Dropped in casually into the latest Ultimate Team blog, but deserving of its own thread to highlight how big of a deal it is, EA is adding seven new specialist positions to Madden NFL 19:
In addition to the three major features we have built, there are a few other important things worth touching on. A good place to start is an addition that all of Madden will benefit from and that’s the inclusion of seven new specialist positions. In the lineup screen you will see some new options (in addition to 3rd Down Half Back) that will help you get the players you want in the right position on the field in specific formations:
- Rush Right/Left Defensive End
- Rush Defensive Tackle
- Slot Cornerback
- Sub Linebacker
- Power Half Back
- Slot Wide Receiver
I’ll save the deep dive for a future blog, but at a high level, these positions were created so that gameplay could tag formations with these new specialist positions. So for instance, instead of having to manually sub a defensive end down to defensive tackle out of Nickel, just assign that player to your Rush Defensive Tackle slot and he’ll already be there every time you call a Nickel defense.
Obviously this is a pretty big addition to the gameplay, especially for those wanting to build a team with some of these specialties around in either MUT or Connected Franchise. While this was already possible using formation subs, having these available to automatically fill into the appropriate formations is just really nice. This is a streamlined way to improve the user experience in a small but very powerful and meaningful way.
What do you think? Will you be taking advantage of these?