Like it or not, Ultimate Team modes are the big moneymaker for sports games today.
That franchise mode you enjoy? It wouldn’t be here anymore without the success of Ultimate Team modes. Every year, more and more people are piling into the card-based team building modes and creating their own squads and competing.
This ultimately (get it?) results in the modes getting more and more developer time. Yesterday, EA Sports posted a new Madden NFL 18 blog on the changes to this year’s ultimate team mode.
New Ovr Formula
EA has heavily tweaked how Ovr’s are calculated. The long and short version is that it’ll take bigger attribute changes to move the Ovr rating appreciably.
There are now going to be more variety to your packs, and a few other new twists added to this year’s Ultimate Team mode in Madden NFL 18.
You’ll now be able to upgrade components to your squad (most notably players) in Madden NFL 18’s Ultimate Team Mode. These will add additional value long-term to card packs. Obviously, this means that a card that isn’t so great could end up that way.
Upgrades can be earned through a variety of methods, but the end result is that you can end up with a card that’s a lot better than the one you originally received.
Simply put: silver, gold, and elite cards are different levels this year.
Trading Block Changes
Also, EA considered heavily removing the trading block from Madden NFL 18’s Ultimate Team mode. Instead of taking that drastic of an action, they’re instead moving in a new direction with the trading block.
Any items that you trade are no longer eligible for auction.