Madden 19 hype is in full swing as EA announces a new Madden 19 release date for a surprise system, changes to the game and new Madden 19 features that you will be able to experience in August.
This is what you need to know about Madden 19 as the game kicks off and we start to see our first look at the graphics upgrades and changes from Madden 18.
Updated with PC release date, new Madden 19 trailer and details on the story mode that is back for Madden 19 after EA Play 2018 wrapped up.
Madden 19 Release Date
The Madden 19 release date is August 10th. This is much earlier than we’ve seen in previous years and it may be due to every other game pushing their schedule up by about a month.
With the Madden 19 Hall of Fame Edition, gamers can play on August 7th. This special edition includes Terrell Owns on the cover and offers up extra bonus items. GameStop already lists Madden NFL 19 for pre-order on Xbox One and PS4 and we expect to see other retailers join in soon.
EA surprised gamers by announcing the Madden 19 PC release this year, that is coming alongside the new Origin Access Premiere subscription plan. This will include Anthem, Battlefield V, FIFA 19 and early access.
EA Access members can play Madden 19 on August 2nd on Xbox One. There is no EA Access for the PS4. This used to be the full game, but last year we saw that only a small portion of the Longshot story mode was available in this early release. If you buy EA Access now, you can play Madden 18 right now at no extra charge.
Madden 19 Price
There are two Madden 19 editions and prices. Don’t expect any more super special editions.
Madden 19 is $59.99 and the Madden 19 Hall of Fame Edition is $79.99.
If you want another Elite Legends Player, you will likely be able to get a $19.99 DLC from GameStop or in the game to upgrade or add another Legend to your MUT team.
Madden 19 Features & Graphics
We saw the Madden 18 game arrive with Xbox One X enhanced graphics this year and we will definitely see better graphics on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X with the Madden 19 release. This means you will play in 4K and you will have HDR support, which helps make the stadiums and players look more realistic. Expect to see EA build on the foundation they had in Madden 18. It helps that Madden shares the engine with FIFA and Battlefield games, so progress in one game can carry over to other games.
“We’ve worked directly with community members on Madden NFL 19 to make a deeper, more immersive football game that gives players what they want – more choice, more control, and key enhancements to fan-favorite modes,” said Carlos Guerrero, Sr. Producer on Madden NFL 19. “Real Player Motion technology combined with all new franchise-building tools like Positional Archetypes and the return of Custom Draft Classes are features that football fans will find fun and engaging. Madden NFL 19 steps up the authentic football experience in so many ways.”
EA details three major upgrades for Madden 19 in their latest announcement. This is to the player control, Madden Ultimate Team and MUT Squads and to Connected Franchise Mode. Here’s what’s new in Madden 19.
Madden 19 Player Control & Upgrades
In Madden 19 you will take advantage of Real Player Motion to get more control of the player. EA says this will deliver, “realistic character movements and animation variety, creating authentic movement unique to positions and body types that delivers game-changing control and precision on the field.” Here’s a closer look at some of the new Madden 19 player moves.
- Sharp Cuts – Now you can make a sharp cut instead of a rounded turn to stay in at the edge of the field.
- One-Cut – You can activate a special acceleration burst if you time the button press right and you get one per play.
- Strafe Burst – On Defense you can accelerate out of the strafe to counter a One-Cut move.
- Special Move Chains – EA calls this branching special moves. It will allow you to chain together a juke and a spin and back to a juke if you need to get out of a sticky situation.
- Hit the Hole – Flick the RS towards a gap and skip through a smaller hole.
- Push the Pile – Move the pile forward when there is no hole, without getting caught up on your own blockers.
With this new feature you will be able to better hit the holes in the D line and seamlessly run for more yardage. This sounds like an excellent upgrade if EA is able to deliver on this promise.
Madden 19 Catching Upgrades
With Madden 19 you can expect better catching interactions thanks to a new Mid-Air Collision system. This will help you go to the high point of the pass and get more control if you prefer to user-control your receivers.
Defenders can now decide if they want to take on the pass, or wait and take on the player. If you take on the player you can gear up for a big hit to make the pass incomplete, or you can play the ball and try for an interception.
If you are playing as the receiver you need to pay attention to the pass. If it is high and you try a RAC catch you may miss the ball completely.
Madden 19 Tackling Upgrades
EA upgrades tackling in Madden 19 with visual upgrades and changes to the physics for a more realistic visual representation. Here’s what you can expect.
“Our players will see tackles influenced by momentum, speed, and weight with our new Momentum Tackle system that ensures tackles play out as expected based on how the players started the tackle. When a defensive back is standing still or strafing to make a conservative tackle on a big, bowling-ball type of back running at him with a full head of steam, you’ll see the defensive back get taken for a ride while getting that back on the ground. Conversely, if the running back is trying to change directions and gets popped by a big linebacker running downhill, the running back will take the force of that hit and fall down in the appropriate manner.”
