Madden NFL 11: Locomotion

A new locomotion system promises to make players more responsive in EA's next Madden game. Check out the details.

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On Monday, EA Sports released a blog detailing the new locomotion system in its upcoming NCAA Football 11. Highlights for the new system will be more realistic player acceleration, as well as an increased import on player momentum. It shouldn't come as any surprise that the same system will also be in place in EA's next pro football game, Madden NFL 11.

LT knows all about momentum.

In a post found on the official Madden NFL 11 blog, lead gameplay designer Ryan Burnsides described how the new locomotion system will work within the confines of the NFL game. Before getting into the meat of how locomotion will affect Madden 11, Burnsides started off with a critique of last year's Madden:

"Things like acceleration, direction changes, and momentum were very difficult to tune, and while the end result was a fun user experience, we knew we had to make a pretty dramatic change in our toolset to allow us to achieve our goals."

With that in mind, the Madden development team decided to start over with locomotion, building a new system that combined technology from EA's FIFA game (known as RailTracks), as well as from-the-ground-up code. Burnsides then broke down the changes to Madden 11 in three specific areas: momentum, acceleration, and visuals. Here are some choice quotes:

On Momentum:
"… the mechanic that felt the best was to allow the player to go where you are pressing on the left stick, but slow him down to make the turn you are requesting (based on his ratings of course). It feels pretty natural to gradually round off a turn if you want to keep your speed up or move the stick sharply to sacrifice speed for making a necessary cut. As soon as we put this in, the game felt way more responsive. You can feel the momentum of trying to turn a big lumbering lineman, but at no point do you feel like he isn’t going where you are trying to make him go."

On Acceleration:
"It is now possible for our ratings guys to make players that are quick over 10 to 20 yards but get smoked at longer distances. A 90-speed player can now run the same 40 time as a 99-speed player but lose over longer distances."

On Visuals:
"At mo-cap, we set up a 50-yard-long runway and recorded our mo-cap talent over the whole distance. Our forward run cycles for each body type now don’t loop until the player has traveled for 40 yards. The differences in each stride are subtle, but that small difference is enough to break up the robotic feel of our old locomotion. We layer in dynamic lean based on how much a player is accelerating or turning to get rid of the upright turning from Madden NFL 10 and contribute to the feeling of momentum."

In addition, Burnsides provided some movies illustrating the concepts he discussed in gameplay, as well as a neat movie of the grass field used in the mo-cap sessions. Finally, there's that brand new screen of LaDanian Tomlinson as a member of the New York Jets above to salivate over.

Stay tuned for more NCAA Football 11 and Madden NFL 11 coverage in the near future.

Discussion

95 comments
-SilverGhost-
-SilverGhost-

when the liscence expires for EA's NFL license. it wont be called NFL 2k13, it will be 2k14 because EA has the license through the 2012 season then it will turn 2013 in Jan. for playoffs and it will be the 2013 superbowl. this season for madden will be called Madden NFL 13.. so the next 2k sports title for the NFL will be called something like Segas NFL 2K14 for the 2013/2014 season.

miamiplaya3053
miamiplaya3053

jhouchin6 your an idiot there are so many things you can change on MADDEN to make it better which i think is a football game like 2k. 1- In Madden Receivers dont get a 20sec block on backers when running or kick returning the ball 2k Receivers maybe get 5sec max block on heavier players. 2- 2k simply has better AI for example on thing i would like to see in madden is players reacting to a thrown ball if a ball is thrown over a defender the AI shoudnt be out of the picture he should turn around immediatly even before the ball goes over his head and make a play giving a smaller space for a receiver to make a play. all this is in 2k download the demo and watch your replays. there are a lot more things why 2k is better and little things why Madden is sumwhat better

