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Madden 09 News Post

Evening,

There's been a lot of discussion around rosters and patches so i wanted to go ahead and post an update.

Rosters
For those that manged to get an early copy, you may have noticed that a roster update was recently made available. Many of you also noticed that Brett Favre was listed as the 2nd QB for the Packers. This roster was posted up as a final test of our roster update capability. We're actually prepping a more final roster update that should be available on 8/11.

As for our roster update frequency... Our current plan is to update rosters about every two weeks. This could change based on major roster movement but expect us to drop rosters on an average of twice a month through the Super Bowl.

Patch
Yes, I'm finally going to discuss the state and details of the patch.

Regarding the patch status... Yes we submitted a patch to MS and Sony about a week ago. They are currently going through certification and all indications point to them going live some time next week. Please understand that it's very easy for issues with the patch to delay the release of the patch. For example, if MS finds a new bug with the patch, it would easily be delayed by 2 weeks. We're hopeful the patch will drop on or around 8/14.

What's in the patch?

There's a number of changes in this patch. Most would never be noticed by the average consumer but some were targeted at improving the experience as quickly as we could.

1. Changed default quarter length of online leagues to 5 minutes.
2. Solved a very rare stability issue that occured when using a couple of playbooks.
3. Eliminated a button mashing glitch during high latency online games.
4. Eliminated a stability issue that sometimes occured while viewing the player HUB in online leagues.
5. Fixed a tricky disc eject glitch that occured at specific points of online games.
6. Kick Return Tuning - made improvements to help reduce frequent long kick returns.
7. Safety Tuning - eliminated issue where safeties in deep zone coverage would sometimes not react to a run to their side.
8. The game skill slider for interceptions was tuned to amplify it's affect.

What about some of the other early feedback on the game? Keep reading, we're not done.

Patch #2 & DLC
Now that some details for patch #1 have been discussed, it's important to note that we're not done. We think it's very important to continue to improve the game even after it's release. We're actually very happy with the non-patched product but having the ability to patch the game to make it the ultimate experience is fantastic capability that we definately want to use.

We're already hard at work on the 2nd patch and are also evaluating releasing a FREE DLC. Here's a sneak preview of what you might expect in future updates.

Patch #2 Possibilities
Please understand this list is under construction and won't be finalized until we've received more feedback on the final game from the community.
1. Ghost Juking OOB fix - aka CPU players running out of bounds
2. CPU Accuracy tuning
3. Amplify the field degredation effect (the system is currently working but is hidden by some of our late added post effects)
4. Other post-release community feedback

DLC Possibilities
The same warning comes with this one. We're still evaluating these changes and are working hard to get them out as quick as possible.
1. Accelerated Clock
2. CPU Sliders (you would have the all new human sliders as well as a brand new screen of CPU sliders)
3. Legacy Gen Controller Config
4. Madden Community Gamerpics (a variety of gamerpics that will show what community you belong to. make sure your community managers know you want an OS gamerpic.)


We're targeting a mid-September release for patch#2 and the DLC but will give constant updates and screenshots as we progress.

I look forward to seeing all of your very constructive feedback next week when the game is released and will do my best to answer additional questions here.

Phil

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# 1 PaperLantern @ 08/05/08 11:19 PM
GREAT NEWS!!!


 
# 2 PVarck31 @ 08/05/08 11:20 PM
Wow that's great news. Thanks Phil. I think mid-September for patch 2 and DLC is fair.
 
# 3 RGiles36 @ 08/05/08 11:20 PM


Though it's great to hear good news about Madden 09, I can't help but feel excitement for the future of the Madden franchise w/ all this community interaction going on . As always, thanks for keeping us, the community, informed.
 
# 4 countryboy @ 08/05/08 11:21 PM


Thank you very much Phil.

 
# 5 Moshood @ 08/05/08 11:21 PM
That DLC would be great. Hope it works out.
 
# 6 jewelz1132 @ 08/05/08 11:22 PM
I noticed that after a game on the ps3 version(sometimes), as well as the 360 the game freezes when you choose to go to the madden test after a game. what does Ghost Juking OOB mean?
 
