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Madden NFL 22 Scouting Feature to be Highlighted in EA Play Spotlight Series on July 19

The Madden team will provide full details on the new scouting feature coming to Madden NFL 22, during the EA Play Spotlight Series, on July 19 at 7:00 PM ET. The Spotlight Series will also highlight how fans impacted the development of this year’s Franchise Mode, as well as illustrate what helped bring large updates in this year’s game to life, including Staff Management, weekly game strategy and a new scenario engine.

Fans always influence their favorite games. This year, EA SPORTS Madden NFL 22 is taking that idea to a new level by putting the voice of the player at the heart of the development process earlier than ever via the Madden Design Council. Find out how fans impacted the development of Franchise Mode and helped bring to life highly requested features like Staff Management, weekly game strategy and a new scenario engine.Plus, did we mention you’ll get the first ever deep dive reveal of the brand new scouting feature coming to Madden NFL 22 via a live service update targeted in September? Join EA SPORTS’ Seann Graddy, Tom Lischke, and Andre Weingarten, as they come together to discuss the vision for their ultimate sandbox mode, Franchise. Not to mention, the panel will be hosted by Nick Mizesko, longtime play-by-play announcer for the Madden Championship Series.

The new Madden NFL 22 scouting feature will be released in September, through a live service update. Unfortunately, users will have to restart their franchise after the update.

The Standard Edition of Madden NFL 22 releases on August 20. Fans that pre-order the Dynasty or MVP Edition will get it on August 17. Madden NFL 22 early access arrives for EA Play subscribers on August 12.

