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Madden NFL 19: The Lowdown on Custom Draft Classes, Roster Editing

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Madden NFL 19: The Lowdown on Custom Draft Classes, Roster Editing

Ben Haumiller sat down with our Matt Llewellyn to talk about this year’s football release from EA, Madden NFL 19. The following is an excerpt from the full interview:

Tell me about the return of Custom Draft Classes.

Ben Haumiller: With the edit draft class, you can edit everything about any player that you want to. This is the last piece of the sandbox that we haven’t given players the ability to do anything with. When you think about franchise, you can edit every player on every roster. What we were seeing guys doing is they would draft their players, and then they’d edit them after the draft. That’s a horrible way of having to go about things so we wanted to fix that. Now you can go in and start your franchise, and start with an auto-generated class and edit as much or as little as you want to. You can go in and just change the top guy’s name to whatever you want it to be and that’s it. Or you can edit every single thing about all 450 players in that class, including their development trait so then you can decide who you want to be stars or superstars.

You can also change the draft order as well. How (players) show up when you’re looking at the scouting screen so you can have those guys that are hidden gems in the later rounds. You get to craft how those guys appear so that when you’re scouting there are some nice surprises and it’s not just the best player is projected number one overall. You can then utilize Madden Share, so Operation Sports, who do a great job in their forums of creating different draft classes for other games, can now create those classes and share them with the other community members. You can do your own edits if you want or wait for someone else to do one that you like and then download it.

So player editing is in the game still? There was some question after one of the screenshots showed OBJ and we couldn’t see the option for it where it used to be.

Ben Haumiller: Yes, player editing is still in the game. The reason why you don’t see it in that screenshot is because we brought back the ability to choose your team captains this year. So when you add something to the list, something else has to slide down and it happened to be edit player. I love how quickly that was pointed out; it shows the fanaticism towards the game that we love, and the thing about the Madden community is that they notice these things. They didn’t comment on how Odell looked, it was “What happened to edit player?” It’s great and to answer your question, edit player is still there but you just have to scroll down to see it.

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  1. "This is the last piece of the sandbox that we haven’t given players the ability to do anything with."
    Another quote from Ben in these articles that I don't understand why he would say that. If he really thinks this is the last thing Madden needed to be as sandbox-like as other sports games out there then I honestly have no words. Madden is so far behind on being a sandbox sports game at this point that it is laughable he'd even say something like that unless he purely meant it in terms of the sandbox-ness of player editing.
    He was surprised that was the first thing we noticed, and not that Odell Beckham looked like.... well... Odell Beckham?!?! Hahaha dude this is 2018 on new gen consoles. Models are supposed to look like the players they are trying to represent!
    Madden fans are not toddlers that are simply entertained by flashing lights and bright colors. We are educated consumers who expect the standard that other sports games of set and want innovation. Why is that hard for them to understand?
    Therebelyell626
    He was surprised that was the first thing we noticed, and not that Odell Beckham looked like.... well... Odell Beckham?!?! Hahaha dude this is 2018 on new gen consoles. Models are supposed to look like the players they are trying to represent!
    Madden fans are not toddlers that are simply entertained by flashing lights and bright colors. We are educated consumers who expect the standard that other sports games of set and want innovation. Why is that hard for them to understand?

    That's ignoring the context of what he said:
    "I love how quickly that was pointed out; it shows the fanaticism towards the game that we love, and the thing about the Madden community is that they notice these things. They didn’t comment on how Odell looked, it was “What happened to edit player?” It’s great and to answer your question, edit player is still there but you just have to scroll down to see it."
    He's saying he appreciates the fact that the Madden community pays attention to the details.
    Alex the Great
    That's ignoring the context of what he said:
    "I love how quickly that was pointed out; it shows the fanaticism towards the game that we love, and the thing about the Madden community is that they notice these things. They didn’t comment on how Odell looked, it was “What happened to edit player?” It’s great and to answer your question, edit player is still there but you just have to scroll down to see it."
    He's saying he appreciates the fact that the Madden community pays attention to the details.

    Fair enough.
    l8knight1
    Can we edit rosters OUTSIDE of Franchise? You can't share true custom rosters otherwise.

    Would be excellent if they would allow the same level of editing in the main menu as they do inside CFM ,
    Furthermore while they're at it remove the [email protected]@@* roster restrictions and pointless ( unless anybody knows better )salary cap , and allow editing of "years in league"
    then we could make accurate rosters , including PS outside of CFM and share
    "Tomato - Tomato" "Heads, I win - Tails, You lose". This is a cool option to have but how does me changing a draft class differ from me drafting a player than editing. I actually got more of a thrill drafting a player based on scouting and being surprised by the ratings they receive once drafted. This is a fun thing to have as an option but not worth talking about like its some sort of major option. If they wanted to screw some heads up, they would allow me to draft the 12 draft classes I still have saved from NCAA Football 14. That would be a cool thing.
    drugsbunny
    "Tomato - Tomato" "Heads, I win - Tails, You lose". This is a cool option to have but how does me changing a draft class differ from me drafting a player than editing. I actually got more of a thrill drafting a player based on scouting and being surprised by the ratings they receive once drafted. This is a fun thing to have as an option but not worth talking about like its some sort of major option. If they wanted to screw some heads up, they would allow me to draft the 12 draft classes I still have saved from NCAA Football 14. That would be a cool thing.

    “Not worth talking about”. Ummmm no. This is HUGE for franchise guys like me who would spend hours editing people AFTER they were drafted. Now it can all be done in one place, and I probably won’t even have to do it myself because someone in the community will probably make an amazing real life class and I can just download it without having to do any work myself.
    As for your ncaa 14 draft statement, the idea that a game in 2018 would implement a feature that requires you to have a game and system from 2014 makes no sense. That wouldn’t be “a cool thing”. What we got is a cool thing.
    Is there a way to disable the salary cap in the roster editor? We want to do a little online league with 13 teams and fantasy draft our rosters beforehand, but that won't be possible with a salary cap... I mean, I had the 2nd pick and got Tom Brady and it is not possible to transfer him to the colts because of that.
    jk31
    Is there a way to disable the salary cap in the roster editor? We want to do a little online league with 13 teams and fantasy draft our rosters beforehand, but that won't be possible with a salary cap... I mean, I had the 2nd pick and got Tom Brady and it is not possible to transfer him to the colts because of that.

    Edit one of Brady’s ratings, like throwing power, down to like 15, then cut him, sign him to whatever team you want him on, then restore his original rating. That’s a simple way to get salaries down.
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