Madden 24 Franchise Mode Deep Dive and more

Madden 24 Franchise Mode Deep Dive and more
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What can we expect to see in Madden 24’s Franchise Mode? Madden 23 provided fans with a rollercoaster ride of fun yet disappointment at the same time. On one hand, Madden 23 Ultimate Team was a success and home to a handful of special new programs. But on the other hand, other experiences such as Franchise Mode fell way short of expectations for many fans, and Madden 24 is aiming to change the narrative on the matter significantly this year.

But what drastic new adjustments will Madden 24 implement for Franchise Mode this year, many of you are likely wondering? Glad you asked! Roughly a month ago, the VideoGamer team received the special honor to attend the Madden 24 Preview Event at EA Redwood Shores. During the event, the VideoGamer team was able to receive bits of insight on the newly revamped Franchise Mode in Madden 24.

However, with the arrival of the Madden 24 Franchise Mode Deep Dive today, a vast variety of additional details that were not disclosed at the event have been revealed. And we’re to help shed light on the most important parts of the Deep Dive that we can expect to see in Madden 24.

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Madden 24 Franchise Mode Deep Dive details

EA Sports jam-packed a ton of new information and details within their Madden 24 Franchise Mode Deep Dive, highlighting numerous big changes that should make this one of the best Franchise Mode’s yet. Here’s a look at the key takeaways from the Madden 24 Franchise Mode Deep Dive, per the EA Sports Team.

Training Camp

The biggest change coming to Franchise Mode in Madden 24 is that of mini games through the form of Training Camp. At the start of every season, Training Camp will grant you the opportunity to improve your roster by having a handful of your players participate in a series of mini-games.

Upon entering the Training Camp menu, fans will be able to select the mini game of their choosing and will have one available for each position except for offensive line. Once you pick your mini game, it will not only determine which of your players you can use, but it will also let you decide which eligible players you want to roll with. Keep in mind though that each mini-game can only be completed once and each player you select can only complete one mini-game in Training Camp.

How well you do in these mini games, will dictate the score you receive, whether it’s bronze, silver or gold. Depending on your performances, you will receive certain rewards including Skill Points that you can then allocate towards upgrading your players.

Here’s a look at the mini games that will be available come Madden 24’s launch:

  • Target Passing (Quarterbacks)
  • Pass Skeleton – Outmanned (Quarterbacks)
  • Rushing Attack (Halfbacks and Fullbacks)
  • WR Battle (Wide Receivers and Tight Ends)
  • WR Battle – Red Zone Attack (Wide Receivers and Tight Ends)
  • Trench Battle – The Long Hall (Defensive Line and Linebackers)
  • Chase and Tackle (Linebackers)
  • DB Battle (Defensive Backs)
  • DB Battle – Red Zone Defense (Defensive Backs)
  • Field Goal Accuracy (Kickers)
  • Coffin Corner (Punters)

Mini games will also be included within the Weekly Strategy loop during each season. Once you select your gameplans for your offense and defense, each of your focus players (except OL) will have the chance to play through one mini-game.

Trades

Bringing to life the authenticity of running an NFL team, is the motto for Madden 24’s Franchise Mode. And revamping the trading system so that it could perform bigger blockbuster trades that we see in the NFL, was an instrumental change that EA made this year.

The first adjustment Madden 24 will feature is more trade slots, doubling the slot number from three to six this year. However, you will only be able to add up to three players to those slots, while the maximum number of picks you will be able to offer will be up to the maximum of six. Because of this increase, Madden had to include an additional year of extra draft picks, allowing you to now be able to trade or trade for picks from the current year, the following year and two years out.

Moreover, Madden 24 Franchise Mode will be home to a newly refurbished trade tuning system following a variety of problems and inconsistencies with how trade value was measured in Madden 23. Consistency is so important when negotiating trade deals, and Madden 24 did a lot to improve their trade tuning system.

Lastly, Madden 24 made several improvements to their generated offers mechanism in Franchise Mode, particularly for its functionality. In the new Get Offers system in Madden 24, fans will be able to edit their trade proposals and provide counter offers, whether for a player they have or for one they are pursuing.

Commissioner Tools and Settings

A big change coming to the new Franchise Mode in Madden 24, is that of a variety of new commissioner tools and settings fans will be able to work with in order to customise their leagues to their exact liking. Whether you are running a full online league or just playing in a solo league, Madden 24 wanted fans to have more control with their Franchise Mode experiences, and did a lot with the commissioner tools and settings to deliver just that.

Here’s a list of all the major improvements Madden 24 will have:

  • Depth Chart Reordering
    • Now an ON and OFF option for the reordering of the depth chart.
  • Draft Class Strength
    • Will be able to edit the strength of each position in the draft with options that include Very Weak, Weak, Normal, Strong and Very Strong.
  • Offensive and Defensive Playcall Settings
    • Commissioners will have the ability to apply these limits to offense and defense independently.
  •  Fantasy Draft Order
    • Commissioners will be able to select Standard or Snake draft in Madden 24, which reverses the order each round.
  • Free Agent Motivations Impact
    • The impact of motivations on player signing can now be raised, lowered, or turned off.
  • Trade Difficulty
    • Trade difficulty can now be set to Easy/Very Easy or Hard/Very Hard.
  • Home Field Advantage Toggle
    • There will now be an ON and OFF option for Home Field Advantage while playing games.
  • Progression and Regression Sliders
    • There are now age-based progression sliders and position-based ones as well.
  • Free Agency Negotiations Per Stage
    • Commissioners can now set the number of Free Agents a team can negotiate with during each stage of free agency, be it 1, 3, 5, 10, or Unlimited.
  • Draft Timer
    • The draft timer will now have an option to be either ON or OFF.

