I spent the whole time editing this podcast on a yoga ball. So Gabe, I get you.
Every year you can guarantee two annual events: pollen season, and new installments of sports video game franchises. EA has long kept up its yearly offering to fans of sports, video games, and sports video games, and 2019 will be no different. Today, EA gave us a double-feature of EA SPORTS FIFA 20 and EA SPORTS Madden NFL 20, drawing back the curtain just a bit to give a glimpse into the upcoming sports games.
On the football side (the one where people mostly use their feet,) FIFA 20 will be offering a new gamemode: Street Football. That’s right, folks; the kind of football you could go outside and play right now? You can do that in a video game now. On the less cynical side, you’ll be able to create and customize female avatars, and in the street football mode, male and female players play together. It took them 20 titles, but they did it! Equally important: the ball physics have been improved from previous titles. Now the football will be more ball than ever before.
FIFA 20 will be launching on September 27th later this year for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, but if you have EA Access, you can get it on the 19th, a whole week early.
On the other football side (the one where people mostly don’t use their feet,) Madden 20 reintroduces the Pro Bowl mode from previous installments, as well as featuring a more robust Scenario Engine designed to add challenges to matches. End-game-style content in the form of Ultimate Missions will also be provided. Madden 20 also introduces X-Factor abilities; despite the fancy name, they work more like tweaks to the number-crunching that goes on behind the scenes. They’ll let X-Factor players receive passes more often than not, or they’ll require two opposing players to successfully block an X-Factor player with the right ability.
There are also Superstar X-Factor Abilities, which are way more interesting. These require certain objectives to be completed, but once you meet the prerequisites, you can activate the ability to devastating effect. Two of the Superstar X-Factor Abilities they showcased were a dramatically increased passing range and perfect-accuracy passes. There are systems in place to allow opposing X-Factor players to cancel each other out, based on game objectives, which adds an entirely new layer of depth and strategy to the game. I can’t believe I’m excited about a Madden game for the first time since Madden Football 64.
Madden NFL 20 is set to release on August 2nd for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.