Geechee85
Geechee85

NFL 2K13 Comes One Step Closer to Reality with Take Two Sales

Geechee85
Geechee85

Thursday, 08 April 2010 00:51 Kenny Kramer ".Another step towards NFL 2K13 seems to have been made. As reported back in late January, rumors have been swirling around TakeTwo (T2), the parent company of 2K Games and 2K Sports, that preparations were being made to bid on the NFL license in 2012 once EA's exclusivity agreement ends. The company was planning fire sales throughout its operations in order to raise capital in an attempt to negotiate a deal with the NFL. As mentioned this can't happen until the license ends in 2012. Our sources did mention back in January that the company had to start planning now because of the logistical scope of everything involved. Also mentioned was that talks could start within 6 months of the EA exclusive contract's end, "as to allow all parties adequate time to talk". The fire sale appears to have officially started. Take2 has sold off one of its largest assets with little notice from the public. Take2 has sold off North America’s largest video game distributor in JOAG, or “Jack of All Games”. The distributor was a huge asset to the company by distributing the mega-publisher’s games on the cheap in addition to turning a profit for Take2 by also distributing the games of most other publishers who sell in the Americas. JOAG is now owned by Synnex of Canada. Hopefully this pays off in terms of building up funds for the NFL license"

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

Geechee85, I totally agree theres nothing real about this game but the players and teams likeness. Garbage for the last 5 years or so.

Geechee85
Geechee85

@ This idiot jhouchin6 I know for a fact u dont know crap about football if u think Maddnen is a real football sim I've played football ur jus a gay Madden fan boy. @ whoaitstu Madden is a horrible game hitch steps is one thing they need to fix example i had the Titans i broke with Chris Johnson the A.I. actually slowed me down by having me take a bunch of hitch steps everyone knows Chris Johnson will never get ran down from behind but it happened on Madden and yes suction tackling another example i broke up the middle with CJ and no one was really close to me all of a sudden here come the pro-tak moment dictated by animations forced a defender to suction on CJ and make a gang tackle thats not real football the pro-tak needs to be fixed its gay looks like one big huddle like their hugging EA SUCKS ITS NOT IN THE GAME .

jhouchin6
jhouchin6

oh yeah the same goes to greeche or wat ever your name is im actually 20 and know a lot more about football than you. You can't change football guys. so get it straight.

jhouchin6
jhouchin6

the beav you must not play football that much because everything i said (minus the 30 billion which i later corrected myself if you could read) is true. you can't make any major changes to football because football is football. MORON

diggyman
diggyman

Okay so I don't really play football games too much. I'll try a Madden game once every blue moon, so from my perspective, it doesn't seem like a lot of things change from year to year. They'll make it a little bit shinier, throw in maybe 500 more canned animations, and add some extra new feature in the career mode (or whatever it's called). Not really worth paying another $60 every time out. This Backbreaker game on the other hand seems refreshing, simply for the fact that they're nixing the idea of canned animations all together. I'm excited to see them apply the robust Euphoria physics engine to a football game. Sure there aren't any licensed teams and that's a bit of a bummer, but if it's successful, I bet when they decide to come with a pt 2 (hopefully not immediately the following year. dont make the same mistake EA's making), The NFL will be all over em. But I'm not a hardcore football gamer so I could be way off.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

Basically, on the PS2 and Xbox, Madden had inferior graphics and superior Gameplay, ESPN2K5 had an amazing presentational style and I think thats why everyone loves 2K better, sure I loved 2K% when I first got it when it was $20, when Madden 05 price dropped, I got that too, and I liked 05 better than 2K5 because the gameplay was more solid. 2K was fun but Madden had better controls and better gameplay altogether. If Madden 05 had that ESPN presentation with Chris Berman, everyone would like Madden better. I hate all the maddens since 07 though, but I stick to my theory, which is the Halftime show and the presentation brainwashed everyone. Which reminds me, the Madden 10 halftime report was a complete joke! A sad attempt to ease the whining of 2K5 players. cant wait for Backbreaker, dont let me down! Peace! Go Eagles!

whoaitstu
whoaitstu

Ive played the 2K series and the EA series when it was for xbox and ps2 .. both games had their pro's and con's .. but they were two completely different games .. you cannot compare to completely different things in general .. its like comparing apples to oranges .. Geechee85, you say Madden had suction tackling .. as i recall when the 2K series hit for Dreamcast and PS2 and xbox, you could basically take an elite linebacker and press turbo .. and then press the tackle button while holding turbo and do a super tackle from like 7 yards away .. if your saying thats not suction tackling then i dont know what is .. now the only reason why madden is so successful every year is b/c they own the NFL's rights .. i played 2K football the one that cam eout 2 years ago .. it wasnt a bad game .. but when it comes to realism and animation and detail, madden takes the cake .. i know many madden haters out there .. its only b/c the big fish is always hated on .. but that hate is also a faint respect

thebeav3
thebeav3

@jhouchin6, I personally never played the 2k series and think madden is all right, but your whole thing of "a few measly people out of 30 billion" makes no sense. 1 because there aren't 30 billion people in the world. There's like 6.8 billion or something. And 2 not everyone in the world plays madden so that does make you look a little dumb. Finally, why would you oppose competition if anything it would make madden better or 2k would create an even better football game.

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

IM STILL UP IN THE AIR, SHOULD I GET BACKBREAKER OR MADDEN!!!!

Eezyville
Eezyville

I hope the competition kills this game. I hate EA sports giving me a $50 update every year.

pleezebeleevit
pleezebeleevit

proof that EA is scared at the new backbreaker. every time their is a glimpse of a better game/technology, EA swoops in(i'm sure to make sure they can re-up their monopoly w/ the NFL) to take over, on the other hand bout dam time,O YEAH we need more comp

Geechee85
Geechee85

ohhh ... so i can say 2K made better football games because of gameplay , game presentation , respecting physics more, and NFL 2K football games graphics wasnt bad as u put it dummy.

Geechee85
Geechee85

Ok so u can sit there and say there is no way to say one football game is better than the other other than graphics ? how old are u like 13 or 14 . Anyway everything that happens in Madden is dictated by the computer and annimations , its pre-scripted just like WWE is staged all that garbage is fake . 2K football respected physics , momentum, and simulates football better than Madden . Madden has suction tackling,blocking , busted coverages,tron joggin(running in place ), Madden is terrible so i can say 2K made better football games because it was more realistic because it was more physics based rather than annimation and the computer dictating what they want to happen.

jhouchin6
jhouchin6

oh yeah my bad it maybe thousands but last time i checked thousands doesn't beat millions.

jhouchin6
jhouchin6

one no you couldn't two no football game can be better than the other you can't make changes that are going to drasticly change anything because football is football( in other word truly the only thing that can better is graphics and i don't see that happen with 2k). P.S. get back with me when they actually get the license then you can tell me im wrong, your idocracy is getting worse by the minute.

Geechee85
Geechee85

EA is such an EVIL company thats why every player that has ever appeared on the front cover was cursed either gotten hurt or their production declined that year .

Geechee85
Geechee85

No luck dummy the will be gettin back the license im sure they are in talks with the NFL/NFLPA to have a share of the license in 2013 goodluck to Madden once NFL 2K gets back on the market . Even though Madden 10 is a horrible game I'd still beat the sh@! out of you moron Madden fanboy continue to buy mediocre football game produced by Madden I'll wait for 2K to put out a real football game.

jhouchin6
jhouchin6

ya i wish 2k luck on getting the rights to sell their franchise again your an idiot, quit whining because youre terrible.

Geechee85
Geechee85

Hey...um jhouchin6 its more than just a few measly people go check youtube its more like thousands of people i can guarantee WHEN NFL 2K series come back and it WILL i bet ur @$* it outsale Madden the same time both of those come out. 2013 will release NFL 2K14

jhouchin6
jhouchin6

i love all of the people that complain suck and get beat down all time and that is the only reason they complain, so guess what guys get over it nobody cares whether you buy it or not your just a few measly people out of 30 billion.

Geechee85
Geechee85

Article quote: "Word has it that TakeTwo Interactive is planning a mini fire sale in the near future in an attempt to secure an NFL license in three years which would end EA's long standing monopoly on professional football games. Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K, has reportedly been tasked with putting together a new division of 2K Sports that will reportedly begin operations by Q3 of 2011. Based on T2's last financial report, that would put the new division in business at or around June 2011." Cant wait u Madden fan boys just dont get it Madden sucks some old garbage different year lackluster game because they have no competition so why the hell would they care what kind of garbage they put out.

Geechee85
Geechee85

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thebeav3
thebeav3

I think everyone should complain about every high profit game ever created. Screw you call of duty and madden!!!!!!

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Maybe it's just me, but I still don't see the sense in shelling out $60 for a roster update and some minor game tweaking. I never played any of the 2K football games but I can understand why their fans are loyal. After all, even if they did or didn't improve the game, the 2K football games cost less. That right there alone would get me. Maybe EA should just make the yearly updates downloadable content once they make a Madden that finally satisfies everybody.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

@cpuchess lol man that game was such a classic, FU EA!

