First Madden NFL 15 Screenshot Reveals Tattoos Finally Being Added to Players

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Posted June 4th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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On the same day the San Francisco 49ers signed Colin Kaepernick to a massive contact extension, EA Sports has released the first screenshot for Madden NFL 15 and it features the QB. The biggest thing of note here is the presence of tattoos.

Until now the NFL has prevented EA from putting tattoos on players and along with various other restrictions have limited the potential authenticity of the series. With the new contract between EA and the NFL, which may or may not include exclusivity, different terms may be in place that will hopefully benefit the game due to greater creative freedom.

[Update] Kaepernick is the ONLY player that will have tattoos in Madden 15. So much for thinking the game would become more authentic.

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  • SmoothOperator

    Finally! But I doubt it would be a feature for created players.

    • SwagRat

      Tattoos used to be a feature on madden 06 for the ps2 i believe. so anything is possible.

    • Casor_Greener

      Whop gives a damn about tats?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Tattoos!!!!! HOLY SH*T the graphics look amazing i’m just gonna start waiting for all the ANTI EA HATER AND NFL2K FANBOYS TO START HATING IN 3…. 2….. 1…..

    • ikey mike

      well for your information, NFL2K was the most rightous game that…

      lol

    • Honey bunches of bitches.

      Why would they hate…….I hate Madden. But, nobody would hate on them do something the fans always wanted. If anything this just fuels the rumors the NFL/2K rumors. EA never does anything good unless they’re forced to. Ya feel me ?

      • Keith.

        More fuel for the 2K football fire (courtesy of someone over at OS). I knew 2K always sponsors a college hoops game every year, but this year they’re also apparently sponsoring a football game in Sept.:

        http://www.bravotickets.com/2K-Sports-Classic-Football

        I haven’t been able to find any other announcements about 2K’s involvement with this game. But it’s something else that leaves you wondering.

        • Casor_Greener

          How is this relevant to creating a game?

          • Keith.

            I’d be surprised to see 2K sponsoring a soccer match, since they don’t make a soccer game. At the same time, it’s no surprise they sponsor basketball, since they make a basketball game. Do you really not see what I’m getting at?

          • Casor_G

            You have to be Stretch Armstrong with that reach bro

    • ConCity Soldier

      The graphics do look nice. I just hope the gameplay backs it up. Madden 25 is trash, at least on last gen consoles. I never had a chance to play it on PS4, but I will buy Madden 15 on PS4. I hope it’s good…

    • vic

      Lol calm down guy it’s a nice screenshot but every year we get a nice screenshot from what I see it looks amazing let’s wait and see how it translates to actually playing I hope it’s good I really do

    • http://www.chris-garman.com SteelByDesign

      It does look great… but that’s never really been the issue with this series.

      • Iown You

        I thought the graphics sucked for the entire PS2/XBOX era.

        • http://www.chris-garman.com SteelByDesign

          I’d prefer sub-par gfx and some really awesome gameplay to what it’s been lately.

          I’m not a fanboy… But I bought madden and NBA 2k with my PS4. I’m STILL playing 2k, and was done with Madden in a month.

          • Iown You

            Agreed. I’d take PS1 graphics if the gameplay and animations are hot. But I thought 2K Football had enough on both ends that I didn’t have to fool with Madden.

  • Tru

    What are the three lineman doing in the background on the right? You can polish a turd all you want but deep down you know its still a turd.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    In the past couple days the visuals for Madden 15 and NHL 15 have been amazing i can’t wait to see what NBA LIVE 15 that will really make all the 2K fanboys and brainwashed sheep mad

    • Jeremy J.

      I definitely wouldn’t hold my breath on that NBA Live 15 statement.

  • dhall

    Fuckin’ looks great…Until it moves…

    • Keith.

      Sounds like people jumped the gun on tattoos for everybody being in the game:

      “”We want to be as authentic as possible, so we were pleased that Colin was able to secure the rights to the tattoos,” said Seann Graddy, senior producer of Madden 15, which hits shelves on Aug. 26. “There’s a ton of buzz around this. In this game, we only have Colin’s tattoos, but we’d love to secure the rights to the tattoos of other players in the future.”

      http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11036778/madden-15-feature-san-francisco-49ers-qb-colin-kaepernick-tattoos

      So it’ll just be one guy in the entire game with tattoos. LoL

      • Trey Warner

        That’s so ridiculous of EA that you just have to laugh lmao

  • HeatFan786

    Finally, we have a next gen Madden sighting. I guess the Madden 25 port was just a halfassed product to create time to develop Madden 15?

