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Madden 22 December Title Update Features New X-Factor Players

The Madden 22 December title update is here and it features key updates to franchise, gameplay, NFL authenticity, and Dev Trait placements. The gameplay fixes feature changes to defensive logic in various situation, but most notably on RPO plays. The franchise updates are to minor things relative to madden share and various crashes, including when beginning a real life roster league.

The biggest news from the Madden 22 December title update is the adjustment of development traits for selected players. The update demoted 10 players to star or lower, and 6 players to superstar from X-Factor. It also features promotions to 12 new superstars and 7 new X-factors.

For more Madden 22 news, including new info about EA’s previously promised Franchise Mode updates, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages. You can find the full patch notes for the December title update below.

Key Highlights:

  • New X-Factor Superstar Players
  • Improvements to defending RPO plays
  • Various Franchise issues fixed

Madden 22 Title Update Patch Notes

Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 Patch Notes

NFL Authenticity Updates:

  • Authenticity adjustments to 1990’s Lions helmet
  • Added Rams 1994 Throwback
  • Saints 2000 Gold & 1980’s Home/Away Throwbacks added
  • Added Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s beard
  • Updated Saints endzone seats
  • Added Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s “Meditate” Touchdown celebration

Superstar X-Factors:

New X-Factor Players:

  • Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
  • Bills QB Josh Allen
  • Rams WR Cooper Kupp
  • Washington WR Terry McLaurin
  • Steelers DL Cameron Heyward
  • Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf

Players Upgraded to Superstars:

  • Chargers QB Justin Herbert
  • 49ers WR Deebo Samuel
  • Chargers RB Austin Ekeler
  • Browns OG Wyatt Teller
  • Saints CB Marshon Lattimore
  • Cowboys DB Trevon Diggs
  • Patriots LB Matt Judon
  • Chargers WR Mike Williams
  • Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase
  • Buccaneers DT Vita Vea
  • Ravens TE Mark Andrews
  • Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen

Dev Note: Be on the lookout for another ability update towards the end of the season! Already on the watch list are Colts RB Jonathan Taylor, Falcons RB Cordarelle Patterson, and Patriots DB JC Jackson.

Players Downgraded to Superstar:

  • Titans WR Julio Jones
  • Seahawks DB Jamal Adams
  • Saints WR Michael Thomas
  • Cardinals DE J.J. Watt
  • Patriots DB Devin McCourty
  • Dolphins DB Xavien Howard

Players Downgraded to No Abilities

  • Giants RB Saquon Barkley
  • Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr
  • Giants WR Kenny Golladay
  • Bears WR Allen Robinson
  • Jaguars DE Josh Allen
  • Bills WR Cole Beasley
  • Patriots OL Trent Brown
  • Dolphins DB Byron Jones
  • Packers DL Kenny Clark
  • Buccaneers OL Ali Marpet

Ability Updates

  • Pick Artist: Tuning to significantly reduce knock-out chance after the catch has been secured; this will prevent knock-outs caused by contact from either an opponent receiver or a teammate defender.

Gameplay Updates:

  • Added logic for defenders to attack the QB more aggressively when scrambling on RPO and WR screen plays
  • Added logic for defenders to recognize ineligible players downfield on RPO and screen plays so they can break into pursuit faster to attack the ball carrier
  • Tuning to improve the pursuit of the Pitch and Read defenders on RPO Read plays so they’ll pursue the QB when he keeps the ball after not initially choosing to key on the QB
  • Fixed an issue causing the Read defender to tackle the WR on RPO’s
  • Fixed issue causing Tight End streaks to take an outside release stem at the beginning of the route
  • Tuning to Kick Power so that kickers with 99 KPW will now have the capability to make 66-yard field goals in the right conditions
    • DEV NOTE: Because we saw a new NFL Record for FG Distance this year by Ravens K Justin Tucker, we have updated the max kick distance to reflect this amazing accomplishment. In order to pull off a 66-yard FG, you will need to achieve max kick power while pointing the kick arc all the way down, while also not having wind/weather negatively impacting the kick.
  • Fixed an issue sometimes preventing the defensive player from making adjustments after flipping the play
  • Improved a DB Press animation that was taking the receiver too far off his route
  • Fixed an issue preventing Play Art from always showing up in Co-Op Offline Franchise games
  • Tuning to improve Tight Ends catching the ball in the flat when thrown by a CPU-controlled QB
  • Tuning to improve pursuit angles vs. ball carriers using ‘Truck’ in the open field