KC_Chiefs_4Life
KC_Chiefs_4Life

Lookin forward to my Franchise with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, WoooT!!

cpuchess
cpuchess

Ahh, another season of 2k5 is better, no it's not, yes it is...

Jedi_Dad
Jedi_Dad

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Jedi_Dad
Jedi_Dad

""… the mechanic that felt the best was to allow the player to go where you are pressing on the left stick, but slow him down to make the turn you are requesting (based on his ratings of course)." What the ^@*$#^ have they been using the ratings for up to this point then? The one thing that has ALWAYS annoyed my about madden is its lack of speed sensation. Everyone seems to fly around at top speed. DL's tracking down HB's in full sprint... This is definitely a step in the right direction, but with all things EA, it will likely not work as planned until Madden 12. Hopefully by Madden 15 they will get around to reworking the awareness of players by actually incorporating a player ratings there too. I am tired of 65 AW safeties constantly displaying all pro awareness.

CharlesSteak
CharlesSteak

I update Madden every 2 or 3 years. Given what I've just read, don't really see a reason to break the pattern (upgraded to 10 from 07 last year...well worth it. Those that complain shoud just hold out and give it a try).

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I do think last years Madden was a big step forward, but I would like to see this one in motion, maybe a demo, before I actually purchase it. The controls in Madden have never been as tight as say 2K, and sometimes felt robotic, so If they have fixed them to make them feel as responsive as something like FIFA, I'm all for it! Plus there isn't another licensed football title out their that's going to let you play your favorite team while football season is going.That, and the roster updates for 10 are probably going to disappear as soon as 11 comes out.

winrehs_007
winrehs_007

The players don't look like their real life counterpart.

BLACKWINGS17
BLACKWINGS17

I miss the days when the NFL license was rented out to anybody and everybody who wanted to make a football game. There was much more variety and creativity involved. Now I'm just amused that there are actually people out there who are more than willing to spend $60 on the exact same game, year after year, with nothing more than an updated roster.

kobraka1
kobraka1

just buy all pro football 2k8. problem solved. it plays just like NFL2k5.

DarkManxXx
DarkManxXx

oh what I ment about INT's is Michael Griffens 80 catching ability and droping ints thrown right 2 him in the playoffs.....FIX IT OR PASS IT

DarkManxXx
DarkManxXx

Just stop all the holding calls for **** sake and the int's hellen keller could take to the house....the chain gang makes me wanna slit my rists and worst of all...players with 0 ability to break a tackLE BREAK 4000000 TACKLES ITS STUPID....reggie bush dosent break 20 tackles a game let alone 1.....you wanted total control and F'ed 2k....then give us some less garbage and a game we don't even wanna get rid of when 2012 drops....f**kers

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

SanAnFan, they still havent figured it out, they just HOPE you havent yet so you'll take thier word for it until you dropp the anual 60 for a peice of crap with a new cover, new rosters new bugs, new and worthless gimmicks I'm sick of them saying whats gonna be in the game and why its going to be better, I didnt need a chain gang that i see Waaaaay too much, i didnt need a pathetic half time report that was so boring and even more boring to skip, I just want to turn the game on and play a whole game without there being anything stupid like stuttering animations, and cheap glitches that the cpu uses to beat you. EA has us all by the balls with the nfl license. You want NFL? 60 bucks! Thats like me having the worlds only water supply and charging 60 dollars a cup, except the cup has a dirty mouthful of water.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

I'm sick of paying for a new roster and a new set of bugs every year, the game may look pretty but it frustrates the crap out of me heres why madden 10 sucked: 1.caught from behind by some chopping animation, i call it the stutter step 2.the games skill levels were too unbalanced, i can win on all madden but its just rediculous. 3. They would make your qb throw the ball straight to defenders when you have a guy open. well i could go on but you get my point, sincemadden 07 this franchise has been garbage Peace! Go Eagles

SanAnFan
SanAnFan

Took them 20 years to figure out what momentum was?

Impaler0077
Impaler0077

Hey look, another tiny addition. I wonder what they're removing this year. Maybe their SELF ESTEEM AND DIGNITY!!!!