    • Details

      Yeah you can tell those E3 Madden 25 “captured from actual gameplay” screenshots from last year were totally for Madden 15 lol. I think EA intended on making Madden 25 look like what we see in this Capernick screenshot but probably fell short on time & decided to hold off til 15. So what they probably ended up doing was port from last gen for Madden 25. This makes me mad on one hand but also excited that Madden 15 will be our 1st true Next Gen football game.

      • HeatFan786

        I think that they did the same thing w/ Madden 06.

      • Iown You

        They had more than enough lead time this time around (about 18 months) which wouldn’t be enough for every AAA, but they have an enormous staff working on Madden, so time wasn’t even remotely an issue with Madden 25. That would’ve been a legitimate excuse for Madden 06 because Tiburon got their kits late last time. Not this time.

        It’s more likely that they decided to spend fewer resources because they knew the install base would be initially small for the initial release period of PS4/XB1, and football is considered “out of season” for the majority of its fanbase once the Super Bowl is over. The new systems were released in mid-late November, giving them only a little over 2 solid months to sell the game to that small initial install base.

        The Kap pic looks amazing, but it’s not on par with the 1st fake trailer they showed. That said, it looks to good to complain about graphics. Thing is, once the game moves it’s going to wreck all the good hype the graphical detail has shot through the internet.

  • Details

    EA is somethin else lol. Let me just say the screenshot looks amazing! This is what I envisioned Next Gen to look like for Madden. That said, I find it very ironic that EA is finally stepping it up with all of the rumours of NFL 2K coming back lol. Hmm….. Something is definitely different with their license agreement this time around. There’s a reason they’ve been so hush about it. I’m curious about what kind of deal they have. Either way this screenshot is great news because we finally might be getting a true Next Gen football experience. I think the tattoos lend more credence to the 2K comeback rumours. We shall see!

  • Twelve(One)

    Is this the year they finally get some updated equipment in the game as well? probably not because in terms of authenticity among sports games madden has always been dead last.

  • MoneyMayweather

    lol #74 not blocking anyone not blocking anyone.

    • Skihawks

      The dude can be running to the concession for all I care. Looks pretty.

  • Jeremy J.

    It’s almost depressing to see this. Year after year I have given Madden a chance and I’ve been disappointed every year since 06/07 on PS2. I don’t doubt that the game will look good and that the tattoos will make players standout, but I fear that gameplay is going to be lacking and greatly flawed as always. Obviously I’m not saying Madden 15 is going to be bad, but I think it’s fair for me to be less than optimistic at this point.

  • Jese Hall

    Ill believe it when I see it in action and on every player not just stars. Jake Long and Taylor Lewan for example

  • PancakePatterson

    Who cares about Tattoos. I want revamped commentary that actually recognizes important games, trades and signings etc. I’m tired of the same stale commentary.

  • Tazdevil20

    I guess I’m a little baffled over the excitement of this screen shot. Madden has always looked good…. When it’s a still shot and a replay. Couple of things…
    1. We’ve been down this road so many times before. This is a still shot from a replay, the game will not look like this when you are actually PLAYING it.

    2. Still shots are nice and all, but the disaster that is Madden NFL goes into full effect once it starts MOVING. If EA were making still picture text based games, this would be great. Unfortunately the calamity that is Tiburon will be showing their incredible ineptitude yet another year with another embarrassing football title riddled with bugs and silly looking player movement and interactions.

    If Madden TRULY does end up playing like a football game instead of the steaming pile of dung that it is now, I’ll be the first to come back here and eat a monstrous plate of crow. However, color me confident as hell that will not be the case…

  • Skihawks

    This looks incredible. NHL looks just as incredible.

    I have never had an issue with Madden. Regardless of the reasons behind the improvements, gamers win. This is the year where next-gen games will finally look and play like next gen. With the developers loving the hardware and what it can do for AI, seeing these pics is an excellent sign of things to come. E3 should be awesome!

