MUT Squads is now official for Madden NFL 18

Posted May 31st, 2017 at 8:00 am

After a three year absence online cooperative play will return in Madden NFL 18. Teased yesterday in advance of the official announcement, what used to be known as Online Team Play will now be called MUT Squads and be housed within Ultimate Team.

Like OTP in the past MUT Squads is 3-vs-3 but adds the hook of improving and shaping the roster while distributing different responsibilities to each of the people involved.

Every MUT Squads game will start 3 vs 3. You do this by clicking on the MUT Squads tile inside of Madden Ultimate Team and entering the MUT Squads lobby. Here, you can invite your friends to go into game together or by entering matchmaking on your own where we will pair you up with two other players. To be perfectly clear, no matter if it’s just you or one other friend in the MUT Squads lobby, we will find the additional players it takes to enter a MUT Squads game.

Besides team-building it’s the roles that each user takes on that will differentiate MUT Squads most from OTP.

Offense Captain
♦Brings in all players from Offense and Special Teams for that user’s MUT Lineup
♦Brings in the offensive playbook and calls every play on Offense
♦When on Offense, you control the QB at the start of every play
♦However they are not player-locked to the QB post-snap. If you call a run play and neither of the other two human-controlled players are on the HB, the player controlling the QB will immediately switch and become the ball carrier
♦Controls all audibles and adjustments on Offense
♦When on Defense, the user can control any of the 11 players on the field not controlled by another user
♦There is no locking into only linebackers, defensive line, or secondary

Defense Captain
♦Brings in all players from Defense for that user’s MUT Lineup
♦Brings in the defensive playbook and calls every play on Defense
♦When on Defense, the user can control any of the 11 players on the field not controlled by another user
♦There is no locking into only linebackers, defensive line, or secondary
♦Controls all audibles and adjustments on Defense
♦When on Offense, the user can control anyone besides the QB at the start of any given play

Head Coach
♦Brings in the Head Coach, Stadium, and Uniforms for that user’s MUT Lineup
♦Calls timeouts and determines the results of penalties for the Squad
♦When on Offense, the user can control anyone besides the QB at the start of any given play
♦When on Defense, the user can control any of the 11 players on the field not controlled by another user
♦There is no locking into only linebackers, defensive line, or secondary

  • hOv

    Ultimate Team no thanks. This is where these games are going now. Its all they care about.

    • Jacob Lawson

      I agree.
      EA Sports Needs to change Madden to “Madden Ultimate Team 16, 17, 18 ect…” cause that is all that is “In The Game!”

      • hungryandrew

        They only care and focus their attention on this mode. Unfortunately morons and streamers waste thousands of dollars on madden packs, smh. Nevermind focusing on franchise mode or animations. smh

        • MoneyMayweather

          Morons who are having fun with the cash they paid Unlike broke guys like you some people have high paying jobs.

          • Mike D.

            Just because you have money doesn’t mean you should go around wasting it on useless things. Now carry on with your stream, keep feeding the 2k/EA machine, cakehead.

          • MoneyMayweather

            LOLOLOL when did I say I spend anything on MUT? LOL

            Way to make shit up for the sake of the argument. this andrew fella is a trouble user. and I’m giving him a tongue lashing. back off.

      • BravesFan24

        In fairness (and those who read this site regularly know that I am NOT an apologist for Madden or EA), they are apparently adding a story career mode AND an NFL Live mode, so it seems the focus isn’t all on Ultimate Team this time around.

        But really, it’s not surprising that the spotlight has been on UT since that’s a major cash flow for EA.

        • Skopin

          Truthfully, the focus needs to be on gameplay and AI, not modes. All the new modes in the world aren’t going to make the gameplay better.

          • BravesFan24

            Oh, I absolutely agree with that.

    • MoneyMayweather

      I agree hov

    • Zach

      This is what I hate about The Show and NBA 2K. Catering towards modes like Diamond Dynasty and The Park. I’m tired of it

      • MoneyMayweather

        only me and you and Pasta will understand a world where game play changes triumphs stuff like this.

  • SockfulOfNickels

    I think this could be fun, like big, big fun with friends.

  • jbstoner44

    EA has abandoned their “sim” crowd for the MUT crowd. Anyone who purchase Madden ever deserved to get burned with another watered-down game. Madden is everything except true football

  • MoneyMayweather

    Pasta did you hear Kyrie Irving in the cover boy for NBA 2k18?

  • I’m Just Saying

    Oh be still my heart. I’ve complained about QBs lazer accuracy; psychic defense; unrealistic injuries, outdated player scouting system, and a host of other issues with this game. But at least I can play online with other people on a team.

    EA, seriously… you better do better than this.

  • Jay (The Truth)

    Have mixed feelings about it. On the one end, genuinely believe Devs that infusion of OTP with MUT will give the mode more legs longterm, and make it more interesting an experience persistently (Played a lot of OTP with friends in the past, and it could get dull at times as an OVR 73 WR or OVR 78 running back) during games.

    However, also think the elephant in the room in the big picture is going to hurt the product as well as Ultimate Team. EA’s (and 2K) heavy handed approach to try and herd people to the revenue generating modes is not smart. Ultimate Team isn’t for everybody, and that’s okay. Trying to shoehorn it into more aspects of the game to expand the audience is going to (already getting there) transition disinterest in Ultimate Team from everybody else into disdain. It’s a nearly billion dollar business. Allow people to discover it organically (unrealistic, I know).

    Keep in mind, this is coming from an avid Madden Ultimate Team player (zero money spent). They’re going about trying to expand it in the worst (and most obvious) possible way (constant near advertisement in The Journey in FIFA, Draft champions in FIFA/Madden yield UT rewards, etc). Going to inevitably ensure more people never try UT versus getting them to try it, which is unfortunate.

  • Shaun

    Sounds awesome, love MUT! They need to keep improving it like they have been as it’s gotten better every year! Take my money! 😉

  • Nicholas Bailey


    Hello ladies and gentlemen,

    It’s almost that time of year again. Madden 18 is only a few months away and will be sure to keep us playing well into February (hopefully).

    I’m part of a group of 8 that have a quite intense multi-franchise we do every year. Last year was a huge success and the additions made by EA kept us interested and playing well after the season was over.

    We’re looking to expand the franchise to maybe 15 teams, which means an addition of 8 new owners.

    What’s unique about this league?

    We have a rulebook, play with adjusted sliders, play each season for money, special advancement rules and options, etc..

    To do this, we bring all rules to a vote, which is why every year, we host an Owners Meeting. This year’s Owners Meeting will be taking place in July, but before we do that, we have to solidify our owners.

    The franchise is extremely competitive and active. If you’re looking for something more leisurely, this is not for you. This past season we advanced one week every two days, no matter what. However, if everyone played and/or agreed to advance, we would advance.

    The only requirement we have is that you must be older that 24 years old. As I stated, there’s a pay schedule and we want to make sure everything is run smoothly.

    If you’re interested, email me at baile204 at gmail dot com.