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  1. PhillyPhanatic14
    The devs describing their vision for franchise to be the "ultimate sandbox mode" is sick.
    It's a welcomed vision. They better mean it. So many of us on OS have been asking for years for depth to be added and give players the option to toggle what they want to. We know that many people don't want to fool with some things like practices, gameplan, contract negotiations, but by streamlining that stuff like in the past, you're dictating how everyone must play and ruining the experience for those who want depth.
    If you build the mode with depth in mind and allow everything to have a toggle, you can please both the more hardcore player and the casual player. You don't alienate nearly as many people and you also may end up showing some players that they like the depth features more than they ever thought they would. Little Jimmy may learn that he actually loves the team building aspect in a deep franchise more than he actually enjoys the gameplay on the field. Then you'll have a hooked player for years if you continue to build on the mode.
    If EA truly takes the next few years to flesh out franchise mode, create a true sandbox experience, and rivals the depth of NBA 2k, then they will deserve all of the money they'll be raking in at that point.
    I'm starting to truly believe EA means it when they say they have a real focus on franchise now. I'm also starting to become a fan of the live service model. Yes, it sucks that some updates are late and even the scouting one requires a restart, but if I have to deal with that, but don't have to wait til Madden 23 for a new scouting system instead, I'm taking that deal every single time.
    I also feel the live service model might actually be more beneficial for the devs. Its essentially allowing them to extend the cycle of the game past 8 months of development time which not only relieves some of the crunch pressure, but it also allows them to be more ambitious because they now don't have to scrap an idea if it won't be ready by launch. They know it can be a part of a franchise update later on.
    It's entirely possible that the scouting revamp doesn't even happen without the live service model. Without the live service model who is to say they don't prioritize other features and only work on the scouting revamp in the background and we don't get it until Madden 24 instead?
    However, with the live service model they basically get to work on projects that go beyond the 8 month cycle and continuously build onto the series.
    It's a very similar model to what some have suggested before where the game is just called Madden and is no longer released annually, you just get a game called Madden with updates scheduled every X amount of time, and each year you pay for the new rosters and other big ticket items.
    It's a potentially big counter to the small cycle issues the sports games deal with annually which I personally think is the biggest issue sports games face these days. 8 months of development time isn't much and is a big reason we never get huge features added to the game. Now with a live service model EA is able to not worry as much about timeframes and can build up features for the current releasing game and the future games.
    It's not as simple as I'm about to make it, but now they basically get to constantly work year round on the series and not 8 months on tiny features and a few months on cleaning the game up. Now they can flesh the game out and use updates post launch to continuously add content we might never have gotten before in the old model.
    I type too much.
    Oh yea, and I least not forget to mention that if this renewed focus on franchise is legit then that should mean the CFB game will see a pretty fleshed out Dynasty mode you would think.
    Maybe EA is turning a corner finally. They've got a 2k guy like me salivating out the mouth with regards to the potential of Madden and the CFB series.
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    I still believe the devs wanted this all along, it was the suits that prevented this and the backlash changed their tune. If profits increase or stay steady, they’ll finally see you can focus on singles player and still rake in the money.
    TheBleedingRed21
    I still believe the devs wanted this all along, it was the suits that prevented this and the backlash changed their tune. If profits increase or stay steady, they’ll finally see you can focus on singles player and still rake in the money.
    This is definitely the way things were. Which is why madden has seen so much turnover in their creative lead positions compared to other studios. No one that talented wants the guys in the ivory tower to tell them what to do, so they leave and go somewhere they are allowed to be creative.
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    I seriously can't wait for the scouting. I might be setting myself up for a disappointment but so far I have been really happy with the beta. If the scouting is as good as it looks, this year's Madden will last me a long time.
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    Sphinx
    I seriously can't wait for the scouting. I might be setting myself up for a disappointment but so far I have been really happy with the beta. If the scouting is as good as it looks, this year's Madden will last me a long time.
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    I know it is a very optimistic POV but I think Madden 22 is the launching point for Madden offline franchise mode to take off and get better and better this console generation.
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    Armor and Sword
    I know it is a very optimistic POV but I think Madden 22 is the launching point for Madden offline franchise mode to take off and get better and better this console generation.
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    I feel like they are finally trying to give us the features we have been asking for. I think Madden 22 is going to be a great start. I'm very curious what else they are planning as part of the live service. Obviously scouting is the major feature, so I wonder what minor things they can push out later in the year.
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    Sphinx
    I feel like they are finally trying to give us the features we have been asking for. I think Madden 22 is going to be a great start. I'm very curious what else they are planning as part of the live service. Obviously scouting is the major feature, so I wonder what minor things they can push out later in the year.