  • Ian Dickson

    Good Evening Madden Players, Producers, Publishers, Directors, Game Creators, and others there is one more thing that EASports should which is to add one more part to the equipment such as THE MOUTHPIECE LIKE ON MADDEN 2004, MADDEN 2005, 2006, 2007, ON THE PS2. (LIKE Jeremy J. alluded to) TO SAY JEREMY J. IF I AM YOU I WOULD HAVE PLENTY OF REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC BUT I WOULD SUGGEST TO PLAY MADDEN NFL 25 FOR THE PS4 (PLAYSTATION 4) THEN YOU CAN GIVE SOME TYPE TOUGH LOVE/ CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM ON HOW EASPORTS DISAPPOINTED U WITH EACH AND EVERY MADDEN THAT WAS RELEASED EVER SINCE MADDEN NFL 06 AND 07 ON THE PS2. BTW (BY THE WAY), I LOOKED AT THE TRAILER FIRST HAND ON YOUTUBE JEREMY J. AND THE GRAPHICS FOR THE PS4 LOOKED VERY GOOD; NOW WITH THAT BEING SAID, I WANT EASPORTS TO ENHANCE THE GRAPHICS, MAKE THE PLAYCALLING REALISTIC LIKE IN REAL LIFE AS IF WE ARE WATCHING A REAL FOOTBALL GAME AND THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR IS CALLING THE PLAYS IN THEIR HELMETS WITH THE GREEN STICKER ON THE BACK, ALSO ENHANCE THE GAMEPLAY MAKE IT ENJOYABLE FOR EVERY FAN AND PLAYER OF MADDEN AND FINALLY LET IT NOT DISAPPOINT ANYBODY INCLUDING U JEREMY J.. ALSO JEREMY J. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE THE TRAILER GO TO YOUTUBE TYPE MADDEN NFL 15 TRAILER AND CAROLINA PANTHERS LINEBACKER LUKE KUECHLY WILL BE DOING THE HONORS. THANK YOU IAN D. PRIDE1190NOWGODMAKESAWAY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Iown You

      Hit CAPS LOCK. Thank you.

  • hungryandrew

    Once it moves, the end will come……….

  • Von

    Would they please update the glove selection? It’s been the same reebok gloves that have been available since Madden 2009… You would think with the exclusive nike license that they would actually put some nike gloves in the game….

  • Twelve(One)

    I just read an article on ESPN that said the game is only gonna have Kaepernicks tattoos and nobody elses, Pasta can you confirm this? The article said that Colin had to get the rights from the tattoo artist, hahah are you kidding me? How come NBA 2k has all the tattoos for every single player in the game? Does 2K seriously go and seek out every tattoo artist for every player?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Apparently yes, because of copyright issues. Though that doesn’t explain why NBA 2K, UFC, ect can put tattoos on players without issue.

    • Iown You

      The ESPN article was simply parroting information told by EA/Tiburon. I’m calling horseshit on that excuse until a lawyer confirms it.

      • jaraider80

        Since every other EA sports product has no reservations about including tattoos, would suspect this has more to do with NFL/NFLPA policy. Doesn’t mean they couldn’t include generic tattoos, though. One tribal sleeve would take care of Jake Long, Richie Icognito and Taylor Lewan pretty quick. Going to look pretty weird when only one player in the entire game has ink.

      • jaraider80

        As for the graphics in general, just fixing the player’s faces would be huge. Way too many big names from 25, including Kaepernick, looked nothing like themselves. If that’s how his face looks in Madden 15, it will be more impressive than tattoos.

  • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

    Copyright issues. The NFL requires players get the rights to the tattoos from the artists. Otherwise they could be risking a lawsuit.

    • AmazinsCowboys

      Ah ok makes sense, thanks. So what’s the main difference with the NBA? Do they not require the players obtain the rights to the tattoos or do all the players actually obtain the rights?

      • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

        Difference in terms agreed to by the players associations. My understanding is the NFLPA requires they get waivers to have them in media like video games.

