  • Madden Ultimate Team

Madden NFL 23 Beta Known Issues So Far

  • Mid-Air collisions at the catch point not triggering at a high enough frequency
  • Man Coverage defenders frequently do fakeout animations when covering Curl and Comeback routes
  • HB Slip Screen does not work properly
  • Aggressive catch mechanic breaks in some situations
  • Player ratings relevance to Skill Based Passing is not finalized
  • Skill based passing Reticle snaps back when the user releases the left trigger so the user is unable to place it and leave it
  • Underneath Zone defenders are breaking too early on intermediate and deep routes
  • Some Pass Rush animations are triggering too frequently on All Pro and All Madden
  • Some Catches do not sync up when throwing to Tight Ends on Flat routes
  • Defenders in play ball situations sometimes obstruct the receiver from getting to the ball and do not make a play on the ball
  • Running backs sometimes do not play an avoidance or a Chip block animation when running a route, getting caught at the line of scrimmage

EA Sports is conducting this beta to collect feedback, you can send bug reports and other feedback on the Madden Voice website.

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Madden 23 Cover Star Is John Madden Himself

Madden 23 Cover

The Madden 23 cover will be a recreation from the first iteration of the game, featuring John Madden himself.

As we previously speculated, the cover star of Madden NFL 23 is the late coach and commentator, John Madden. The hall of famer will appear on all three editions of the game.

A fitting tribute to the recently passed legend, the cover art for this year’s digital edition will also pay homage to the original John Madden Football game released in 1988.

While Madden appeared on every cover throughout the ’90s his last appearance was in 2000. In 2001 the franchise switched to spotlighting NFL athletes on the cover.

The digital recreation of the cover was made by sports artist Chuck Styles, while the standard and MVP edition will see Madden depicted separately as a broadcaster and a coach.

EA is also renaming a renovated football field at its headquarters as “John Madden Field” in a ceremony with CEO Andrew Wilson and members of Madden’s family.

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