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Vetzballin has posted an interview with Russ Kiniry, Game Play Designer for NCAA Football 10.

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Vetzballin: "Lets switch gears a minute and talk about the overall game play for a minute. In NCAA 09 speed is king, how much impact will speed have in NCAA 10?"

Russ: "We actually looked at how much speed was affecting the game and looked at the speed curve. Fast was really fast, you know there was that plateau then dropped off. This year we revisited it a little bit and made it more of a linear skill so it makes sense. Now youíll notice those 98, 99 speed players arenít going to be much that much faster than those 93, 94 players. We did a couple of things, first we looked at that curve and where the speed was at and adjusted that, secondly one of the biggest problems in the game now is the A.I. took such bad angles to make tackles, that if you got outside, it was going to be a 80 yard touchdown. So we tuned that and improved the pursuit angles so now you still can outside, but itís only going to be a 15 yard run now."

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# 1 Lava @ 04/27/09 12:46 PM
Vetz: So are you limited to just using the existing teams in the game or can you build a roster from scratch too?
RK: You can start from scratch. We have a couple of placeholders like cupcake, air it out, you can start with one of those if you want, but you know since it’s using your keyboard and mouse, everything is at your fingertips. We have 200—to 250 faces to choose from, so you can make your players on your team look exactly like you want.


Nice, glad we can have cupcake, air it out, etc. I was worried we'd have to choose a team roster to start with.
 
# 2 rudyjuly2 @ 04/27/09 01:01 PM
Any gameplay related stuff in there? I can't read this at work.
 
# 3 Solidice @ 04/27/09 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rudyjuly2
Any gameplay related stuff in there? I can't read this at work.
here are the gameplay-related stuff

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Vetz: Lets switch gears a minute and talk about the overall game play for a minute. In NCAA 09 speed is king, how much impact will speed have in NCAA 10?

RK: We actually looked at how much speed was affecting the game and looked at the speed curve. Fast was really fast, you know there was that plateau then dropped off. This year we revisited it a little bit and made it more of a linear skill so it makes sense. Now youíll notice those 98, 99 speed players arenít going to be much that much faster than those 93, 94 players. We did a couple of things, first we looked at that curve and where the speed was at and adjusted that, secondly one of the biggest problems in the game now is the A.I. took such bad angles to make tackles, that if you got outside, it was going to be a 80 yard touchdown. So we tuned that and improved the pursuit angles so now you still can outside, but itís only going to be a 15 yard run now.
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Vetz: Can you explain how the adaptive A.I. will work?

RK: Basically we designed the artificial intelligence to pick up on what you like to do as the game goes along and adjust to your play calls. Say youíre gaining a chunk of yards from running up the middle a lot from the same formation youíll the notice the A.I. start to pinch in their defensive line, or bring their safeties up tighter whenever you got to that set again. Overall the A.I. is just much smarter this year and will offer more of a challenge.
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Vetz: How about in head to head games with another human opponent. Will the adaptive A.I. be evident there, especially if a guy keeps killing you with a particular route or play?

RK: Yes it will work a little bit for you as well. In 09 say a guy is running comeback routes or post routes from the same formation and for the same player, the A.I. always played it the same way. Well now theyíll know itís coming especially if itís from the same formation and to the same guy. Theyíll react quicker now and make more plays to the ball.
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Vetz: Tell me about some of the changes we will see with the offensive/defensive line interaction. One of the complaints about 09 is the lack of a pass rush generated from the front four.

RK: That has been a huge focus for us. One of the things we took into account more this year was the individual ratings for how often a guy should really win his individual matchup. Again this also kind of ties back into what we talked about pertaining to speed. That shouldnít be the only rating that governs the entire game, so this year youíre going to want to have that DE that has those great finesse or power moves so he can get around the offensive lineman and make a play. Creating a true pocket for the quarterback was also something else we wanted to achieve this year, so youíll noting the offensive guys riding the guys out more to form a pocket.
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Vetz: One of the biggest problems with the pash rush was the defensive line would get pancaked too many times throughout a game. Iíve literally had instances where 3 of my guys would be on the ground leaving one guy to rush the QB.

RK: We actually rewrote those pancake blocks and took a lot of those out so they wonít happen as much anymore. Cut blocks make sense, but not all the time and on every play.
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Vetz: I noticed from one of the playbook screens you had a play flashing and with a percentage of how much it was set up. Can you explain just what that is?

RK: In yearís past, every play was kind of run on itís own, but this year with adaptive A.I. with the computer adjusting to your tendencies that opens up other options which allowed us to link certain plays together. So going back to what I said before about constantly running up the middle out of a certain formation, you noticed the A.I. creeping up a bit cheating on the run. Well that will set up a good opportunity for a play action pass and youíll see the play thatís linked to it flashing with a percentage of how successful that play may be. So if Iím running Singleback HB Dive successfully a few times the adaptive A.I. will adjust to that creating an opportunity to run play action.
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Vetz: So what if I have a play that, for the sake of argument, shows that it has a 100% chance of being successful, does that automatically mean it will be money?

