Madden NFL 20 Gets New Face of the Franchise Trailer at EA Play

EA Play revealed the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 20. The game is promising big improvements to campaign mode, player differentiation through Superstar abilities, and new Ultimate Missions.

Today’s EA Play event was full of new information on many of EA’s biggest titles. Madden NFL 20 was one of the game’s on the docket. The team delivered an extended look at their latest football title. Included in the event was a new look at cover star Patrick Mahomes discussing what it takes to be an NFL-quality quarterback. Check it out below.

We’ve known quite a bit about Madden 20 for a while now, but seeing everything in action was a treat. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the cover star, and he’ll play like it. Players like Mahomes will have access to Superstar abilities. These traits differentiate your Mahomes from your Josh McCowns.  Elite NFL players will have access to a number of different traits, making them someone you’ll want to have when you jump into Franchise mode.

Speaking of Franchise mode, the Pro Bowl is back! It may sound silly, but it was removed a few years ago and fans are glad it’s back. In more interesting news, Franchise mode has changed up the Development Trait system. You’ll now have four player grades: Normal, Star, Superstar, and Superstar X-Factor. Those X-Factor players will be incredibly important as there are only 50 of them in the league at one time. If you want to build a Patriots-like dynasty, you’re going to need to scoop a few of them up.

Keeping with the QB-centric theme, EA Tiburon is ditching the “Longshots” campaign in favor of a new mode called “Face of the Franchise: QB1”. This campaign lets you create a quarterback from one of four different archetypes. After making your selection, you’ll play with them from the college playoff through their NFL career. With fans constantly clamoring for a return of the NCAA Football series (raises hand), this should scratch that itch to some degree. All of this comes together to make a compelling package of new additions for the long-running franchise.

Madden NFL 20 is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 2. However, lucky fans will get a chance to try the game out in a closed beta is taking place from June 14-16. If you’re interested in a deep dive into everything coming in Madden 20, check out the full 30-minute presser below.

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