EA announced during their E3 Press Conference that Madden 18 will have a story mode titled “Longshot.” This is the first legitimate story mode in the franchise’s history. The story will feature a rookie football player named Devin Wade on his journey to stardom. Rather than focusing on his life in the NFL, The Longshot will spend the majority of its time showing how he gets there.
Devin Wade isn’t your normal football player some might even say he’s not a football player at all anymore. Devin played the sport extensively in college but didn’t move on to the big leagues afterward. When you first meet Devin he’s spent years away from football and is living in a small town. He’s thinking of moving on from his dreams of tossing the pigskin and getting a real job, but it’s not over yet. You will play various stages of his life as he goes from his small town to the big leagues. The game itself begins at the NFL Combines and works its way up to the NFL Draft game.
You’re still going to be able to schmooze with various famous athletes and celebrities. Devin, despite not joining the big leagues holds a job that gives him that ability.
This is a welcome franchise switch which brings the Madden series closer to EA’s popular NBA 2k franchise by giving it a semblance of a story. Madden 18’s method of storytelling was actually inspired by Telltale’s and Naughty Dog’s games. Supposedly it shows, the story is supposed to be amazing. Series namesake, John Madden felt compelled to bring his grandchildren in to watch the story after his first viewing.
The new game will also be developed using EA’s popular Frostbite Engine. You may have seen this used in other EA games such as in the Battlefield and Mass Effect Franchises. The engine is accredited for being the reason why The Longshot is even possible to produce by allowing them to do new things such as going off- field for games.
You won’t actually have to wait that long to try out Madden 18. It will be available in stores everywhere on August 25th for Xbox One and Playstation 4.