RK: Itís not entirely, you just set up the play and it will be money. No, thatís no fun for anyone. So itís also a little bit based on situation too. I mean if you come out on 3rd and 12 and try to run play action with a linked play, well youíre probably not going to be successful there. Now if itís second and short and you see the defense up tight, youíll have a better chance of moving the chains. But itís not money plays, thatís the last thing we wanted to do. Also, thatís where ratings come into play. Their ratings will dictate how successfully the play will work. A lower rated secondary will be more susceptible to being fooled than a higher rated one. Or looking at it individually, that safety with low awareness will be more apt to bite on the play fake, than one with high awareness.
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Vetz: Has the defensive coverage been improved this year? Particularly the man defense, as it stands now, the wide receivers typically get too much separation from the defense. I guess the speed rating factors into that though.

RK: Itís part of the speed rating and our overall ratings in general for man coverage. We retooled our ratings a lot this year to make corners a little bit better. All coverages this year have retooled.
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Vetz: Has the sideline animation triggering too far away from the out of bounds marker been looked into?

RK: Yeah that has definitely been addressed, that was one of the first things we looked at. We definitely have something good in store, I donít how how much weíre ready to talk about it yet, because itís a little bit tech, but yes thatís definitely been a focus because that frustrated us just as much as it frustrated you guys. Weíve also addressed the animation you sometimes see of the defender grabbing at air and falling down when trying to make a tackle.
 
# 4 rudyjuly2 @ 04/27/09 01:20 PM
Thanks! You the man Solidice!!
 
# 5 therizing02 @ 04/27/09 01:37 PM
Something that I have yet to see confirmed in NCAA and/or Madden is whether or not the CPU will throw the ball deep this year. Can someone with a line to the dev team please ask them that?

Additionally, all of the adaptive AI seems to be geared towards the defense. What about the offense? If I'm running Nickel and Dime on 1st and 2nd downs regularly, will the CPU offense adjust and start running the ball more. What if I'm using press coverage on the outside a lot? Will the CPU audible to a go route and then throw the ball deep?
 
# 6 OMT @ 04/27/09 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by therizing02
Something that I have yet to see confirmed in NCAA and/or Madden is whether or not the CPU will throw the ball deep this year. Can someone with a line to the dev team please ask them that?

Additionally, all of the adaptive AI seems to be geared towards the defense. What about the offense? If I'm running Nickel and Dime on 1st and 2nd downs regularly, will the CPU offense adjust and start running the ball more. What if I'm using press coverage on the outside a lot? Will the CPU audible to a go route and then throw the ball deep?
They've thrown it deep on me. I don't know what things were changed here, but the CPU goes deep when I play.
 
# 7 mjussawalla @ 04/27/09 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by therizing02
Something that I have yet to see confirmed in NCAA and/or Madden is whether or not the CPU will throw the ball deep this year. Can someone with a line to the dev team please ask them that?

Additionally, all of the adaptive AI seems to be geared towards the defense. What about the offense? If I'm running Nickel and Dime on 1st and 2nd downs regularly, will the CPU offense adjust and start running the ball more. What if I'm using press coverage on the outside a lot? Will the CPU audible to a go route and then throw the ball deep?
1)I think people mentioned that they redid the passing logic, so it should be fixed

2)Good question - I too would like to know if the CPU offense will adjust
 
# 8 therizing02 @ 04/27/09 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by OMT
They've thrown it deep on me. I don't know what things were changed here, but the CPU goes deep when I play.
Thanks Adam! You are referring to NCAA 10 correct? Do you notice the CPU adapting offensive strategies based on what you are calling on defense?
 
# 9 rudyjuly2 @ 04/27/09 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by OMT
They've thrown it deep on me. I don't know what things were changed here, but the CPU goes deep when I play.
Very nice!
 
# 10 J-Unit40 @ 04/27/09 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by OMT
They've thrown it deep on me. I don't know what things were changed here, but the CPU goes deep when I play.
Finally. I love what I am hearing.

Thanks for chiming in OMT.
 
# 11 rudyjuly2 @ 04/27/09 01:54 PM
Rudy's starting to get excited! With the NFL draft and all this video game talk lately, the football juices are starting to flow again.

I'm hoping the sliders have a bigger effect this year, particularly the blocking sliders.
 
# 12 renatus @ 04/27/09 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by JerseySuave4
i hope the number of INTs have been tuned down. I also wish the that if a cpu QB throws 4 ints in a half or more the cpu would think about replacing the QB.
jersey not the right place here, but you plan on finishing your great sounds packages for 2010?
 
# 13 TrevJo @ 04/27/09 02:05 PM
Good interview. Glad to hear about the speed changes.
 
# 14 sportzbro @ 04/27/09 02:19 PM
I love that cupcake, air-it-out, & juggernaut types of generic teams are back for CAS.
 
# 15 Johnsonms13 @ 04/27/09 02:24 PM
lovin ncaa 10 already
 
# 16 Johnsonms13 @ 04/27/09 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by J-Unit40
Finally. I love what I am hearing.

Thanks for chiming in OMT.
me 2!!!!
 
# 17 Johnsonms13 @ 04/27/09 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JerseySuave4
i hope the number of INTs have been tuned down. I also wish the that if a cpu QB throws 4 ints in a half or more the cpu would think about replacing the QB.


yea i hated that too
 

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