Franchise Updates: 

  • Fixed an issue where downloading a Draft Class through Scouting would sometimes cause a disconnect or crash
  • Fixed an issue where creating a league using Real-Life Rosters would result in an error
  • Fixes to crashes occurring when selecting download from Madden Share while using the Real-Life Regular Season Week 1 starting point.
  • Fixed an issue where users would see an error message when creating a Cloud franchise using the Real-Life Roster option and Regular Season starting point
  • General stability improvements
  • Fixed an issue with simulation stats in offline Franchises where every Quarterback’s longest pass would be 25 yards

Madden ID Updates:

  • Stability improvements

Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Stadia Patch Notes

Key Highlights:

  • New Superstar X-Factor Players
  • Various Franchise issues fixed

NFL Authenticity Updates:

  • Authenticity adjustments made to 1990’s Lions helmet
  • Rams 1994 Throwback added
  • Saints 2000 Gold & 1980’s Home/Away Throwbacks added
  • Mike McCarthy beard added
  • Saints endzone seats updated
  • Colts Crowd clipping fixed

Superstar X-Factors:

New X-Factor Players:

  • Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
  • Bills QB Josh Allen
  • Rams WR Cooper Kupp
  • Washington WR Terry McLaurin
  • Steelers DL Cameron Heyward
  • Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf

Players Upgraded to Superstars:

  • Chargers QB Justin Herbert
  • 49ers WR Deebo Samuel
  • Chargers RB Austin Ekeler
  • Browns OG Wyatt Teller
  • Saints CB Marshon Lattimore
  • Cowboys DB Trevon Diggs
  • Patriots LB Matt Judon
  • Chargers WR Mike Williams
  • Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase
  • Buccaneers DT Vita Vea
  • Ravens TE Mark Andrews
  • Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen

Dev Note: Be on the lookout for another ability update towards the end of the season! Already on the watch list are Colts RB Jonathan Taylor, Falcons RB Cordarelle Patterson, and Patriots DB JC Jackson.

Players Downgraded to Superstar:

  • Titans WR Julio Jones
  • Seahawks DB Jamal Adams
  • Saints WR Michael Thomas
  • Cardinals DE J.J. Watt
  • Patriots DB Devin McCourty
  • Dolphins DB Xavien Howard

Players Downgraded to No Abilities

  • Giants RB Saquon Barkley
  • Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr
  • Giants WR Kenny Golladay
  • Bears WR Allen Robinson
  • Jaguars DE Josh Allen
  • Bills WR Cole Beasley
  • Patriots OL Trent Brown
  • Dolphins DB Byron Jones
  • Packers DL Kenny Clark
  • Buccaneers OL Ali Marpet

Ability Updates

  • Pick Artist: Tuning to significantly reduce knock-out chance after the catch has been secured; this will prevent knock-outs caused by contact from either an opponent receiver or a teammate defender.

Gameplay Updates:

  • Fixed an issue with declining a friendly quit

Franchise Updates: 

  • Fixed an issue where downloading a Draft Class through Scouting would sometimes cause a disconnect or crash
  • Fixes to an issue where creating a league using Real-Life Rosters would result in an error
  • Fixed a crash when selecting download from Madden Share while using the Real-Life Regular Season Week 1 starting point
  • Fixes to an issue where users would see an error message when creating a Cloud franchise using the Real-Life Roster option and Regular Season starting point
  • General stability improvements

Madden ID Updates:

  •  Stability improvements

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