Set custom audibles right from the play call screen with latest update to Madden NFL 18

Posted December 12th, 2017 at 8:00 am

The latest patch for Madden NFL 18 has not just delivered some improvements and fixes but added a brand new useful feature to the game. Known as “Audibles on the Fly” the feature allows for custom audibles to be set right from the play call screen by formation and can be utilized in every mode and on both offense and defense.

Additionally the update affects gameplay and Franchise Mode where the play call screen lag has been fixed and the ability to turn on injuries with Competitive play style added.  

Audibles on the Fly

Audibles on the Fly is a feature that allows users to change any formation audible from the Play Call screen at any point in the game.

This feature will bring a level of strategy to Madden that you see from the best players and coaches in the NFL by allowing users to change up their scheme or game plan mid-game to make “on the fly” adjustments to counter your opponent’s scheme. This feature also introduces custom audibles in modes like Madden Ultimate Team for the first time ever.

To access the audibles on the fly feature, you need to be selecting plays by formation when at the Play Call screen. Any play tagged as an audible in the selected formation will have a yellow corner, helping the user know which audibles they have at a glance while browsing plays. Once you have selected a formation and are at the Play Call screen, simply press LT/L2 to bring up the Replace Audible menu.


♦Added additional performance penalties when using defensive players on offense
♦Tuned so that defenders with the Disciplined penalty trait will not jump offsides when Pass Rush Coach Adjustment is set to Balanced
♦Addressed an issue around facemask penalties triggering when the Strip Ball Coach Adjustment was set to Conservative

Franchise Mode

♦Addressed Play Call screen lag issue
♦Added logic for Franchise leagues to turn Injuries ON via settings when using the Competitive Game Style
♦Addressed issue making player skills appear locked after spending XP to unlock them when scouting for the Draft
♦Addressed issue causing players’ stats and ratings to occasionally change when scrolling down on the menu during a Fantasy Draft

Online Stability

♦Deployed new technology that will help mitigate some of the disconnect issues. If you or your opponent are experiencing a network issue, you will see messaging in the UI letting you know of the problem and will attempt to reconnect you.

  • Joe Martin

    Just release a complete game for once.

  • MoneyMayweather

    Can’t afford Madden 18 on xbox one where all my friends are.

  • Religiondoesntmakesensebro

    The guys online will find a way to abuse this.

  • Roth Wood

    I don’t believe EA ruined the running game with this last patch !!! Running backs, punt and kick returners are too slow !!!

    • Keith.

      Seeing a lot of complaints about this on OS.

      • Roth Wood

        Damn it Rex and his incompetent group of developers. When
        the game had everything to become one of the best games of the
        franchise EA launches this patch that made the running game almost
        impossible. I should not have dowloaded this patch.

        • Iown You

          That’s strange. Is that a user v. user issue? Because on All-Madden against the CPU, I’m straight abusing defenses with the running game.

          • Roth Wood

            This issue is happening in User x Cpu games. I’m Reading about this problem a lot on OS.

          • Roth Wood

            Play against Dallas Cowboys and see WR Ryan Switzer make a kick off return. He is slow like a turtle !!!

          • Iown You

            Oh, I see what you’re talking about. Yeah, that’s a bug that started in Madden 16 and it looks like it’s back again. Sadly, in 16 they never were able to fix it (and I wonder if they even tried). Apparently, Tiburon’s code bugs are like whack-a-mole: they may hit it, but it just pops up someplace else.

  • Rebel

    I remember choosing audibles from the playcall screen way back in NCAA Football 2005.

    • Rich

      yeah and they pitch it is like an innovative idea today 🙂

  • ClubSteve

    not ground breaking, but i will take it……better late than never.

  • Roth Wood

    The game was running cool before this damn patch. Even though my WRs were still trying to catch the ball too far from the field (how stupid!). But
    I had a good running average with some Running Backs, a lot of field
    goals blocked by the CPU (Finally) and also some return touchdowns,
    especially with Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer.