EA Tiburon will be releasing Madden NFL 18 on PS4 and Xbox One next week, and this entry brings two big new modes with it. The first is MUT Squads, a cooperative multiplayer Ultimate Team mode; if you are interested in MUT Sqauds, you can check out our interview with its Lead Designer, Patrick Bellanca. The other addition to the game is Longshot, a cinematic single player campaign.
In Longshot, players follow the journey of Devin Wade, a former college star that had to give up on his dreams in the NFL, but gains the opportunity to re-enter it. The mode was actually developed with some assistance from another prominent EA studio: BioWare. It also stars some notable actors, including Mahershala Ali, JR Lemon, and Scott Porter.
DualShockers recently got the chance to attend an EA Sports event, and captured the following footage of Longshot’s first act. These first 30 minutes of Longshot introduces us to the two main characters, Devon Wade and Colt Cruise, as they head to a regional combine taking place in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts in Indianapolis, Indiana to possibly get another chance to get into the NFL. When there, they run into two producers behind a new show called Longshot, that will supposedly help one “longshot” player get drafted in the next NFL season.
This mode merges the dialogue choices and quick-time events found in Telltale Games with some more traditional Madden gameplay, resulting in an experience that feels really unique and different from even other story modes in sports games such as FIFA. If you want to learn more about how it was developed, you can check out this recent video.
You can check out the first 30 minutes of Longshot below. Madden NFL 18 is set to release on PS4 and Xbox One August 25; if you want to see DualShockers’ thoughts on the game, you can check out our review.