In short: EA Sports has announced gameplay changes and pre-order details for the next game in the long-running Madden NFL franchise. Madden NFL 23 will be available in Standard and All Madden on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC. The game’s name, John Madden, will appear on the cover as the centerpiece for the first time since 1999.
The football legend died at the end of last year at the age of 85.
Madden 23 on PS5 and Xbox Series will introduce FieldSense gaming system, which EA claims will give players more control in every position across all modes. The system consists of four key mechanics – Hit All, Skill-Based Passing, 360 Slices, and WR vs. DB Battles.
Hit Everything addresses complaints from earlier games that captures and encounters between players felt preordained. It combines over 3,500 new animations with half a dozen in-game interactions to deliver more realistic results.
Skill-Based Passing is an additional mechanic designed to unlock your air attack in a new way. This versatile system includes target areas, reticle, freeform transfer, power meter, and accuracy meter to help get the ball exactly where you want it. Of course, if this all sounds too complicated, you can always turn it off and use the traditional playthrough mechanics.
Meanwhile, 360-degree cuts provide precise control as the ball moves. Until now, you could only use the left joystick to choose between rounded corners or hard cuts. With Madden 23, you can cut when and where you want, allowing the ball carrier to use the treadmills as they open up.
WR vs. DB battles focus on gameplay involving wide receivers and defensive backs, and include WR release, cut, and fake moves. Defenders can still press and control the receiver, but their mechanics are more dynamic and reactive. Dodging gives defenders even more freedom on the open field.