The Madden 22 train moves full-speed ahead this week. EA revealed a set of new Madden 22 features called Dynamic Gameday this morning. The Dynamic Gameplay trailer highlights three major changes coming to next-gen Madden 22: Gameday Atmosphere, Gameday Momentum, and Next-Gen Stats Star-Driven AI. Let’s just say that Madden fans who wish more letters had Factors are in for a real treat.
Madden 22 Dynamic Gameday Feature
Madden 22’s Dynamic Gameday focuses on three main features coming to Madden on next-gen consoles. First is Gameday Atmosphere, EA’s attempt to turn a house into a home.
Gameday Atmosphere is a collection of additions that make traveling to each stadium feel like a unique experience. The trailer includes updated broadcast packages, new celebrations and crowd animations, and the tantalizing reveal of the “Super Fan.” Gameday Atmosphere also means a renewed focus on disruptive crowd noise. If your home crowd is loud enough, the crown noise can cause players to miss audibles and hot routes. These features play into the next aspect of Dynamic Gameplay: Gameday Momentum.
Gameday Momentum introduces the M-Factor mechanic to Madden 22. As a game progresses, your performance will cause the momentum bar to shift. As it shifts, teams can unlock M-Factors. These M-Factors give a team benefits meant to simulate the momentum gained or lost during a game.
The introduction of M-Factors feeds into Madden 22’s attempt at Home-Field Advantage. First, the home team will always have one extra M-Factor slot, to represent the difficulty of playing on the road. Then, each stadium will have its own unique M-Factor as well. The trailer offers some examples.
- The Seattle Seahawks have the 12th man. The noise in Lumen Field makes play-art hard to see.
- The wind in Soldier Field makes it more difficult to kick field goals.
- At Mile High Stadium, players have less stamina reserves.
The trailer also talks about Madden’s continued focus on using the NFL’s Next Gen Stats system. In Madden 22, player and team AI tendencies will be driven by their evolving Next Gen Stats. A team’s overall tendencies will evolve over the course of the season based on how their players evolve. With all these combined, Madden 22 Dynamic Gameday hopes to deliver a unique experience playing as and against each team.
Madden 22 Gameplay Improvements
The end of the trailer highlights a few core gameplay improvements coming to Madden 22. Generally, movement will be improved and updated. As a result, several aspects of gameplay should feel more rewarding. For example, the trailer promises more control when it comes to catching the ball, including improved sideline catching. Another interesting example is that the size of the ball carrier will determine how they fall during a tackle. Bigger, stronger ball carriers are more likely to fall forward and get extra yards, while quicker carriers won’t carry the same forward momentum.
Madden 22 launches worldwide on August 20, 2021 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and 5, and PC.
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