EA PLAY 2017 UPDATE 2: Madden NFL 18 New Mode opens EA Play
Who’d have thought it.
EA didn’t have Star Wars, Need for Speed or FIFA 18 opening EA Play.
It was with Madden NFL 18 and the new career mode based on FIFA 17’s The Journey mode.
It’s called Madden NFL 18 ‘Longshot’ and if it’s anything like The Journey it’s going to be excellent.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson has come on stage and described it as “Madden like you’ve never seen it.”
He’s right on two fronts, one because it looks like a bold new mode for the game but also, it’s powered by Frostbite and looks gorgeous.
Check out the trailer below for yourself and take a look at the below official description:
“Powered by Frostbite, Longshot is Madden NFL’s first-ever cinematic and playable story mode where your decisions lead forgotten prospect, Devin Wade on the pursuit to hear his name called on NFL Draft day”
More to follow…
EA PLAY 2017 UPDATE 1
The EA Play 2017 live stream is set to kick off in just under 30 minutes time at 8pm BST.
EA Predict the Pre-E3 2017 event will last around 90 minutes and showcase plenty of new gameplay, trailer, release dates and more for some of the publishers biggest new games.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 gameplay may have leaked already, but it shouldn’t detract from what will surely be a MASSIVE new reveal.
Fans can watch the new live stream using a number of different services, including YouTube and Twitch.
You can follow all the updates from our live stream blog, here: EA Play E3 2017 LIVE STREAM
Over the next hour and a half, we’ll be updating this page with all the news, announcements and trailers for Madden NFL 18.
If you want to know more about those other EA Games, you can do so by following the links below:
EA Play gets underway later today when EA finally lift the curtain on E3 2017 with their opening showcase from Hollywood, the live stream is set to start Saturday, June 10 (today) at 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm BST.
It will kick start a week of blockbuster news and announcements from various third-party publishers and console makers from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
For EA Sports, the spotlight will be firmly on FIFA 18, but with a continued upturn in the number of people buying and playing Madden NFL each year, the new outing could be a rather big deal.
Not only does the new Madden NFL 18 five-time Super Bowl winner and New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, gracing the cover, but some big changes to the game are coming to the series this year which could make the game even more addictive.
Not only is the game moving to the incredible Frostbite engine for added graphical authenticity and improved lighting and textures, but EA Sports are teasing a “Brand new mode”.
We doubt fans of the game need it spelt out for them, but in the event, you’re only just hearing this, it looks quite likely that Madden NFL 18 could be set for a unique career mode, in the same vein as The Journey introduced into FIFA 17 last year, with Alex Hunter.
We’re sure there’s plenty more changes afoot and EA Play will be the best place to discover it all, but there’s no doubt in our mind that this could be one of the biggest leaps for the Madden series in quite a few years.
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Daily Star has put together everything you need to know about MADDEN NFL 18 including release date, EA Access, beta info, pre-order bonuses and more, below.
MADDEN NFL 18 IN BRIEF
When is it coming out? August 25, 2017
What’s new? Officially? The move to EA industry’s leading Frostbite Engine. Unofficially? A new career mode in the style of FIFA’s Journey Mode.
What platforms? PS4 and Xbox One
Is there a beta/demo? Nothing’s been announced just yet, but there’s usually a demo and it could be announced at EA Play
Is it coming to EA Access? Yes, Xbox One and PC players subscribed to EA Access can play a 10-hour trial of Madden NFL 18 from August 17. Members are also entitled to a 10% discount on digital copies of the game.
MADDEN NFL 18 – WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW
EA Sports teased a few spelt changes to the game last month, but we’re expecting even bigger reveals at EA Play, but for the time being here’s a quick run down of what we already know about Madden NFL 18:
If the main image didn’t give it away already, five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, will grace the cover of EA SPORTS Madden 18. Interestingly, despite winning multiple NFL championships, MVP awards, Pro Bowl appearances in his professional career, the Madden NFL cover was one of the few accolades that had previously eluded the New England Patriots quarterback.
The game has now moved to the famous Frostbite engine and if you’ve seen the difference it made to FIFA 17, you’ll know what to expect; better looking players, stadiums, crowds and much more. It’ll also come in handy for the new mode …
THE JOURNEY – FOR MADDEN
EA Sports have all but confirmed it, even teasing the mode in their official teaser trailer released last month. We’re expecting a trailer announcement at EA Play, so stay tuned.
Fans who pre-order the standard edition will receive numerous benefits, including the choice of an Elite player from their favourite NFL team for use in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, as well as five Squad Packs, redeemable at launch. In celebration of the Greatest of All-Time, those looking for even more can opt for the G.O.A.T. Edition, which gets them not only what’s in the standard edition, but also one of five G.O.A.T. players of their choice for Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, and more.
Don’t want to miss any of the E3 2017 action?
The Daily Star will be covering each conference with a live stream, but below you’ll find a rundown of what is happening and when.
Pop these times into your diary and make sure you return to read all the big gaming news as it’s revealed on the day and every new trailer as it drops.
• EA Play – June 10 – 12pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 8pm BST, 9pm CEST
• Microsoft Xbox – June 11 – 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern, 10pm BST, 11pm CEST
• Bethesda – June 11 – 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern, 3am BST, 4am CEST
• Ubisoft – June 12 – 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm BST, 10pm CEST
• Sony PlayStation – June 12 – 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, 2am BST, 3am CEST
• Nintendo Spotlight – June 13 – 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm BST, 6pm CEST