  • Ian Dickson

    I object to the Fact that just San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick gets Tattoos? See if I am each and every NFL player that loves wearing tattoos I would protest and ask the NFL for permission to have their tattoos on Madden NFL 15. That is just plain bias, stereotyping, and unfair, I do not like that at all. I agree with AmazinsCowboys response to Colin Kaepernick being the only NFL player to get tattoos because he have gotten permission from the NFL. EVERY SINGLE NFL PLAYER SHOULD HAVE TATTOOS AND I WANT THEM TO GRANT PERMISSION FROM THE NFL TO GET TATTOOS SO THAT MADDEN NFL 15’S GRAPHICS WOULD BE MUCH REALISTIC; TO PIGGY BACK OR ALLUDE TO WHAT AMAZINSCOWBOYS MENTIONED WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE ON NBA 2K12, NBA 2K13, NBA 2K14, AND NOW NBA 2K15, THE NBA DOES NOT REQUIRE PLAYERS TO OBTAIN THE RIGHTS TO THE TATTOOS. PLAYERS OF NBA 2K JUST PUT TATTOOS ON PLAYERS OR ON THEIR CREATED PLAYERS ON MYPLAYER, MYCAREER; IT SHALL BE THE SAME FOR MADDEN BECAUSE ON MADDEN NFL 2005, MADDEN NFL 2006, MADDEN NFL 2007, MADDEN NFL 2008, AND MADDEN NFL 2009 FOR THE PS2 DID PLAYERS HAD TO OBTAIN THEIR RIGHTS THEN I DON’T THINK SO. EASPORTS SHOULD GO TO THE PLAYERS THAT WEAR TATTOOS AND ASK THEM FOR THEIR RIGHTS INSTEAD OF THOSE PLAYERS THAT ARE NOT IN FAVOR OR DISLIKES WEARING TATTOOS BECAUSE I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE THE GAME MUCH MORE AUTHENTIC, REALISTIC, FAIR, AND ENJOYABLE FOR EVERY MADDEN PLAYER.

  • Ian Dickson

    I ALSO THINK THAT THE PLAYERS SHOULD GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE TATTOOS BE ON MADDEN NFL 15 BY OBTAINING SOME FROM APPROVAL FROM THE ARTISTS. THE REASON BEING IS BECAUSE THE PLAYERS HAVE RIGHTS, THEY ARE THE ONES MAKING THE MONEY AND ENTERTAINING US THEY DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT; ANOTHER WORDS, IT’S THEIR CHOICE BUT I JUST THINK THAT OTHERS PLAYERS LIKE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS RUNNING BACK MARSHAWN “BEAST MODE” LYNCH, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS YOUNG WR DRAFT PICK FROM LAST YEAR (FORMER OKLAHOMA SOONERS WR) KENNY STILLS, NEW SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AND FORMER BUFFALO BILLS WR STEVIE JOHNSON, CURRENT BUFFALO BILLS YOUNG WR (FORMER USC TROJANS WR) ROBERT WOODS, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MLB NAVORRO BOWMAN, FORMER PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AND CURRENT WASHINGTON REDSKINS WR DeSean Jackson, EVEN THE COVER ATHLETE OF MADDEN NFL 15 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS CB RICHARD SHERMAN, CLEVELAND BROWNS WR JOSH GORDON, HOUSTON TEXANS HB ARIAN FOSTER, ST.LOUIS RAMS OL JAKE LONG, FORMER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AND CURRENT DENVER BRONCOS CB AQIB TALIB, FORMER KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AND CURRENT TENNESSEE TITANS DEXTER MCCLUSTER, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS YOUNG’UN ( FORMER LOUISIANA TECH WR) QUINTON PATTON, FORMER MISSOURI TIGERS AND CURRENT ST. LOUIS RAMS 7thº ROUND DRAFT PICK MICHAEL SAM, CAROLINA PANTHERS HB DeAngelo Williams, THE DAVIS BROTHERS FORMER MIAMI DOLPHINS AND CURRENT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS CB VONTAE DAVIS AND SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS TE VERNON DAVIS, FORMER NY JETS, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, AND CURRENT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS CB DARRELLE REVIS, KC CHIEFS ROOKIE DUAL THREAT (FORMER OREGON DUCKS DUAL THREAT) De’Anthony Thomas, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DRAFT PICK (FORMER FLORIDA GATORS DT DOMINIQUE EASLEY) FORMER TENNESSEE TITANS AND CURRENT NY JETS HB CHRIS “CJ2K” JOHNSON, SO ON SO FORTH ARE ENTITLED TO SAY IF THEY WANT THE ARTIST TO PLACE TATTOOS ON THEM ON MADDEN. I LOVE THE IDEA BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE NO SINGLING ANYONE NFL PLAYER ROOKIE OR VETERAN OUT!!!!!!!! SEE IN REALITY WE STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW BLESSED WE ARE BECAUSE GOD, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YESHUA, JEHOVAH JIRAH, JEHOVAH NISSI, ADONAI, ELSHADAI, ABBA, WHATEVER NAME WE WANT TO REFER TO HIM AS REWARDED US WITH THESE PRIVILEGES, MATERIALISTIC THINGS, RIGHTS, FREEDOM, OF SPEECH, THE 25 AMENDMENTS SPECIFICALLY THE 2ND AMENDMENT THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS, ETC. HE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM US BECAUSE HE HAS THAT POWER AND BTW (BY THE WAY), THE PLAYERS THAT I MENTIONED IN THIS COMMENT SHOULD TELL THE ARTISTS TO HAVE THEIR TATTOOS ON MADDEN NFL 15 INCLUDING RICHARD SHERMAN; IF SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS QB COLIN KAEPERNICK HAS OBTAINED HIS RIGHTS FROM THE ARTISTS TO PUT SOME TATTOOS ON HIM THEN THE REST OF THE PLAYERS THAT LIKE WEARING TATTOOS SHOULD CONSIDER THE IDEA. I LIKE THE IDEA BECAUSE IT MAKES SENSE FOR THE GRAPHICS, FEATURES, AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF THE GAME BEING REALISTIC AND AUTHENTIC!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ian Dickson

