Madden NFL fan Eloy discovers an issue in Madden NFL 17 where the sun sets in the east instead of the west when playing at the Los Angeles Rams' Memorial Coliseum.
As the latest entry in the long-running football video game franchise, Madden NFL 17 is the most technologically advanced NFL game in history. Even so, that doesn't mean it's a perfect game. It has numerous glitches and oddities that players can discover, like the glitch that turns field goals into touchdowns, and another that makes passing impossible. Joining the list of head-scratching issues in Madden NFL 17 is the newly discovered fact that during an evening game in Los Angeles, the sun sets in the east, not the west.
This physically impossible sunset was discovered by avid Madden fan Eloy, who pointed it out to Kotaku. After discovering the blatant misplacement of the sun at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Eloy investigated other arenas in the game, finding evidence that the sun may be appearing in the wrong places elsewhere as well.
While the company could have elected to ignore Eloy's concerns, a spokesperson from EA Sports has released an official statement on the matter:
"Our art team is investigating the issue, and working on correcting it for future editions of Madden NFL. In the meantime, we hope players enjoy this sneak peek into what the world might look like if the Earth rotated in the opposite direction."
For most people, the odd placement of the sun in Madden NFL 17 will go unnoticed. Regardless, some gamers, like Eloy for instance, may be a little upset that EA Sports isn't fixing this issue with a patch, and instead waiting until next year's Madden game to address the problem. It seems like at every EA E3 press conference, studio executives take the stage to brag about the new Madden's level of realism, but can they really do that when the sun's rotation is permanently reversed in Madden NFL 17?
Even though it seems like EA isn't going to fix this issue with a patch, the sun's placement in Madden NFL 17 shouldn't have a profound effect on one's experience with the game. As we noted in our Madden NFL 17 review, it is the most polished entry in the series to date, and it is arguably unmatched in terms of football games available on current-gen consoles. And since there's no real alternative to Madden, fans that want to play a current football game will have to put up with the screwed up sun placement for now. Anyone that can't stand the placement of the sun in Madden NFL 17 will have to wait for Madden NFL 18 - assuming EA Sports remembers to fix the problem come next August.
Madden NFL 17 is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.