Connected Careers for Madden NFL 13

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Posted June 4th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

The reveal of NHL 13’s GM Connected mode did in fact largely spoil that of Connected Careers for Madden NFL 13. The mode essentially combines standard Franchise, Online Franchise, and Superstar Modes into a single initiative with the user choosing to be a player, control a team in a traditional manner or as a coach, and even integrates legends as an option to choose from to run through a career with.

Up to 32 teams can be user-controlled so again this is an expansion on what Online Franchise was with Franchise also being playable solo of course. When using an individual player XP is earned to use on upgrading them throughout the career with a checklist meant to lead to a hopeful Hall of Fame inclusion. A new story engine and fake Twitter feed adds to the immersion of the league in general. PCs, tablets, and smartphones will also be able to access the careers for some level of functionality that hasn’t quite been made clear yet.

More on the physics engine later today with more extensive information and a trailer still to come.

  • Amen_Ra

    I want salary cap and trade logic confirmed first.

    • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

       Agree trade logic and just general football knowledge needs to be in the game. Draft knowledge and trades it was pretty impossible to trade in this years Madden. CPU to CPU trades were okay but I can offer the same thing  or more and get denied

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

      I want them to get the stats right. I’m tired of simming a 15 minute quarter game and my team only gaining 100 yards. Or one player having a half a tackle. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

      I want them to get the stats right. I’m tired of simming a 15 minute quarter game and my team only gaining 100 yards. Or one player having a half a tackle. 

    • Skylerblank97
    • Skylerblank97
    • http://twitter.com/the_EDJ Eric Jeanneret

      Confirmed via the EA blog! It’s everything we’ve needed in an online franchise for the past 3 years. 

      Add the physics engine and if it’s not bugged out like NCAA was last year, we’ve got the best Madden game created. Ever.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7T64OPBBOY2OEJTLCG5C6IDJPA Curtis leon

    i love it i told you guys that ea was redoing madden this year. and cam webber kinda hipped me on some things but i couldnt tell all of it . because i agreed with my cousin that i had to keep quit on some of this. now what do you thing now? nhl 13 will be the same. so as live.13

    • Amen_Ra

      This is really not that exciting man….UNtil the details are confirmed EA has been full of way too much shit to be believing the hype.

    • http://twitter.com/BmVc1 Brandon

      Meh…

    • http://twitter.com/BmVc1 Brandon

      Meh…

  • Keith.

    What is the XP that they mentioned?  Is that just the newest way for EA to charge $ for people to upgrade player attributes?

    • Crimson

       I would love to know where that Jpdavis1982 is right now. If I was him, I wouldn’t come around here either after that lame ass Madden presser.

      • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

         He is on the infinity engine post bragging and some other dude is too.

      • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

         He is on the infinity engine post bragging and some other dude is too.

      • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

         He is on the infinity engine post bragging and some other dude is too.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

      Xtra points. You get certain accomplishments, you get xtra points and you use those to boost a players attributes. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

      Xtra points. You get certain accomplishments, you get xtra points and you use those to boost a players attributes. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

      Xtra points. You get certain accomplishments, you get xtra points and you use those to boost a players attributes. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7T64OPBBOY2OEJTLCG5C6IDJPA Curtis leon

    they wanted to address alot that madden10,11,12 didnt do with the old crew. and story mode was a old idea brought back. the twitter thing was the answer to the news paper wait untill you here about trey wingo from espn as well . i told you all back in april . this crew is alot more hardcore friendly and the got sick people dogging them about 2k5.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7T64OPBBOY2OEJTLCG5C6IDJPA Curtis leon

    pasta i new this was comeing put as i said .it was hard keeping this quit from all of you

    • Crimson

      What the fuck are you talking about? Keep what quiet? They haven’t shown a damn thing to get excited about. Connect careers? Social media? Are you friggin serious?

  • Knowself5

    Hater are gonna HATE!! But seriously folks at 1st glance it looks to me that EA Sports has brought out the big GUNS! LOL RTP is enough to get my $45 from ToysRus! I mostly play Offline franchise mode so I will give Connected Careers some play. I wonder as a coach do you play offense and defense? Do you know Pasta?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003557037517 LaMont Waddy

    Confirmed good news:  http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/news/article/connected-careers-developer-blog

    Salary Cap

    We have a fully functional salary cap that increases every year. Just like you’re used to in offline franchise mode.

    Social Features

    Keep track of your league on the web and check in on Twitter or
    Facebook to see all the news that’s happening around the league.

    The Draft

    We’ve got a fully functioning online draft that features special commentary from Trey Wingo about players that have storylines.

    Cut Days

    Cut Days allows you to sign up to 75 players in the offseason and then
    cut down in the preseason. We’ve removed the generated players and made
    the feature much simpler.

