Rob Gronkowski graces the cover of Madden 17
After losing in the finals last year to Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski is finally on the cover of madden in Madden 17. The cover was announced last night on Sportscenter and Gronkowski was asked how he felt to be on the cover of the game. He said “When I first found out, I was blessed. When I found out I was truly going to be on the cover it was a great feeling and definitely a surreal moment.”
New Features in Madden 17
Yesterday, the Microsoft Store leaked some details about the game and the cover was even leaked before getting announced on Sportscenter. The Microsoft store said
“Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 with a renewed focus on Franchise mode, putting you at the center of your team’s Championship run. Arm your team for gridiron glory on both sides of the ball with the most balanced gameplay to date, features all-new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics, and an innovative authentic defensive AI system. Madden NFL 17 is the most complete Madden…ever.”
EA has announced more about the game, talking about new features on all three phases of the game. For offense it seems that there will be more of a focus on the run game as the passing game had all the attention last year.
“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. Now don’t worry if you’re not a magician yet on the sticks. New Ball Carrier UI Prompts help teach moves available to you, while the new Path Assist helps you navigate and anticipate down field. Additionally on lower skill levels, you can put the work on us and we will pick the appropriate moves for you, unlocking the fun for all of our players. Now, onto the defensive side of the ball.”
Defense seems to have some changes coming as well, including an overhaul of zone coverage.
“While the new tools on offense make you a better, more creative ball carrier, the New Defensive AI System is built on up to date NFL Strategies – such as Gap Play, Force Defenders and improved Zone Coverages. It’s time to force your opponents to stop being so one-dimensional. New Gap Play AI brings a new level of NFL authenticity and strategy to your defensive teammates. Each of your teammates has a gap assignment on run defense that puts them in position to better defend the run. Force defenders protect the outside of the field, pushing the ball carrier back inside allowing cut back defenders to make the big play. Finally Zone Coverage has been completely overhauled, with the addition of 8 new zone concepts never before seen in Madden. Defenders have more awareness of threats to each zone and can pattern match receivers, creating defensive counters to stop virtually every passing concept. It’s our most realistic AI to date and it’s across the entire field.”
Special Teams also has gotten somewhat of an overhaul all together. In years past, nothing has changed with it besides the kicking meter, but now it seems that the developers have decided that it needed a big change.
“Special Teams, the 3rd phase of football, is where big games are often won and lost. For the first time in years we’re bringing the excitement back to special teams. A New Kick Meter is designed to increase the challenge of the kicking game like we see in today’s NFL. Additionally, the ability to ice the kicker allows you to turn up the pressure on those late game winning field goal attempts. New trick plays and a new block kick mechanic add new elements to the risk and reward of Special Teams.”
Interested in seeing how the game looks? Check out the Madden NFL 17 first look trailer here.
Madden 17 is now available for pre-order and if you pre-order the Standard Edition, you get nine NFL Ranked tickets and seven Ultimate Team Pro Packs. For $80 you get the Deluxe Edition and you receive 30 NFL Ranked tickets and up to 10 Ultimate Team All-Pro Packs. This year, there is now a Super Deluxe Edition and will sell for $100, and you will get 30 NFL Ranked tickets and up to 30 Ultimate Team All-Pro Packs. If you pre-order any of these editions on Xbox One, you will also get a free month of EA Access. Madden 17 will be available on August 23 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3