E3 2019: Madden NFL 20 Details New Features -- X-Factors, Scenario Engine, And More
JuJu Smith-Schuster is going to be nasty.
New features coming to the Madden NFL franchise were shown off during the EA Play conference for E3 2019. With Madden NFL 20, you'll have a new career campaign called that takes over for Longshot mode. Additionally, there will be some tweaks to gameplay that will make superstar players standout even more, and some new challenge scenarios to unlock new stuff and improve stats. EA is also expanding the accessibility options to make the game playable by a wider group of people.
The brand new career campaign is called Face of the Franchise. You'll create a college player who begins as a star quarterback for the Texas Longhorns and compete in the college football playoffs--this will lead to an NFL Draft sequence. There's also the Scenario Engine where you can participate in different challenges, and compete in the Pro Bowl as well.
Along with Ultimate Missions, you'll take part in dynamic challenges and quests to unlock stuff and improve player stats. Additionally, Madden 20 will feature evolving playbooks that updates as teams incorporate new plays in real life. RPOs, or run-pass option plays, are coming to the game as well.
Arguably, the biggest change is in the Superstar X-Factor feature. This acts as a special hero-like perk for star players. For example, running back Alvin Kamara has "Satellite" which makes him even more effective as a receiver out of the backfield with improved run-after-catch ability. JuJu Smith Schuster has the "Double Me" X-Factor which demands additional attention from the defense.
These are always on/available--designed to extend specific specialties of big-name players. Cover star Pat Mahomes has "Bazooka," which is exclusive to him.
Madden NFL 20 will have a closed beta taking place June 14-16.
Separately from all this, EA detailed new accessibility options that will be available in Madden 20. Many of the features from previous years carry over here, but among the new ones are new text-to-speech and speech-to-text options. EA has greatly expanded things like how menu narration works for something like the depth chart to make it more usable.
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