    New Stat Engine

    We’ve got a new stat engine that we built from the ground up that uses
    real team playbooks and tendencies to deliver the most accurate stats in
    Madden NFL history.

    New Practice Mode

    We added a new practice mode that allows you to play game scenarios
    (similar to Madden Moments) each week to earn some extra XP. This will
    help when you’re just starting out or if you want to grind to progress
    faster.

    Trades

    You can offer trades to any team or human user as a coach. As mentioned above, we also have CPU proposed trades.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

    They didn’t say thing about the relocating a team. If you can keep the same logo and what not or if you can change the uniform (or stadium) without having to completely relocate the team. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

    They didn’t say thing about the relocating a team. If you can keep the same logo and what not or if you can change the uniform (or stadium) without having to completely relocate the team. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS6WSLFC3EUDVGCBXS3Y3WBYHU Screw Your Opinion

    They didn’t say thing about the relocating a team. If you can keep the same logo and what not or if you can change the uniform (or stadium) without having to completely relocate the team. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7T64OPBBOY2OEJTLCG5C6IDJPA Curtis leon

      thats next years game. again they wanted to get lot of things that the people ask for major out of the way first. they know about that as well.

  • Blazenhawks

    Once again EA has not touch a dang thing the online franchise is still the same. Superstar mode is still the same. All they did was copy and past what Fifa had with there social network. It’s just like game flow all over again something pointless and not what the fans want.

  • Blazenhawks

    Once again EA has not touch a dang thing the online franchise is still the same. Superstar mode is still the same. All they did was copy and past what Fifa had with there social network. It’s just like game flow all over again something pointless and not what the fans want.

    • JustAnotherDude

      This isn’t true at all.  Connected careers is the replacement for online franchise and Superstar mode.  It’s combined them all into one mode with the full functionality of the offline franchise, which can be played online or offline.

  • You Know Im Right

    I’m sorry, but this is nothing. They moved around a menu and cut them down into what screen. Cool it’s online. That doesn’t fix the fact that franchise mode sucks.

    I’m a 49ers fan and I have wanted to move my beloved team into a new bay area stadium for the entire lifespan of the xbox 360.  From Madden 06-13 we still haven’t been able to do this simple thing. I can’t rebuild in my city, the game wont allow it. My team and can’t move and keep my my colors or logo. I just want to rebuild. That’s just one of many pieces that made franchise mode in the 90’s and early 2000’s madden boom. Selling beer, setting prices, all little things that made a difference.

    This is terrible. I never though I’d be one of those people to quit this game but it’s official: I hate Madden. I wont ever be buying it again as long as EA is involved.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRNYYXZW5CPECODQZM2VGFZKI4 Jwaan

      And you know you won’t be missed.

    • Pastasucks

      This has got to be the gayest post I have ever read.

  • Gay

    Well, it all sounds cool to me.  If the physics engine works well, then Ill be happy.  Read through the connected careers developer blog.  Sounds good I suppose. May be fun.  May not.  What the fuck?  Gay!!!

  • Knowself5

    @ Amen Ra Go to the easpots website they have confirmed new trade logic, draft logic, and salary cap. This Madden is on another level.

    • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

       Last year was “new” logic and it was but it was bad.

      • Knowself5

        Like I said earlier RTP is worth the $45 all by itself! So Im all in; been playing since 1992 and it is my fav video game of all time even with its flaws.  I think this is the beginning of something special with this franchise; now that they have added more staff.

    • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

       Last year was “new” logic and it was but it was bad.

  • Mjtags11

    I think it would be great, but wish is was more offline.  I absolutely hate online franchises and online play and wish it never existed.

  • Mjtags11

    I think it would be great, but wish is was more offline.  I absolutely hate online franchises and online play and wish it never existed.

    • http://twitter.com/Starfoxleon The Great Leon

      I maybe one of the few people that agree with you. I know people love it and it is a great way to connect with out of state friends, but offline is better. Before online became important games had longer and better story modes and had more features in sports games.

  • PutcheeseonmyRoethlisberger

    Wow when I read this story. All my Madden dreams seem like they finally came true. Story:
    http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/news/article/connected-careers-developer-blog

  • asmckenna1215

    This has less to do with Madden and more to do with NHL, but after having read the article you linked to by Game Informer, I am immensely pleased with the additions and improvements EA is making to GM mode, and can’t wait to see them in action.  Thanks for the link, Pasta

  • Tom

    i don’t understand this (nvr played online franchise tho)… Do i have to wait to play games against others? Can i not boot it up and just play like immediately and not schedule a game or something? someone explain how the online playing actually works and if i have to play against others

  • JJ

    Hopefully this all works together and wasn’t driven by the need to water down this area of the game.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQ5KIKLT5FZW5PRA4YMP6WSSFY John O

    Not a big fan of this.  Ill tell you why.  EA’s marketing team are geniuses.  Programmers, not so much.  They stick with the rinky dinky format, tweak a little of it and let the marketing team do it’s magic.  And here we are, with the uber fantastic marketing ploy, “CONNECTED CAREERS” first time on a football game….EVAR!  

