Electronic Arts releases a brand new trailer for Madden NFL 17 that shows off the new game’s visuals, and also briefly discusses what fans can expect from the gameplay.
Unlike FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1, EA didn’t dedicate a lot of its E3 2016 press conference to Madden NFL 17. Even so, fans of the annual sports title were still treated to a brief trailer that at the very least showed off what Madden enthusiasts can expect from the graphics in this year’s game.
The Madden NFL 17 trailer that EA aired during its conference offered quick glances at some of the top teams in the NFL making cinematic plays, including the Carolina Panthers, the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos, and more. Overall, the visuals in Madden NFL 17 seem like a slight improvement over last year’s entry, and as long as it retains the elements that helped Madden NFL 16 earn positive reviews, it could be one of the most well-received entries in the series available on current-generation consoles to date.
Again, that is assuming Madden NFL 17 is able to deliver on the gameplay front. EA struggled to make its mark on eighth generation consoles with Madden for a couple of years, but as long as Madden NFL 17 is able to build off its predecessor in meaningful ways, it’s hard to see how development on the new game could be fumbled.
It was somewhat surprising to see that Madden NFL 17 will not be using the Frostbite Engine, as it seems like most of EA’s upcoming lineup of games will be relying on it, including FIFA 17. Maybe Madden will make the jump to Frostbite with 2017’s entry in the franchise, but until then, franchise fans will have to be satisfied with the Ignite Engine.
In the meantime, the presenters let a couple of details slip in regards to Madden NFL 17‘s gameplay. It was claimed that Madden NFL 17 has the “most balanced gameplay to date” for the franchise, and that the game will boast a brand new commentary team. Again, without seeing the game in action in any significant capacity, it’s hard to gauge just how accurate these claims are, but we’ll probably get an extended look at the title before its August release date. And thanks to the EA Play event going on in Los Angeles right now, perhaps those present at E3 can offer us a better idea of how Madden NFL 17 plays in the coming days.
Some Madden NFL fans may be disappointed about the lack of a focus on Madden NFL 17 during EA’s E3 2016 press conference this year, but more details on the game should be coming within the next couple of months. Perhaps EA doesn’t have any major new game modes to announce for it like FIFA 17‘s story mode, so it opted to be brief. Regardless of any major new game modes, Madden NFL 17 should provide the same core Madden experience fans have enjoyed for years.
Madden NFL 17 will be available August 23rd for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.