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    Me too, I’m intrigued I must say.
    And it plays well enough that if they added more depth then this season will be a blast
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    canes21
    It's a welcomed vision. They better mean it. So many of us on OS have been asking for years for depth to be added and give players the option to toggle what they want to. We know that many people don't want to fool with some things like practices, gameplan, contract negotiations, but by streamlining that stuff like in the past, you're dictating how everyone must play and ruining the experience for those who want depth.
    If you build the mode with depth in mind and allow everything to have a toggle, you can please both the more hardcore player and the casual player. You don't alienate nearly as many people and you also may end up showing some players that they like the depth features more than they ever thought they would. Little Jimmy may learn that he actually loves the team building aspect in a deep franchise more than he actually enjoys the gameplay on the field. Then you'll have a hooked player for years if you continue to build on the mode.
    If EA truly takes the next few years to flesh out franchise mode, create a true sandbox experience, and rivals the depth of NBA 2k, then they will deserve all of the money they'll be raking in at that point.
    I'm starting to truly believe EA means it when they say they have a real focus on franchise now. I'm also starting to become a fan of the live service model. Yes, it sucks that some updates are late and even the scouting one requires a restart, but if I have to deal with that, but don't have to wait til Madden 23 for a new scouting system instead, I'm taking that deal every single time.
    I also feel the live service model might actually be more beneficial for the devs. Its essentially allowing them to extend the cycle of the game past 8 months of development time which not only relieves some of the crunch pressure, but it also allows them to be more ambitious because they now don't have to scrap an idea if it won't be ready by launch. They know it can be a part of a franchise update later on.
    It's entirely possible that the scouting revamp doesn't even happen without the live service model. Without the live service model who is to say they don't prioritize other features and only work on the scouting revamp in the background and we don't get it until Madden 24 instead?
    However, with the live service model they basically get to work on projects that go beyond the 8 month cycle and continuously build onto the series.
    It's a very similar model to what some have suggested before where the game is just called Madden and is no longer released annually, you just get a game called Madden with updates scheduled every X amount of time, and each year you pay for the new rosters and other big ticket items.
    It's a potentially big counter to the small cycle issues the sports games deal with annually which I personally think is the biggest issue sports games face these days. 8 months of development time isn't much and is a big reason we never get huge features added to the game. Now with a live service model EA is able to not worry as much about timeframes and can build up features for the current releasing game and the future games.
    It's not as simple as I'm about to make it, but now they basically get to constantly work year round on the series and not 8 months on tiny features and a few months on cleaning the game up. Now they can flesh the game out and use updates post launch to continuously add content we might never have gotten before in the old model.
    I type too much.
    Oh yea, and I least not forget to mention that if this renewed focus on franchise is legit then that should mean the CFB game will see a pretty fleshed out Dynasty mode you would think.
    Maybe EA is turning a corner finally. They've got a 2k guy like me salivating out the mouth with regards to the potential of Madden and the CFB series.
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    Hiring Deuce Douglas convinced me that they are for real when it comes to Franchise Mode. I'm ready to see what Madden 22 is like and what EA dies moving forward.
    I mean the college game is coming. Gotta believe we'll be able to import draft classes over.
    Scouting is the most important update. Actually, it’s the most important feature in the game. I am thinking I’ll have to buy regardless if it’s everything I’ve been asking for, to reward them for their efforts. Never before have they tried to give us this much (THESE guys; they weren’t there in the Madden Franchise Golden Age).
    ForUntoOblivionSoar∞
    Scouting is the most important update. Actually, it’s the most important feature in the game. I am thinking I’ll have to buy regardless if it’s everything I’ve been asking for, to reward them for their efforts. Never before have they tried to give us this much (THESE guys; they weren’t there in the Madden Franchise Golden Age).
    Everyone that has been begging franchise love should buy and put time in the mode. That will help keep support running in the future.
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    I’m excited that Madden is FINALLY doing these added features for Franchise mode but the fact that a user has to continually restart their franchise in order for the update to be implemented ESPECIALLY on the new consoles - in my opinion - is mind boggling - So basically what you are saying to the franchise consumer is you can purchase the game on Day 1 for the “bells” BUT you won’t get the “whistles” until later - And what happens when the next update occurs - Do we have to restart then? I purchase Madden every year - as I have since back in the PC days of 89’ - but this kind of nonsense is what discourages me
    Teleo
    I’m excited that Madden is FINALLY doing these added features for Franchise mode but the fact that a user has to continually restart their franchise in order for the update to be implemented ESPECIALLY on the new consoles - in my opinion - is mind boggling - So basically what you are saying to the franchise consumer is you can purchase the game on Day 1 for the “bells” BUT you won’t get the “whistles” until later - And what happens when the next update occurs - Do we have to restart then? I purchase Madden every year - as I have since back in the PC days of 89’ - but this kind of nonsense is what discourages me

