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Madden NFL 20 Gridiron Notes: Madden NFL 20 Title Update - January.

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NatureBoy2323
2254 posts Game Changer
edited February 20
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To ensure Madden is the best game possible, scheduled updates are deployed by the Madden Development Team to add features to the game after launch and to tune gameplay based on community feedback. Our launch updates focus on many of the issues that Madden players report to us.

We thank you for your feedback - you've helped us improve Madden NFL 20. We look forward to further feedback and are committed to continuing to meet your expectations. Here is a detailed breakdown of what’s included in today's title update:

Key Highlights

End of Season Superstar X-Factor Update

New X-Factor Players:
Titans RB Derrick Henry, replacing Jets RB Le’Veon Bell
X-Factor: Freight Train
Superstar Abilities: Arm Bar, Outside Zone Guru

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Steelers OLB TJ Watt, replacing Bengals WR AJ Green
X-Factor: Unstoppable Force
Superstar Abilities: Edge Threat, Strip Specialis

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Browns RB Nick Chubb, replacing Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
X-Factor: Freight Train
Superstar Abilities: Arm Bar, Bulldozer

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Bills CB Tre’Davious White, replacing Browns WR Odell Beckham, Jr.
X-Factor: Shutdown
Superstar Abilities: Pick Artist, Acrobat

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Vikings DE Danielle Hunter
X-Factor: Unstoppable Force
Superstar Abilities: Edge Threat, Reach Elite

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Updated Packers QB Aaron Rodgers:
Additional Superstar Ability: Gunslinger

Updated Superstar Players:
Lions WR Kenny Golladay

Red Zone Threat

Panthers WR DJ Moore
Streak Specialist

Broncos FS Justin Simmons
Pick Artist

Bengals RB Joe Mixon
Arm Bar

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton
In/Post Elite

49ers MLB Fred Warner
Zoned Out

FS Minkah Fitzpatrick
Pick Artist

Bears WR Allen Robinson II
Out/Corner Elite

Steelers DE Cameron Heyward
Reach Elite

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs
Bulldozer

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
Escape Artist

Packers OLB Za’Darius Smith
Edge Threat

Ravens RG Marshall Yanda
Post Up

Bengals WR AJ Green, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar

Browns WR Odell Beckham, Jr., downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar

Steelers WR JuJu Smith Schuster, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar

Jets RB Le’Veon Bell, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar

Downgraded Superstar & X-Factor players, no longer equipped with any abilities:

Giants RG Kevin Zeitler
Browns CB Denzel Ward
Falcons MLB Deion Jones
Cowboys CB Byron Jones
Lions DT Damon Harrison
Bears FS Eddie Jackson

DEV NOTE: Today's Superstar X-Factor re-shuffle is the last X-Factor update of this season and reflects player performance through the end of the NFL regular season. These updates will apply to Front End rosters for Online head-to-head games, exhibition and new Franchise leagues created with the ‘Custom Roster’ option.

The re-shuffle will NOT impact existing Franchise leagues, as those leagues are already in progress with their own performance progression/regression and will not apply to new Franchise leagues created with the ‘Pre-Season Roster’ option.

Franchise Updates

Fixed an issue where there were no practice squad players eligible to be signed when starting a new Cloud league at the end of Preseason or Regular Season week 1

Gameplay Updates

Added logic to prevent ‘Pressure Inaccurate’ throws vs. Run Commit defense

DEV NOTE: This will NOT impact ‘Quick Throw Inaccurate’ passes, as that is in place to prevent exploits around throwing to receivers who are not realistically expecting the ball so early in their route.

Added ‘Out of Position’ fumble penalty to wide receivers playing running back

Fixed an issue causing the wrong snap receiver when using audibles in the Saints Taysom Hill Slot formation

Fixed an issue sometimes causing shovel pass animations to release from the wrong hand

New Equipment Updates

Added new Nike Vapor Edge Cleat and applied it to Nike Vapor athletes via roster update

Madden Ultimate Team Updates
Added new functionality with Playcall Cooldowns & Limits

DEV NOTE: This feature will be introduced via House Rules. Madden Ultimate Team now has the ability to configure a playcall cooldown or limit. After selecting a play with cooldowns, that play will not be selectable again until X amount of plays have been run.

