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The Sports Desk – The Madden 17 Developers Answer Your Questions

by Matthew Kato on Aug 08, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Madden 17's August 23 release is fast approaching, but we understand that you still might have some questions about this year's title. That's why we've reached out to both you, the readers, as well as the game's developers at EA Tiburon; you had questions, and now they're providing the answers. Sit back and find out everything you (all of you) wanted to know about Madden 17.

Thanks to EA Tiburon's Rex Dickson (creative director), John White (franchise lead designer), and Michael Hoag (presentation designer), for taking time out of their busy schedules and answering all your questions (BTW, ignore the doofus asking them in the video below).

Your questions covered a good range of topics, from customization to the the nitty-gritty of franchise mode. Formation substitution fans – you're going to want to watch this!

Thanks to everyone who sent in a question.

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NASCAR HEAT EVOLUTION ANNOUNCES 40-PLAYER ONLINE RACING

Online racing wasn't a strong suit of the last couple NASCAR titles developed by Eutechnyx, but new license holders Monster Games are not only promising more stability for the mode, but a full 40-car online field!

Bringing 40 real-life racers together isn't easy (the field will not be filled out with A.I racers, BTW), so NASCAR Heat Evolution scraps the old peer-to-peer system in favor of online races being hosted by a server. The game's online component also features three separate lobbies: No Rules, Normal, and Hosted. In the later the host can choose who can enter the race and boot people from the game if they like. You can also create a private race for just your friends.

The game's online races will not feature caution flags, but do include pit stops depending on the race length and equipment wear options chosen. There isn't a full race weekend with qualifying for online. Instead, track position will be determined by your previous lap times at that track, with the faster players starting up front. It sounds like it should the reverse to make things fair, but honestly that would only create one helluva pileup at the start.

 

RELEASE LIST

F1 2016 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) August 19

Madden NFL 17 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) August 23

Assetto Corsa (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) August 30

 

THE TICKER
A quick rundown of some of the sports news from the week.

PES 2017 Gameplay Videos Emerge
Konami held press events in Europe recently, and the floodgates have opened on gameplay videos showing off the title. This link to Winning Eleven Blog is merely a sample of what's out there. You can also find more links via the PES Reddit.

New Rocket League Mode Delivers 11 New Power-Ups

More Reaction To The NHL 17 Beta

F1 2016 Gets 22-Player Multiplayer & New Mode

Madden 17 Ultimate Team's New Features, Including The New Chemistry Boosts, Relocation Unis, and Trade Block.

FIFA & EA Sports Partner W/ Bayern Munich & Expand Premier League Deal
Similar to the franchise's deal with Juventus, this means we'll get great head scans of some of the club's big players as well as Allianz Arena. EA Sports has also signed a three-year deal with England's Premier League for more marketing opportunities with the league's TV broadcasts and further partnership opportunities.