With just five weeks until NBA 2K17 releases the game still remains largely a mystery. Outside of the franchise modes getting league expansion and the inclusion of the USA’s Olympic teams there’s practically nothing else known about what’ll be new this year.
Now though 2K Sports has provided at least a glimpse at the game with the first trailer which is naturally focused on showcasing the 2016 National Team and 1992 Dream Team.Â Unfortunately the trailer acts as only a tease as it’s still not known what role the teams and Olympics play in the game and whether other nations from around the world will be represented.
EA Sports announced early this week that Formation Subs will be included in Madden NFL 17’s Franchise Mode. While initially left out of the feature set it’ll now make it in with the patch that arrives alongside the game as it’s released. Operation Sports has a developer blog detailing the Formation SubsÂ which allow for the designation of players to be on the field in particular formations regardless of how the depth chart is sorted.
The ability to set formation substitutions was one of the community’s most requested features so its return with the assurance that it’ll be in the game day one is welcome despite the functionality lacking in some respects.Â The launch update in question will likely beÂ out byÂ next WednesdayÂ in order to align with the beginning of theÂ EA Access trial period.
While the basics have been known for some time now regarding what’s new in NHL 17 for the mode formerly known as Be a GMÂ – relocation (check out the list of 19 cities) and other ownership aspects being added – EA Sports had yet to go into the specifics of the features. Those arrived today however with complete details on what to expect out of Franchise Mode when the game releasesÂ next month.Â Read more
One of the big new features for Franchise Mode in NHL 17 is team relocation. Be a GM will offer the opportunity to move a team to a new city and 19 of them have now been revealed. Cities vary in size of the market, fan engagement, stadium funding percentage, and interest in the team which will presumably play a role in whether relocation is accepted by the league.
Relocation Options: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Halifax, Hamilton, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Portland, Quebec City, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Saskatoon, Seattle.
Relocation comes into play because of the new ownership aspect in Be a GM, which also adds in other team-control aspects like ticket prices, marketing, and arena upgrades.
Rocket League has done a fantastic job of adding new creative ways to play post-release, with everything from modes that experiment with physics and the arenas to new base sports like hockey and basketball. Now for the first time power-ups are being introduced to the game with a new mode set to arrive in September.
Developer Psyonix just announced “Rumble” as a free new mode for the Playlist and Mutator areas of the game.Â There will be 11 different power-ups contained within Rumble: Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Make sure to get your entries in for the latest giveaway of a Madden NFL 17 copy!
â™¦Winners and losers from a wider analysis of player ratings in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Breaking out the top rated teams by Overall, Offense, Defense in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦New high-level tiers have been added to Captain Stores in MLB The Show 16.
â™¦Pre-orders of NBA 2K17 are 20% off for Amazon Prime members including the $100 edition.
â™¦Pre-orders of Madden NFL 17 are live and 20% off for Amazon Prime members.
â™¦Pre-orders of FIFA 17 are live and 20% off to Amazon Prime members.
â™¦Brand new bundle now available for pre-order of 1TB Xbox One SÂ with Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Less than six weeks untilÂ NBA 2K17 releases but still very little is known about the game.
â™¦Ultimate Team will be replacing “Styles” with a “Chemistry” system in Madden NFL 17.
â™¦New ratings hub introduced for Madden NFL 17 including the formula behind Overall Rating.
â™¦EA Sports offers a look at how player likenesses are created for the Madden NFL series.
â™¦EA Sports announced the latest marketing partnership for FIFA series with Bayern Munich.
â™¦EA Sports has added some new globally-themed content to NBA Live Mobile.
â™¦The potential damages from the tattoo lawsuit against Take Two/NBA 2K have been limited.
â™¦The PC version of PES 2017 will sadly continue to be based on the 360/PS3 versions.
â™¦The popular mobile game Motorsport Manager will now be coming to PC in September.
â™¦Details on the latest game update to have gone outÂ for Out of the Park Baseball 17.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by 11.22.63 and Supergirl S1.
With four months of MLB The Show 16 now in the books itâ€™s time to evaluate just how developer Sony San Diego can improve on an all-around excellent game next year. From gameplay to the big modes (Diamond Dynasty, Franchise, Road to the Show) the Press Row Podcast panel goesÂ through a great number of personal suggestions and those contributed by the community. A bonus segment follows with discussion of NHL 17 online beta impressions and early observations of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.
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