Madden NFL 18 Gameplay Designer Clint Oldenburg joins us to answer all of your community questions about Madden 18 Graphics & Presentation. Madden 18’s release date is set for August 25th with the G.O.A.T. Edition being released 3 days earlier on August 22nd with Ultimate Team mode bonuses.

So what kind of improvements can we see with weather in the Frostbite engine?

It definitely looks different. You’re going to see improved visuals in the snow and the rain. In terms of actual functionality, not much. The player degradation is going to be a lot better, and you’re going to see that evolve overtime. But I think you’re going to see more weather features moving forward in the next two-to-three years.

Being the first year coming over on Frostbite, year one on a new engine is generally about “Let’s get the game on this thing. Let’s get it working, see what we got.” Year two year three on an engine is where you’re going to see, you know, the weather stuff. Visual “Oh my gosh, it’s snowing. I feel slower. It’s raining, so I can’t catch the ball.” Or whatever. Stuff like that, that’s where year two year three is gonna be big.

We’ve definitely seen some improvement as far as the stadiums. Can you talk about some of those improvements you’ve done this year?

Yeah. Another great thing Frostbite gives us is stadium exteriors and also the pregame stuff with the fireworks, and the pregame intros. Have you seen those yet? Yeah, those are cool. That’s more stuff Frostbite is giving us to make the game literally photorealistic, and on par with Battlefield.

One thing I noticed was the sidelines. Are there 3D models on the sidelines now? One time I saw a guy help my guy up. I’ve seen coaches move out of the way.

A new feature is the sideline interactions. There are occasions when the guy will go out of bounds and have an interaction with the sideline character. The coach, as you said, the coach will pick players up off the ground and stuff like that.

We’ve seen that amazing screenshot from the Xbox One X, can you talk a little about the improvements of things we can see with the Xbox One X, PS Pro, and 4K?

We’re actually not at liberty to talk about that yet. There will be an announcement coming in the next couple days. All I can say at this time is that we will support it.

That wraps up today’s interview, in case you missed it check out the Madden 18 Franchise Details and Madden 18 Gameplay Details articles as well.
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