With limits, a play will have a configured number of how many total times that play can be called for the rest of the game. Cooldowns and limits can be combined together.

We are excited to hear your feedback when this House Rule launches, likely the end of January/early February.

Added the ability to choose the front art of specific Madden Ultimate Team items.

DEV NOTE: This feature will likely be contained to just Power Ups. At the time of the Title Update release, we are going to focus on the NFL 100 players. Users will have the opportunity to choose any of the existing art treatments for these players and there will even be exclusive NFL 100 portraits available. The MUT team will continue bringing this feature to the rest of Power Ups in the coming weeks.

Fixed an issue with the playcall menu not always shutting down correctly at the end of a game

Fixed an issue causing the wrong ball spot after kicking plays in College Overtime House Rules games

Superstar KO Updates

Added Support for New X-Factor Players:

Titans RB Derrick Henry
Replacing Jets RB Le’Veon Bell

Steelers OLB TJ Watt
Replacing Bengals WR AJ Green

Browns RB Nick Chubb
Replacing Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

Bills CB Tre’Davious White
Replacing Browns WR Odell Beckham, Jr.

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter

Updated Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Stability improvements

https://www.ea.com/games/madden-nfl/madden-nfl-20/news/gridiron-notes-title-update-january-01-30
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  • imagine the defense got to have SIIIX x factors while the offense only ot THREE. this wouldve been corrected within weeks of launch. but no, in squads the defense gets SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIX x factors and we're 5 months in
  • yet again ea madden prove they dont care about franchise mode there alot of thing that still needs to be fixed before quiting sending out updates i hope they do one huge update where for once they can fix franchise add one new feature to franchise mode more aless im disappointed with this update
  • here a funny thing they still need to fix andrew luck is still in the game even after ea took him out he still in franchise mode and with a x factor and a 92 overall so tell me how is this not fixed by now and how is antino brown still in the game he not coming back to the nfl he screwed that up
  • This game is pretty good. Mut review.

    For those that say it's a cash cow. What game isnt these days? At least you no longer need to buy contracts. There is salary cap and draft options.

    Those that complain about the run, would you complain if it were non stop pass plays with deep crosses and the qb "escape artist" to the sideline throwing a 40 yard bomb on the sideline every single play?
    Now we will have a House Rules to experiment with stopping the "cheese" play after play. So if you are genuinely good why do you only call 2 to 4 plays a game?

    From what I can tell, and noticed, from being in year after year of the daily streams the Madden team does listen. The new House Rules coming out with limiting "cheese". They attempt to rectify problems. No other sports game is as complex as the NFL. Do they make mistakes yes. Who doesnt? No sports game or any game is perfect.

    I think, and it's my opinon, that Madden is a good fun game overall. It is the first year in a while I have continued to play the game this long. You get free decent and sometimes good cards.(from solos) You get free cards for tuning into streams. (If you have prime)You have giveaways. There is a lot to like. Just like people have the right to disagree with me. Just like we all have the right to not play the game. Those that disagree and dislike the game just remember to be civil. You can make a point without saying obscene things. We can all be civil and work towards making the game better. Name calling and sending derogatory messages to online players never solved anything. Calling someone a bum because you spent 1000 dollars on your roster and they didnt is not necessary. Lastly, remember, it's just a VIDEO GAME.
    Have fun.
  • chibears88 wrote: »
    This game is pretty good. Mut review.

    For those that say it's a cash cow. What game isnt these days? At least you no longer need to buy contracts. There is salary cap and draft options.

    Those that complain about the run, would you complain if it were non stop pass plays with deep crosses and the qb "escape artist" to the sideline throwing a 40 yard bomb on the sideline every single play?
    Now we will have a House Rules to experiment with stopping the "cheese" play after play. So if you are genuinely good why do you only call 2 to 4 plays a game?