Draft Generators

Though it might not stick out as much as the rest, Madden 24 will be home to a handful of big Draft Generator changes, which ultimately, dictates what kind of prospects you will see on the draft board and in each draft you have following every season. In Madden 23, EA Sports had a total of 30 new generators. But in Madden 24, EA is launching 50 new generators in order to provide one of the most dynamic draft experiences to date.

Three new types of prospects fans will be ale to find in Madden 24’s Franchise Mode will consist of 99 Club Prospects, Utility Prospects, and Injury Prone Prospects. With more 99 Club players integrated into the draft generators, it will be vital for players to keep an eye out for 99 skill traits that they can spot when scouting or drafting prospects.

In addition, fans have been wanting to get their hands on more utility players during their drafts, and Madden 24 will be finally adding more into the mix with their new generators. Along with keeping tabs on 99 overall skills, fans will also have to pay close attention to prospects injury ratings, with some of the best ones having the lowest. The higher it is, the more injury prone that prospect will be.

Along with all of these new types of prospects you will find in Madden 24, there will also be new generators that will accommodate the new jersey number rules and normalize all prospects to a default morale to prevent changes to ratings after the Draft.

Relocation

Of all the things you can do in Franchise Mode, relocating has to be one of the most interesting experiences to enjoy in Madden, and this year, fans will be able to get a feel for that in a special way.

For starters, relocation will now be available for owners and coaches, and is not exclusive to one or the other. Moreover, the whole process of relocating comes baring a new set of changes, granting fans now the chance to select their new city, team branding, and stadium after deciding to relocate. Should you want to relocate again, you will be able to do so in Madden 24 once the next season starts.

When it comes to names, logos, and jerseys, Madden 24 did a lot on that front as well. Besides the Houston Oilers, name choices are no longer tied to a specific city and are available no matter where you move. And as far as uniforms, selecting a logo choice will grant fans access to the home, away, and alternate uniform for that logo, allowing nine jersey combinations per team. This year, Madden 24 will have 15 new cities to select from when relocating, making the total now 34.

Here’s the list of the 15 new cities fans will be able to relocate to in Madden 24:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Paris, France
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

Salary Cap Management

One of the biggest and most realistic parts of running an NFL team, is salary cap management. And this year, Madden 24 will include two big adjustments that will bring this feature to life in its Franchise Mode – Contract Restructuring and 5th Year Options.

When it comes to contract restructuring, this will come in handy when you need to re-sign key players over the offseason or bring on a free agent during the regular season. However, not all players will be eligible for restructured contracts. Those that will be need to have multi-year deals and bring in more than the average league salary. To make this straightforward, fans will be able to find a ‘Restructure’ option on the player cards for those that are eligible. And before you decide to make this decision, you will be able to review how it impacts your salary cap first.

Regarding the 5th Year Option, fans will now have the ability to exercise that with first round picks who have completed their third season for the team. However, fans will need to make this decision prior to the start of their fourth season, providing a small summer window to capitalize on that. To locate these players, fans will just need to visit the Re-Sign system at the end of each season and make their final decisions there.

Talent Tree Expansion

The most underrated change to Franchise Mode in Madden 24, has to be the fact that head coaches, coordinators and player personnel will now have three full Talent Trees. A new wrinkle is that most Talent Trees will be set up with A and B pathing, and once selected, you will no longer be able to purchase Talents on the other side of the Tree.

Moreover, offensive and defensive coordinators will now have 12 new trees available each. The unique combinations of these Talent Trees will produce experts with different approaches and playstyles, catering a whole new concept with developing your staff. And to top it off, both head coaches and player personnel will be able to specialize between improving the offensive or defensive positions.

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Madden 24 Franchise Mode new changes

At the Madden 24 Preview Event, VideoGamer had the pleasure of hearing from several different experts on what fans can expect to see in their new Franchise Mode. And there is plenty of key details to unpack, starting first with how much the team has dedicated towards building a better Franchise Mode model.

Development

“For last three years we’ve been working with our players starting a dialogue really to help drive the franchise feature roadmap,” said Connor Dougan the Senior Game Design Director of Madden 24. “So we have meetings with our design councils which are made up of some of the core community members and some of the franchise enthusiasts we meet with them to help us curate our franchise features.”

This is big news. Madden has seen some highs and lows in its Franchise Modes over the last three years. And considering how much dedication and diligence EA has allocated towards producing the best Franchise Mode blueprint, fans might finally be able to expect a better level of consistency with the mode’s success from here on out.

Minigames

Along with maintaining and producing a quality game mode, it’s important to restore the best the game can offer as well, and Madden 24 will be doing so by bringing back Mini Games.

“Mini games are back and we’re super excited about that,” said Dougan. “Anyone who’s played Madden knows and loves mini games like rushing attacks, and we brought those back into the franchise mode space.”

This is reflective of not only EA’s ability to tap into what they were successful with in previous Madden editions, but it also highlights just how much effort EA has dedicated towards listening to the community and the changes they’re clamoring for.

Community Requests

“In Madden NFL 24 we have addressed some top community requests, while giving our players some new ways to play that we’re super excited about within the franchise as well as some improvements to customization,” said Dougan.

Some of the new improvements that the EA team was able to share with us consist of a new team relocation feature with new city designs, logos, and uniforms to create your own Franchise story. And to top it off, each team will have an alternate uniform as well. Though they might seem like small changes, these are definitely two new features worth being excited about and will add a refreshing flare to a mode that’s been in need of it for quite some time.

Image Credit: EA Sports Madden 24

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