This is an early look at what you can expect from the Madden 18 release date and what you need to know about new Madden 18 features and upgrades. We’ll also walk through when you can expect to see Madden 18 gameplay videos and screenshots. If you are able to travel we’ll also share when you can play Madden 18 before the public release date.
EA confirmed Madden 18 in a call with investors that includes new details about the games and a big piece of news about the Madden 18 graphics. EA still isn’t talking publicly about the Madden 18 cover athlete and gameplay, but they are inviting gamers to play Madden 18 early.
In late March EA started scanning in players and coaches for Madden 18. We saw coaches on the sidelines giving angry looks after losing in Madden 17 and with Frostbite we could see more coach animations.
After we uncovered a job listing for EA Sports connecting Madden 18 to Frostbite EA formally announced the conversion of Madden NFL 18 to Frostbite.
Once again we’ll pass through the year without NCAA 18 to deliver college football, which leaves us with the NFL as the main option. Here’s a breakdown of the Madden 18 release details;
- Madden 18 Release Date
- Madden 18 Gameplay
- EA Play Madden 18 Details
- Madden 18 Frostbite & Graphics
- New Madden 18 Features
- Madden 18 for Xbox 360 and PS3
Let’s take an early look at the Madden 18 release date, potential features and when you can expect to see Madden 18 screenshots and gameplay.
Madden 18 Release Date
The Madden 18 release date is in August. There is no official announcement yet, but for the last 10 years, the new Madden game arrived in August.
In addition to hitting store shelves right before the start of the NFL season, the game needs to arrive ahead of NHL 18 and FIFA 18 in a very crowded release calendar.
The odds are very good that the Madden 18 release date is August 22nd or possibly August 29th. We do expect another early release for some users. EA Access on the Xbox One offers the ability to play new EA games five days early, which means many gamers can play on August 17th or August 24th if all holds the same as last year.
Madden 18 Gameplay & Screenshots
You can expect to get your first glimpse at an official Madden 18 video in late April or early May. EA typically offers a teaser with a little bit of information about the game.
It’s very likely that this will be cinematic and not show actual Madden 18 gameplay. The short video will likely use the in-game engine, but it will be closer to what you see in replays than it is the final gameplay.
A better opportunity for Madden 18 gameplay videos and screenshots will come at EA Play in June. This is an event by EA that runs around E3 where gamers can come to experience the new EA games.
Madden 18 Demo & Early Play
You shouldn’t count on a Madden 18 demo that you can play on your own PS4 or Xbox One, but if you go to EA Play you will be able to play Madden 18 early.
Last year gamers were able to play Madden and FIFA early as well as other games and EA confirmed that this is happening again in 2017. You may not be able to record the gameplay at all, but you are be able to experience part of the game.
Madden 18 Graphics
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 27, 2017
We will see a major change in Madden 18 graphics this year. Last year EA Sports brought Frostbite to FIFA 17, and said it was planning to do the same for other EA Sports titles. In an investor document, EA announced the transition from Madden 18 to Frostbite for 2017.
EA states, “Our Madden NFL franchise will transition to the Frostbite engine with Madden NFL 18, unlocking major visual advancements and new gameplay experiences that will excite dedicated Madden players, football fans, and sports fans overall.”
In the photo above Rams coach Sean McVay is shown getting captured for Madden 18. This is his first time getting animated for the game. NFL rookies are also going through the same process to prepare for Madden 18 animations.
EA is already hiring for Madden testers who will check the game for NFL accuracy and the EA Sports Studio responsible for Madden 18 is currently seeking someone proficient in Frostbite who will work on Madden audio, which could signal that we will see upgraded graphics, new presentation options and off the field moments.
This new engine can render on the field footage as well as off-field footage using the same engine. This means that we could see new locker room presentation and better sideline presentation.
In addition to delivering a new look for the game, there is a chance that this could open up a new opportunity for a story style mode or a more in depth Ultimate Team experience.
In FIFA 17 we saw a story mode where you controlled the fate of a young up and coming player. There is some hope that Madden 18 will include a mode where you take control of a fictional college player and run them through the process of getting into an NFL team.
This could include a fictional college game as well as workouts and running through the NFL combine and then to a professional team. This mode is currently speculation, but if Madden 18 runs on Frostbite it could become a reality.
Madden 18 Features
In addition to our hope for a new mode that draws us into the game more, we are hoping for a variety of new Madden 18 features. Evey year EA fine tunes a number of items and upgrades whole sections of gameplay completely. We’ve seen Madden Ultimate Team become easier to use and more player focused, but there is still room for upgrades to the game.
We are hopeful that EA will fine tune the officiating and finally allow players to challenge botched calls. most of the time the Challenge option is not available in Madden 17. In the video above the game straight up misses a fumble and in other instances completely miss the call on a recovered fumble.
On top of fixing those issues, there is an opportunity for major Madden 18 features upgrades this year. In Madden Ultimate Team we’d love to see an easier way to manage the sets and see where the best place to put earned items is. An iPad app or online mode of managing would be amazing.
Other small changes that we would love to see include more weather related ball handling when passing and catching, better clock management by the computer controlled teams (which is currently laughably predictable) and refinements to the passing game.
Madden 18 Xbox 360 and PS3
We are on the edge of EA Sports cutting off support for older consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360, but there is still a chance that we will see a PS3 and Xbox 360 Madden 18 release this year.
EA previously supported the Xbox for four years after the Xbox 360 arrived and supported the PS2 for six years after the newer consoles came out.
If we see the older consoles get a new Madden 18 this year it may be the last or at least a slimmed down version of it.