    From what I can tell, and noticed, from being in year after year of the daily streams the Madden team does listen. The new House Rules coming out with limiting "cheese". They attempt to rectify problems. No other sports game is as complex as the NFL. Do they make mistakes yes. Who doesnt? No sports game or any game is perfect.

    I think, and it's my opinon, that Madden is a good fun game overall. It is the first year in a while I have continued to play the game this long. You get free decent and sometimes good cards.(from solos) You get free cards for tuning into streams. (If you have prime)You have giveaways. There is a lot to like. Just like people have the right to disagree with me. Just like we all have the right to not play the game. Those that disagree and dislike the game just remember to be civil. You can make a point without saying obscene things. We can all be civil and work towards making the game better. Name calling and sending derogatory messages to online players never solved anything. Calling someone a bum because you spent 1000 dollars on your roster and they didnt is not necessary. Lastly, remember, it's just a VIDEO GAME.
    Have fun.

    You must either work for EA to be drinking that much kool aid or someone in your family does. They might listen for MUT but do not listen for Franchise which the majority of the complaints come from. So great for you that your happy with your MUT but the implementation of MUT was the downfall of Franchise. If your going to argue that with a hardcore Franchise fan than deal with the blow back because it comes from years of frustration.
  • Are the new cleats patched into/showing up in existing offline franchise mode? Not seeing em’. They look dope. Don’t care about the speed boost, & don’t understand why everyone is ❤️❤️❤️❤️ themselves about it
  • As I reported in every title update since early October, the Franchise game is stuck on the exit screen to update players. Controller and keyboard do not respond. Have to close out the windows and relaunch the game.
    I love this game, but I do not like the franchise game ending :(
  • EA_Blueberry
    1342 posts EA Community Manager
    As I reported in every title update since early October, the Franchise game is stuck on the exit screen to update players. Controller and keyboard do not respond. Have to close out the windows and relaunch the game.
    I love this game, but I do not like the franchise game ending :(

    @Toothless010

    We have a technical issues thread on that here. Any information you can provide to that post will help the QA team out, thanks ahead of time and sorry to hear you're facing that.
  • Last year you add pro formation back into west coast playbook mid year. Why did you guys take it back out this year??
  • Fix the kickoffs , fix not loading in to squads like how have you not done either of those ?
  • Everyone that is a die hard franchise user is really getting sick of the same old stuff repackaged every year. Like when is the last time madden has actually put something in franchise that wasn’t in the game 4 years ago removed and then put back in telling us it’s brand new. Every freaking year franchise users are continuously forgotten about and every year you guys get the same old complaints about the terrible game mode you end up giving us. We want in depth scouting, we want in-depth back story, we want in depth game play. We want dynamic commentary. I kid you not the commentatary is always SO BAD. For instance tonight I threw a touchdown pass to a rookie wr (his first career td) with Alex Smith and the commentators went on talking about how the first passing touchdown for a rookie QB is always amazing???? Like what??? You guys bought the rights to make football games and ruined everything, why is it that 2k produced and amazing game like 15 years ago and it’s still a better game than any madden y’all have put out since. Why can a company produce a way better game on terrible software nd a terrible console yet all you guys can seem to do is give us minor changes to a god awful game and slight graphics upgrade every year. We all know where you make your money we get it, but if you’re gonna make a game make it for you whole audience.
  • NateHA01 wrote: »
    Everyone that is a die hard franchise user is really getting sick of the same old stuff repackaged every year. Like when is the last time madden has actually put something in franchise that wasn’t in the game 4 years ago removed and then put back in telling us it’s brand new. Every freaking year franchise users are continuously forgotten about and every year you guys get the same old complaints about the terrible game mode you end up giving us. We want in depth scouting, we want in-depth back story, we want in depth game play. We want dynamic commentary. I kid you not the commentatary is always SO BAD. For instance tonight I threw a touchdown pass to a rookie wr (his first career td) with Alex Smith and the commentators went on talking about how the first passing touchdown for a rookie QB is always amazing???? Like what??? You guys bought the rights to make football games and ruined everything, why is it that 2k produced and amazing game like 15 years ago and it’s still a better game than any madden y’all have put out since. Why can a company produce a way better game on terrible software nd a terrible console yet all you guys can seem to do is give us minor changes to a god awful game and slight graphics upgrade every year. We all know where you make your money we get it, but if you’re gonna make a game make it for you whole audience.

