Madden 23 Fixes One Of Franchise Mode’s Biggest Issues

Madden 23 Franchise Mode Fix

This year’s Franchise mode finally resolved one of the series long running issues.

Earlier this month EA released details on it’s extremely popular Franchise mode and it looks to be much improved thanks to smarter scouting logic, deeper draft classes, and several other key changes. The biggest change revolving around free agency bidding looks to completely change the Franchise mode landscape.

In previous years, because free agency is broken into several phases in Madden, the league advances as a collective from one phase to the next. This allows free agents to pick their new teams based on the contract offers that are most favorable. For any well ran league, this would occur at a scheduled time of day so that all players know what to expect. But having that information also presents a huge, previously unavoidable flaw for everyone involved: If you know when a bidding war is set to end, you can treat Madden like eBay and bid as the window closes.

If you played in a franchise league prior to Madden 23 you likely have been on both sides of the problem. There hasn’t been anyone from stopping anyone from just waiting until the final few seconds to jump ahead with a better deal.

To address this you would need to take the entire free agency process out of the game and into a silent auction.

Madden 23 FINALLY resolves this problem with one long-awaited adjustment. In Madden 23’s free agency period, you can’t see other players bids, nor where yours lands in comparison. As now those who really want a player will need to offer a contract without the intel of knowing exactly what other offers are on the table. This should help Madden players recognize the value of a dollar more than ever before.

Players will still be able to know if their offer is in the range of something appealing to the player. New player motivations will provide insight into what a free agent is looking for in a team–great QB, starting spot, or even an income tax-free state have been mentioned as some examples. All authentic to the sport and, more importantly, create a much better user experience.

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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 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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