# 7 countryboy @ 08/05/08 11:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by pjv31
Wow that's great news. Thanks Phil. I think mid-September for patch 2 and DLC is fair.
Agreed 100%
 
# 8 Jaysworld26 @ 08/05/08 11:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fillycheze
Patch #2 Possibilities
Please understand this list is under construction and won't be finalized until we've received more feedback on the final game from the community.
1. Ghost Juking OOB fix
2. CPU Accuracy tuning
3. Amplify the field degredation effect (the system is currently working but is hidden by some of our late added post effects)
4. Other post-release community feedback
That needs to all be addressed, especially the field degradation effect. I'm not knocking you guys, but who do you have test these games? That should have definitely been noticed before going gold.
 
# 9 bcruise @ 08/05/08 11:24 PM
DLC eh? Clever way of sneaking another "patch" past MS. (Just make sure it makes it to the PS3 too )

Good news, I'm greatly anticipating the CE (Both parts of it) on release night.
 
# 10 Nza @ 08/05/08 11:25 PM
Madden only used to be released here in Australia until mid September anyway, so I guess the wait isn't so bad.
 
# 11 Moegames @ 08/05/08 11:29 PM
Im also hearing some very noticible CPU ball carrier's running out of bounce way too often when there is much much room to run up field instead.

Its very noticible from what i've heard at various places on the net..Neogaf and a few podcasts.

THE DLC is a VERY VERY GOOD way to get out some added tweaks and stuff. I was on the verge last night aftrer i had typed out a rather large post that suggested this exact same idea of mine for you madden dev's to looking into.. the DLC as option for additional tweaks and options to the gamer...nice nice move guys.

Again, the CPU running out of bounce with lots of spare room up field to run sorta has me worried, plz look into this, thx

PS..anything on the muddy fields?..EDIT>>NM I missed it in the initial post
 
# 12 johnnytma @ 08/05/08 11:30 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jewelz1132
I noticed that after a game on the ps3 version(sometimes), as well as the 360 the game freezes when you choose to go to the madden test after a game. what does Ghost Juking OOB mean?
Out Of Bounds maybe??
 
# 13 ch46647 @ 08/05/08 11:31 PM
Patch #2 and the DLC sound EXCELLENT!! It will do wonders for this game. Thanks so much Phil and Ian this means alot to us!

 
# 14 slappybrown @ 08/05/08 11:32 PM
Fantastic news, thank you. The ghost juking "OOB" is in reference to "out of bounds".
 
# 15 Phil_Frazier @ 08/05/08 11:35 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnytma
Out Of Bounds maybe??
Yes. I edited my original post to clarify what I meant.

Phil
 
# 16 ch46647 @ 08/05/08 11:40 PM
Hey Phil quick question while your here. If you have a 32 team on-line league how many teams make the playoffs? Is the number of teams that make it in optional? I know alot of us trying to start leagues were wondering this

Thanks
 
# 17 Matt Diesel @ 08/05/08 11:48 PM
Good show mate!

Everyone who is saying this should have been caught during testing, I agree but it wasnt so give it a rest. The horse is dead. What do you want them to do get in the delorean and go back in time? Where we are going, we dont need roads...
 
# 18 adembroski @ 08/05/08 11:49 PM
Thank you, Phil, you've made my day. This gives me more faith in 2010 than it does 2009, to be honest, because I know the guys that are working hard to get this out are the guys that are going to be giving us 2010 from the very start.

That said, the more of this you CAN get in, the better, and the QB tuning alone would probably be enough to tide me over until 2010, but to get Accelerated clock AND sliders back... I'd be ecstatic. Good luck getting everything working, and thank you for giving it your best shot.

PS Thank god for Community Interaction.
 
# 19 tenxaday @ 08/05/08 11:50 PM
hell ya
 
# 20 jewelz1132 @ 08/05/08 11:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fillycheze
Yes. I edited my original post to clarify what I meant.

Phil
ohhh ok..I was thinking something to do with the training mode lol
 

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