    None of the updates required a franchise restart last time. The scouting one is the first update to do so. It's also a completely rebuilt feature, so it at least makes sense. The rest of the franchise updates will most likely be like the updates from last year and not be as big nor will they be likely to require a restart.
    If I was a betting man then I would say once the scouting update is pushed through we won't have to worry about restarting a franchise again for any future updates.
    canes21
    None of the updates required a franchise restart last time. The scouting one is the first update to do so. It's also a completely rebuilt feature, so it at least makes sense. The rest of the franchise updates will most likely be like the updates from last year and not be as big nor will they be likely to require a restart.
    If I was a betting man then I would say once the scouting update is pushed through we won't have to worry about restarting a franchise again for any future updates.

    I sure hope so
    Teleo
    I’m excited that Madden is FINALLY doing these added features for Franchise mode but the fact that a user has to continually restart their franchise in order for the update to be implemented ESPECIALLY on the new consoles - in my opinion - is mind boggling - So basically what you are saying to the franchise consumer is you can purchase the game on Day 1 for the “bells” BUT you won’t get the “whistles” until later - And what happens when the next update occurs - Do we have to restart then? I purchase Madden every year - as I have since back in the PC days of 89’ - but this kind of nonsense is what discourages me

    I couldn't disagree more with this.
    First - after playing the beta i don't tink the whistles are being left out until this update... there's a lot of good stuff being delivered on release day.
    Second - The team said their focus of delivering updates that didn't necessitate a restart for M21 resulted in features being dropped or pushed back to 22. So why in the world would you prefer that we get scouting in August 2022 instead of Sept. 2021? That's crazy to me. Yeah a restart isn't ideal, but complaining about getting a **FREE** update to the game a month after launch that is this impactful is just silly.
    And if you don't want the update for scouting - you don't have to restart your franchise. It's not forced. If playing a franchise with less features is your thing then you'll certainly have the option to do that.
    ForUntoOblivionSoar∞
    Scouting is the most important update. Actually, it’s the most important feature in the game. I am thinking I’ll have to buy regardless if it’s everything I’ve been asking for, to reward them for their efforts. Never before have they tried to give us this much (THESE guys; they weren’t there in the Madden Franchise Golden Age).

    I have been one of those "buy used" people for a few years now, but I preordered this year with their emphasis on Franchise. I feel like putting my money where my mouth is to prove the #FixMaddenFranchise point. I just hope the Devs keep getting the opportunity to improve the mode so many of us love.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    I couldn't disagree more with this.
    First - after playing the beta i don't tink the whistles are being left out until this update... there's a lot of good stuff being delivered on release day.
    Second - The team said their focus of delivering updates that didn't necessitate a restart for M21 resulted in features being dropped or pushed back to 22. So why in the world would you prefer that we get scouting in August 2022 instead of Sept. 2021? That's crazy to me. Yeah a restart isn't ideal, but complaining about getting a **FREE** update to the game a month after launch that is this impactful is just silly.
    And if you don't want the update for scouting - you don't have to restart your franchise. It's not forced. If playing a franchise with less features is your thing then you'll certainly have the option to do that.

    Woah - man - relax - All I’m saying is that I’ve played Madden for years - as I’ve stated - since 89’ - so I’ve seen their pattern when it comes to restarts - No one wants to play a game in 2022 so I don’t understand your point in that comment - Lots of hostility man - Im just a huge supporter of Madden as you are - Just don’t want to have to keep restarting is all I’m saying - of course the choice is ALWAYS mine - WOW - Thank you for letting me know
    Teleo
    Woah - man - relax - All I’m saying is that I’ve played Madden for years - as I’ve stated - since 89’ - so I’ve seen their pattern when it comes to restarts - No one wants to play a game in 2022 so I don’t understand your point in that comment - Lots of hostility man - Im just a huge supporter of Madden as you are - Just don’t want to have to keep restarting is all I’m saying - of course the choice is ALWAYS mine - WOW - Thank you for letting me know

    Not trying to be hostile man. I just don't get the point of comments that complain about restarts when we're getting new features - especially when they're (potentially) this big.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Not trying to be hostile man. I just don't get the point of comments that complain about restarts when we're getting new features - especially when they're (potentially) this big.

    My post wasn’t one of “complaining” but of “concern” - I pointed out in my very opening sentence that I’m “excited” - that’s all I’m going to say on this topic because I’m not going to turn this into bashing Madden
    I'd much rather they deliver the Scouting overhaul this year, even it won't work with existing franchise saves, than they push it back a year.
    Hopefully the livestream teases other upcoming improvements, like the Franchise roadmap they released last August.
    If Franchise development continues for the next two development cycles at the pace we've seen over the past year, then the three days of the #FixMaddenFranchise uproar will be remembered as one of the most significant events in the history of Madden.
    YabaDaba

    Hopefully the livestream teases other upcoming improvements, like the Franchise roadmap they released last August.

    Totally agree if not at least in the coming weeks. Having that upfront direction is good for us so we can plan and hold them accountable but also for them to have easy Ws ( if implemented well) to show the benefits of the “live service “ model.
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    Mr.Tennessee
    Totally agree if not at least in the coming weeks. Having that upfront direction is good for us so we can plan and hold them accountable but also for them to have easy Ws ( if implemented well) to show the benefits of the “live service “ model.
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    I agree. Even if it is a rough timeline, it would be nice to see a road map this year of what else is being added to Franchise via live services. If it is a September, November, January live service updates, at least we know when and what is coming
    illwill10
    I agree. Even if it is a rough timeline, it would be nice to see a road map this year of what else is being added to Franchise via live services. If it is a September, November, January live service updates, at least we know when and what is coming

    If I see the words January/February "Contract System Overhaul" I will lose my mind. From what Swami has said it sounds like that's more of a M23 goal, but I've been dreaming about that for years and it sounds like it's finally on the horizon.
    illwill10
    I agree. Even if it is a rough timeline, it would be nice to see a road map this year of what else is being added to Franchise via live services. If it is a September, November, January live service updates, at least we know when and what is coming

    Sounded like they would release 3 updates for franchise this year like last year also. The first is scouting. Agreed, it would be great to know what the other 2 are. Knowing this would also help people on the fence like me about buying and making an informed decision...
    I went from being against the live service model, but I've turned into a fan. We wouldn't have a scouting overhaul this year without it. I also feel it helps them counter the short 8 month dev cycle that has hurt all sports games as games have gotten more complex.
    The live service model in theory should allow them to try and go after bigger fish and bring further more significant features that in the past were shot down because they'd not be ready by launch. The scouting update is a prime example of something we may not have gotten at all if the new model wasn't here.
    We have heard of feature after feature that was proposed but shot down because of the time it would take to create. Those proposals were then never really explored again for years.
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    More than anything I just like the transparency from EA this year. Everyone knows what up going in. I usually do a pilot Franchise anyway to test sliders and see what potential issues there may be in the mode before delving too deep so I'm cool. I do understand the frustration some have with having to restart the whole mode.
    Like others have said I'd rather get as much into the current game as possible. EA could have easily saved the scouting update for M23 to add another bullet point to franchise improvements but they didn't. This is the type of live content or game as service stuff I like. I couldn't care any less for MUT or The Yard additions but I'm here for the franchise stuff, as much as they want to add.
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    PhillyPhanatic14
    I couldn't disagree more with this.
    First - after playing the beta i don't tink the whistles are being left out until this update... there's a lot of good stuff being delivered on release day.
    Second - The team said their focus of delivering updates that didn't necessitate a restart for M21 resulted in features being dropped or pushed back to 22. So why in the world would you prefer that we get scouting in August 2022 instead of Sept. 2021? That's crazy to me. Yeah a restart isn't ideal, but complaining about getting a **FREE** update to the game a month after launch that is this impactful is just silly.
    And if you don't want the update for scouting - you don't have to restart your franchise. It's not forced. If playing a franchise with less features is your thing then you'll certainly have the option to do that.

    On top of all this… you’re restarting anyway due to final rosters dropping for the start of the NFL season and that’s when most leagues start anyway!!!
    PhillyPhanatic14
    If I see the words January/February "Contract System Overhaul" I will lose my mind. From what Swami has said it sounds like that's more of a M23 goal, but I've been dreaming about that for years and it sounds like it's finally on the horizon.

    dvdsaba
    Sounded like they would release 3 updates for franchise this year like last year also. The first is scouting. Agreed, it would be great to know what the other 2 are. Knowing this would also help people on the fence like me about buying and making an informed decision...

    The earliest I would pay is after Black Friday. So, I have an idea of what is to come, I might willing to buy the game(at a discounted price) if I know what else is coming to Franchise. By late November, hopefully the second live update is patched in. While most are likely to not require a restart, I don't want to start a Franchise until it is "complete" . I don't want to be in year 3, and then get something like updated contracts. But that's how I am anyway. I won't start a mode if there is a real life heavily rumored trade being speculated lol. I remember one year with 2k, I didn't start a mode until after trade deadline in February because there were speculated trades that never happened
    I'm still somewhat on the fence about live service updates for Franchise. I understand and appreciate all the positives. We wouldn't have gotten scouting if not for the live service update. If these live updates can allow the developers to focus on different features for franchise for the next year, I'm all for it. For all we know, if not for the live service updates, the features we were to get this year, would have been the main upgrades for next year. My only gripe is for an annual sports game I don't like the idea of waiting for a something to be added to an offline mode. I'm not going tplay ay a sports game year round, so I would like to get the full experience when I do.
    jetMFset
    I hope they expanded upon draft class generated faces and have they player model actually match the portrait. Serious pet peeve for years now

    Would be nice but EA historically struggles with attention to detail/effort to things like this. Would be surprised if this part is any different than the demo. Would be nice if the announcers could say edited player names (like any other eSport game) and more player customization options like in The Yard as well.

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