    And the whole infinity engine, basically a poor man’s rag doll.  We all seen how rag doll can be with backbreaker with a lot of silliness ensue.  Sure, it looks good at the initial moment of purchase, but after playing with it for awhile…that’s what she said…you notice all the shortcummings.  That’s what she said.

    • Profdoc

      The physics isn’t what everyone is expecting. It’s not like back breaker. It’s the same animation but they turn on physics when the animation starts then turn it off again. This will be like FIFA, you see physics for a few seconds, probably with all the broken limbs that come with physics and then it’ll go back to the same shitty animation engine. Connected careers = great marketing. We won’t know if it’s a success until we get a few seasons deep.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQ5KIKLT5FZW5PRA4YMP6WSSFY John O

        Touche.  Like our funniest President we ever had said, quoting from a famous Texas motto, “Fool me once, shame on me….Fool me and you can’t get fooled again”.

  • Skylerblank97
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GNPQE7GCEV3KAWT2DBJFQEYZVU Tawin k

    Simulated stats need to be fixed. I’m tired of my players having the least tackles in the league.

    I think the past versions of Madden tried to emulate real league stats instead of the stats that can actually be generated by playing a game.

    I also think being able to control the simulated game length would help this.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQ5KIKLT5FZW5PRA4YMP6WSSFY John O

      It’s not that. It’s a bug in the program not calcualting the assisted tackles with the solo tackles correctly.  Basically the stats are cheating us all.  It’s a big bug in the program that they can never seem to figure out without making drastic gameplay changes.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GNPQE7GCEV3KAWT2DBJFQEYZVU Tawin k

        That could be it but I’d still like to be able to play 5 min quarters if I wanted to and not be at the bottom of the league in stats.

        Being able to set the simulated game length for the rest of the AI teams in the league would fix that.

  • Quiksilveryelo

    I would love a live season mode. I.e. you play as your team each week along with the NFL season. All real NFL stats other than the games you play are updated every Tuesday, after all the games are played each week. So you are competing against MJD for the real rushing title and players stat updates are included in your franchise every week.

  • Bobo

    If I play CC and select to be a coach….do I get to play the game like old franchise or just call plays??
    Or if I select to be a player…then am I stuck being just that one player like superstar mode or can I play a game like old franchise?

    All I want is to play a game of football in franchise mode….what do I select to do that?

    And if I play 2 years as Andrew Luck and then “retire” to play as somebody else, does he retire and vanish from the CC after just 2 seasons?

    And Best of all…………will Favre be back???  (Cue spooky music)… Dun Dun Duuuuuuunnnnn

    • Nick

      I’m pretty sure if you play as a coach you control the whole team

  • Eagleyedesigns

    I do not like this at all.  This is football, not a fucking RPG…Dumb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000295534671 Jared Baxter

    Everyone bitched about Online Franchise not being the same as the offline mode, and now that it is, you still find something to complain about. 

  • Nick

    I’m very excited about this, it really sounds excellent and very repayable. I can’t wait for Madden!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Leon-Douglas/100000586305337 Curtis Leon Douglas

    come on man . give them some credit. but they are going to bring back alot stuff in future releases. this was the stuff that madden 10,11,12 should of have in it. you guys dont understand how hard cam webber fought to get this stuff put in. and the big brass listen.they want you back. and he trying to bring the hardcore gamers back. and i think if you dont like dont buy it. but to attack other people for pointing out the good in the game is crazy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Leon-Douglas/100000586305337 Curtis Leon Douglas

    i understand you guys fustrations with ea- sports. but to just down right dogg them for being creative is crazy as well. 2k sports is not going after the nfl anymore. they may not even do the nba after this year. unless sony steps up with a game like they did in the past .then were stuck with ea. unless the nfl says so. i give ea alot credit for doing this now. because they could have gave us the same crap just as has been before.and waited untill xbox720,ps-4, the wuii systems were out. yes they have a long way to go. but this a start to the future systems. how can you defend a company who only gives you a ok nba basketball game. and a crappy baseball game. and got rid of nhl hockey series, as well the best football game, as well college basketball.. and defend them like they care about you. but the company who”s not give up on sports  video games.

  • MMO123

    Boy oh boy are some people going to be surprised when they get Madden and find out that import draft class has been completely removed for this year, that customization was taken out, so no changing numbers, editing players, equipment, oh, and custom playbooks are gone.  But we got RPG-style storylines!

  • Jaybone

    Can I control all multiple teams in a Connected Career?

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