    THESE TWO COMMENTS IS TO MADDEN SENIOR PRODUCER SEAN GRADDY!!!!!!!

  • Ian Dickson

    TO ADD THE PLAYERS THAT LIKES WEARING TATTOOS FORMER AUBURN TIGERS AND CURRENT ST. LOUIS RAMS ROOKIE HB TRE MASON, FORMER ARIZONA WILDCAT AND CURRENT CHICAGO BEARS ROOKIE HB KA’DEEM CAREY, FORMER OHIO STATE BUCKEYES AND CURRENT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS HB CARLOS HYDE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS YOUNG HB LE’VEON BELL, FORMER WASHINGTON HUSKIES AND CURRENT TENNESSEE TITANS ROOKIE HB BISHOP SANKEY, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES HB LE’SEAN “SHADY” MCCOY, BALTIMORE RAVENS HB RAY RICE, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SAFETY KENNY VACCARO, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WR SIDNEY RICE, FREE AGENT QB TERRELLE PRYOR, FORMER NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AND CURRENT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SAFETY MALCOLM JENKINS, FORMER WASHINGTON REDSKINS, NY JETS, AND CURRENT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SAFETY LARON LANDRY, FORMER DENVER BRONCOS, MIAMI DOLPHINS AND CURRENT CHICAGO BEARS WR BRANDON MARSHALL, CINCINNATI BENGALS DT DEMATA PEKO, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS LB PATRICK WILLIS, FORMER DENVER BRONCOS AND CURRENT NY JETS WR ERIC DECKER, FREE AGENT QB JOSH JOHNSON, GREEN BAY PACKERS CB SAM SHIELDS, ONCE AGAIN SO ON AND SO FORTH SHOULD HAVE THE NFLPA AND EA TO REQUIRE THE TATTOO ARTISTS THAT DESIGNED THE TATTOOS FOR PLAYERS AND MADDEN SENIOR PRODUCER SEAN GRADDY TO SIGN WAIVERS AS WELL. THE REASON WHY I SAY IT IS UNFAIR IS BECAUSE THE TATTOOS ARTISTS THAT PUT TATTOOS IN ONLY FOR COLIN KAEPERNICK DID IT FOR THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER DUE TO THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ORGANIZATION GIVING A NICE PAYOUT CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH INCENTIVES. (A 6 YR DEAL WORTH 126M AND 61M GUARANTEED REALLY 13 MILLION) ALSO BECAUSE EASPORTS AND THE NFLPA APPROVED SIGNED THE WAIVER TO HAVE THE TATTOO ARTIST HAVE ONLY EMPHASIS ON ONLY COLIN KAEPERNICK WEAR TATTOOS ON MADDEN NFL 15; TO ME IT SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON THAT. Ian A. Dickson PRIDE1190NOWGODMAKESAWAY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chris b

    Please, for the love of all things holy, can they add the current gloves and shoes to the game. it cannot be that difficult.

  • PRIDE_1190NOWGOD

    You know what chris b. I can attest to that because I’m guessing that you want the equipment and the gloves with the team logos on the front and different colored cleets is what you are referring to right if I am not mistaken?

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