    It’s simple they don’t want you playing franchise that’s why they made it stale. They want you to play MUT so they make more money. They will never make franchise what we want until they figure a way to make micro transactions. It’s sad but true so stop believing their false hope every year a new Madden comes out it’s all bull and hype so we buy
  • EA_Blueberry
    1342 posts EA Community Manager
    @NateHA01 @HolyCross30

    Appreciate the feedback and regarding the commentary, would you mind reporting that in our Answers HQ Bug Report section? We'll get that tracked over there to forward over to the team.

    Regarding franchise feedback, there are weekly discussions in these forums I recommend contributing to. I tend to see a lot of franchise fans jump into these forums with similar ideas on how they want to improve the franchise. Satellite feedback like this is great to read and refresh our minds on what fans want to see, but to really help us out would you mind submitting it in a relevant post here on the forums so we have a great forum discussion that we can pass along to the team? We want to try and keep threads on topic and this is about the title update. Thanks for taking time out to post here and good luck in your next season.

  • @NateHA01 @HolyCross30

    Appreciate the feedback and regarding the commentary, would you mind reporting that in our Answers HQ Bug Report section? We'll get that tracked over there to forward over to the team.

    Regarding franchise feedback, there are weekly discussions in these forums I recommend contributing to. I tend to see a lot of franchise fans jump into these forums with similar ideas on how they want to improve the franchise. Satellite feedback like this is great to read and refresh our minds on what fans want to see, but to really help us out would you mind submitting it in a relevant post here on the forums so we have a great forum discussion that we can pass along to the team? We want to try and keep threads on topic and this is about the title update. Thanks for taking time out to post here and good luck in your next season.

    Hey EAblueberry

    Thanks for the feed back but just FYI me and many others have posted about franchise in the proper threads ,have gone out of our way to detail what we want in franchise over and over again only to be ignored. So what you read is frustration of being ignored for YEARS and very little to nothing of what we have asked for has been done or addressed. The biggest frustration is a lot of what we want was once in Madden in the older PS generations and taken out. So yes this thread is about a title update another update with nothing we want in franchise so until EA listens we will vent and have every right to with the money we spend on Madden.
  • NatureBoy2323
    2254 posts Game Changer
    This thread is about the January Title Update in Madden NFL 20. If anyone would like to discuss what they would like to see in CFM in Madden 21 and beyond, please use the correct thread listed below. Thanks everyone.

    https://forums.ea.com/en/madden-nfl/discussion/255147/what-would-you-like-to-see-improve-in-cfm-in-madden-nfl-21/p1?new=1
  • MJM1017
    1 posts New member
    Ever since the update my Pat Tillman superstar has not been recognized on MUT squads. I will ensure he is activated every game and I am always given on two once the game starts essentially wasting one of my spots. He will however, show up in my solo challenges as being activated.

    Is there anything that would be causing this or suggestions of how to fix it so I can actually use him for what he’s good for?
  • Please COOL DOWN on the “Cool Down!” I get that some plays are glitched and are abused but if you’re not abusing on another player ... who cares? Plus good players have an answer to those plays anyway.
  • Perfect timing! The week you guys House Ruled Solo Battles 2k is on sale for $20!
  • Please fix the kicking game! I punted the ball to the computer three times in a game today, the ball landed at the 4 and then bounced out of bounds-- the computer was given the ball at the 40. The computer punted, it landed COMPLETLY OUT OF BOUNDS (around the 4) and I got the ball at the 4?!?!? I kick off to the computer, it bounces and lands in the end zone and the computer gets the ball at the 25. Thee computer does THE EXACT SAME THING and I get the balll at the 20!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️?!?!
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