You’ll also see new hit stick animations and players will get up more realistically at the end of a play.
Madden 19 QB Upgrades
EA incorporates the behaviors and special touches of QBs throughout the league. This includes mannerisms and fidgets before the snap, pre-snap adjustments and audio.
This will sync up for supported QBs and you will see the fidgets, familiar pre-snap adjustments and hear familiar barks of commands when something needs to happen before the snap.
Madden Ultimate Team Changes for Madden 19
There is a new Solo Battles mode for Madden Ultimate Team. This is a reward driven game mode that will put you up against other players as you complete single player challenges to get the best rewards and battle for the top spot.
MUT Squads returns and you can now team up with two other friends to take n the computer in tough MUT Squads challenges that will force you to work harder than ever.
Madden 19 Connected Franchise Mode
Daniel Williams, a Madden Writer with EA Sports outlines the changes to Madden 19 Connected Franchise Mode.
“A longtime favorite mode in the Madden community is Connected Franchise. This mode gives players the ultimate NFL experience. With Madden NFL 19, in addition to controlling the NFL team of your choosing, you’ll be able to adjust the roster to completely fit your scheme and gameplan thanks to Player Positional Archetypes, which help determine which players are the best fit. Improve how well your roster and scheme match as you earn XP and spend Skill Points to boost specific skill sets.”
Additional franchise upgrades include;
“In Madden NFL 19 Franchise Mode, players can choose the offensive and defensive schemes that best fit their playstyle as they compete in single player and/or multiplayer seasons. Schemes are also linked to a new intuitive progression system – based on authentic positional archetypes – that give virtual coaches the tools and the big decision to either win now or build their squad for the future. NFL fans will also have a top community-requested feature with the introduction of Custom Draft Class Creator where fans can create their own draft classes featuring players from the past and present for use in Franchise.”
Madden 19 LongShot Homecoming
The Longshot Story mode is back in Madden 19. More than 80% of players finished this mode in Madden 18, and EA is continuing the store with Devin Wade and Colt Cruise. The new mode is called Longshot Homecoming and it will continue the journey into the pros, both on and off the field.
Wade starts training camp with the Dallas Cowboys and Cruise tries to get another shot at the NFL while dealing with off-field obligations. You’ll also be able to play as Devin and Colt in Franchise and MUT modes.
Madden 19 Celebrations
After you score, you can now pick your celebration. This will allow you to taunt the other team easily and bring a little of what some of us love, or hate, from FIFA. Here are the celebrations you can choose;
- RS UP – Team/Group Celebration
- RS RIGHT – Spike
- RS DOWN – Player Signature
- RS LEFT – Dance
- RS CLICK/R3 – Swagger: Steal a Signature animation from the opponent team
These will match the celebrations from the field that you see each Sunday.
Play Madden 19 Early
You can now pre-register for EA Play which takes place June 9-11th in Hollywood, California. If selected you will be able to attend and play Madden 19 before the general public.
Madden 19 Cover
After years of voting, EA decided to put Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on the cover of Madden 18 and Madden 17 with no player vote. EA may continue the trend this year, picking a player for the cover instead of allowing fans to choose.
EA announced Terrell Owens as the Madden 19 cover athlete for the special Hall of Fame Edition. They will announce a second cover athlete in the near future.
Madden 19 Editions
There are two Madden 19 editions that you can pre-order. A standard Madden 19 edition that is $59.99 and a Madden 19 Hall of Fame Edition that is $79.99. There is a chance that you will see a special digital only edition with even more bonus items, but that is unclear at this stage since EA dropped that option in 2017.
The Madden 19 Special Edition includes the following bonus items;
- Early Access
- Elite Legends Players
- Other Goodies
- 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs
- 1 Madden 19 Base Elite Cover Athlete (TBA)
- 1 Elite Player from your favorite team
- 1 Training Pack
- 2 Custom Uniforms
Madden 19 Demo
Do not expect a Madden 19 demo that allows you to try the game for free ahead of the release date. There is also no need for a Madden 19 beta, unless EA shakes things up dramatically.
Instead you will be able to buy EA Access for $5 a month or $30 a year and you can expect to play Madden 19 five days early. We’ll have more on this as EA addresses the inclusion of Madden 19 in EA Access Trials, likely at E3 in June.
Madden 19 Consoles
We know that you will be able to play Madden 19 on the PS4 and Xbox One. This also goes for the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X.
You will not be able to play Madden 19 on the Xbox 360 or PS3. EA stopped making Madden for these consoles and there is no reason to bring it back. If you own one of these and want to play a new Madden game you will need to upgrade.
EA did not include the Nintendo Switch in the announcement, so don’t expect to play Madden 19 on the Switch.