Those hoping to log in and play Madden NFL 17, or any game from publisher Electronic Arts, are finding that online services are unavailable. An ongoing DDoS attack has proven problematic for the publisher to overcome. The group responsible is notorious for this sort of action, having in the past affected other games and even the entirety of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
The attacks coincide with the launch of the Battlefield 1 open beta and began last night. The servers went offline intermittently yesterday but today’s outage is an extended one with them having been down for over three hours as of publish time.
[Update]Â The servers briefly returned online but again are back down. It’s possible this will be a cycle repeating throughout the day.
The release of NBA 2K17 is just two weeks and a few days away – the MyCareer Prelude even a week sooner – yet many of the improvements to the game have yet to be officially revealed. Some major ones have surfaced today however thanks to the tweets of German basketball writerÂ AndrÃ© Voigt.
Among the stream of tweets are details on the commentary, which is said to include 11 different personalities that will vary depending on location of the broadcast, and MyLeague Online becoming a true multi-year franchise mode. Some of those commentary changes were noted with leaked footage revealing Doris Burke and Brent Barry joining play-by-play man Kevin Harlan on different broadcast teams but it sounds more expansive than previously imagined.
â™¦Over 300 different shoes are in the game
â™¦Arena audio and sounds recorded for all 30 venues
â™¦MyTeam redesigned cards, 6 new gem levels, historic franchise, theme packs
â™¦MyTeam bonus for “dynamic duos” like Steph and Klay
â™¦MyLeague Online runs 80 seasons, players develop, massive offseason decisions
â™¦MyTeam/MyLeague can start before offseason transactions were made
â™¦Advanced Rotation feature to determine what players are on the floor together
â™¦Jersey retirements and offseason trades possible
â™¦All shot types except dunks are timing-based
â™¦New system for steals make them more skill-based
â™¦Team offenses and defenses will be updated throughout the season
â™¦Stats will be kept for Pro-Am players
â™¦Three-tier ranking system in place for Pro-Am
EA Sports introduced competitive draft-style modes last year in Madden and FIFA. Draft Champions now will be making its debut in the NHL series and today the publisher went into further details on what to expect along with a trailer showcasing the mode.
The NHL version of Draft Champions involves 12 rounds with 4 players to choose from in each, followed by a series of games played against either the CPU or online opponents. Read more
There are two mountain sports games coming out this year with Steep in December and Infinite Air which now has a release date of October 25. The latter comes from HB Studios which most recently developed The Golf Club and it’ll be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC for $50.
Cover athlete Mark McMorris is joined by his brother Craig, Silje Norendal, Torstein Horgmo, Danny Davis, and Ulrik Badertscher as playable snowboarders in the game. Read more
All-Pro Packs have been introduced to Madden NFL 17 for the first time. They’re available only until Wednesday morning and feature three guaranteed Gold or better cards with there being a limit on how many can be purchased. I opened up five of the packs for the video above.
While the wait for the first Madden NFL 17 patch continues (it should be out very soon) one area where EA Sports received feedback has already been acted upon with a tuning update today.
Today's tuning update: A reduction in the effectiveness of the strip ball mechanic. Should be less fumbles. Let us know what you think.
— Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) August 29, 2016
The frequency of fumbles has been a topic of discussion ever since Madden went live through EA Access. Though fumbles feel far more organic in how they occur – with the effort seen from defenders to actively strip or punch the ball out – players were losing the ball at a high rate when considering quarter lengths/number of plays.
The infuriating final MUT puzzle piece solo is a good example of how fumbles have been out of control when magnified by All-Madden difficulty and snowy weather conditions. At one point I had seven consecutive first drives end in a lost fumble, and that’s with being conservative and conscious of the need to use the cover-up mechanic whenever possible in those conditions.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Press Row Podcast review roundtable for Madden NFL 17 now alsoÂ found on Youtube.
â™¦If you missed either check out the written review and video review for Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Giving away a MUT Mountain Dew Pack w/80 rated Von Miller through Twitter.
â™¦The role of colleges will expand with MyCareer story and paid DLC in NBA 2K17.
â™¦There won’t be aÂ Franchise Mode website rather an app is coming for Madden NFL 17.
â™¦Amazon Prime 20% discounts: Madden 17 – PES 2017 – NHL 17 – FIFA 17 – NBA 2K17
â™¦The Madden NFL 17 Xbox One S Bundle is 10% off at Amazon for $315 instead of $350.
â™¦Franchise exploit to display rookie ratings before the draft has been fixed in Madden 17.
â™¦Mutant Football League will be present at PAX Prime next weekend.
â™¦Another marketing partnership this time Club Atletico River Plate for PES 2017.
â™¦New painted items will be found in Rocket League with the September update.
â™¦Developer blog and video looking at the Challenges feature in Nascar Heat Evolution.
â™¦100ft Robot Golf now has a release date set of October 10 on PlayStation 4.
â™¦Blu-ray releases this week headlined by The Jungle Book and Arrow S4.
2K Sports today announced “The Prelude” which will be a free downloadable experience for NBA 2K17 that involves creating your MyPlayer character and playing through the college portion of MyCareer Mode. The Prelude will go out on Friday, September 9 – that’s one full week before the game releases on the 16th. It’ll also have the new tutorial mode while the mobile companion app that will allow for face-scanning to apply to MyPlayers will be available on the 8th.
10 licensed colleges are involved this year: Kansas, Georgetown, Louisville, Arizona, UCONN, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Wake Forest. Additionally, after September 16 “All-Time Great” teams for each of the playable colleges will be sold as well as special collegiate MyTeam cards representing legendary players. The Olympics also look to play a role in the 2K17 MyCareer story.
2K claims it’s the “first time in NBA 2K history gamers will get to start their MyCAREER experience prior to the gameâ€™s launch” but they’re apparently forgetting about the “Draft Combine” DLC that went out in advance of NBA 2K10’s release. That was sold for $5 however and wasn’t nearly as compelling as what the series has to offer now.