The Madden NFL 23 team provided a list of improvements and upgrades that will be fixed or tweaked prior to launch based on closed beta feedback. The latest Gridiron Notes highlights feedback from gameplay, Franchise Mode, Face of the Franchise and The Yard.
Below are some of the details in bullet form, but make sure to read the full blog here.
- Don’t Drastically Change the Game/Leave Coverage Reaction Time Alone (670 Votes – 514 Comments)
- DEV NOTE: The number one feedback topic we received! Rest assured Madden community, our vision of game balance is consistent with yours and the gameplay you experienced in the Closed Beta is what you’ll be playing on launch day. There has been polish added and bugs fixed from players’ feedback to make it even better, but the overall experience will be as you played in the Closed Beta.
- Pulling Lineman are too slow/too indecisive (221 Votes – 125 Comments)
- DEV NOTE: Tuning and AI changes were made to make pulling linemen be more explosive through the line of scrimmage. And on top of the foundational improvements, you’ll have to keep an eye on the Speed (SPD) rating of the pulling lineman, as slower OL’s could force you to lay off the acceleration mechanic while he navigates and faster OL’s will get through quicker allowing you to accelerate sooner on the play.
- Pass Blocking isn’t strong enough/Too many ‘Insta-sheds’ (192 Votes – 191 Comments)
- DEV NOTE: As noted in the Closed Beta Gridiron Notes, there was a bug causing super-wins to trigger too frequently early in the Closed Beta which was a primary contributor to the overpowered feeling. Looking at overall defensive gameplay, having a powerful pass rush is critical to the balance of the game, and the pass rush at launch is still going to be more powerful than it was in Madden NFL 22.
Madden NFL 23 officially releases on August 19. By pre-ordering the Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition before August 18, fans will receive a variety of benefits including 3-day early access, 4600 Madden Points, Dual Entitlement to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version, Exclusive Early Access Challenges, and more.
A special All-Madden Team Elite Player item will also be included if you order the Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition by July 22. Those who are members of EA Play can also play Madden NFL 23 early through a 10-hour trial starting three days before launch, and they will also receive exclusive in-game benefits every month.