Today, EA Sports released the third September title update for Madden NFL 20. In correlation with the patch, EA also dropped another edition of Gridiron Notes, containing all of the patch notes for today’s update. Madden 20 is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Here is a detailed breakdown of what’s included in today’s title update.

MADDEN 20 SEPTEMBER TITLE UPDATE #3

Today’s patch is covers a variety of modes, including online gameplay, Face of the Franchise: QB1, Superstar KO, Ultimate Team, franchise and more.

Per EA, the key updates in today’s patch are as follows:

  • Tackling animation improvements:
    • Added new tackling animations that prevent the ball carrier from falling forward when losing a stiff-arm attempt
    • Tuning to decrease the effectiveness of late stiff arms (those that start when already in a tackle)
    • Fixed an issue preventing a tackle from aligning on a broken tackle during the catch
    • Tuning to reduce the match distance for hit stick tackles
    • Fixed an issue allowing hit sticks to still connect even after an earlier attempt would result in a whiff
    • Fixed an issue sometimes preventing a tackle from triggering when diving at a QB in the pocket
    • Fixed an issue causing both the defender and ball carrier to fall to the ground awkwardly after a fumble
    • Fixed an issue sometimes causing the ball to slide back to the QB when getting tackled during a toss
    • Fixed an issue sometimes allowing the ball carrier to go back into a running state when getting hit during a dive
    • Tuning to make cut-stick tackles more effective
  • Fixed an exploit with pump-fake mechanic
  • Tuning to increase catch frequency for user-controlled defenders on interceptions
  • Tuning to decrease reaction time for man coverage defenders after losing vs. the cut move when covering zig routes

The online meta since Madden 20’s release has been a run heavy offense and a blitz happy defense. Competitive Madden players, when playing one another, pass less than 10 times per game. Running the ball this much has caused players to notice significant flaws in AI defenders. Specifically, pursuit angles and tackling are two of the biggest issues.

Today’s patch appears to try to address a lot of the tackling problems players have experienced for the better part of two months. If a future patch can tune or improve defensive pursuit logic, the running meta may finally change.

You can read more about the Madden NFL 20 September title update #3 notes here.

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