Madden 23 has been caught up in controversy after controversy over the last few months, and EA management has taken notice. Sources have told Insider Gaming that Madden 24 is a “make or break” release for the franchise.
“The discount for players who lost their franchise is only the beginning,” one close to the game’s development said. “EA has big plans for Madden 24 and the management of the game knows how big of a year it is. Not just for the game, but for their future in their positions.”
The discount being referred to is the 50% discount EA announced for any Madden 23 players that lost their Connected Franchise save due to an update pushed by the team at EA Tiburon causing save files to become corrupted. Those players will also receive an invite to the game’s closed beta.
Another source says that the game’s sales ultimately won’t matter as much for Madden 24. If the game releases and suffers similar issues to Madden 23, it’s going to lead to a lot of change among the game’s leadership.
The negative response to the game, which management believes is completely justified by the franchise corruption issues, has forced many inside EA Tiburon to have a “now or never” mentality surrounding the franchise.
What Will Madden 24 Feature?
As far as what fans can expect from Madden 24, things are being kept tight-lipped after gameplay updates were leaked for Madden 23. That said, one area the studio is focusing on is the single-player and offline experience.
For Franchise mode, sources say that the developers feel the mode is almost there with smaller additions — aside from the larger fixes to the database issues — being what’s needed to keep players invested. That said, things like better contract management is said to be one of the higher priorities for the mode, though it’s unclear if it will be ready for Madden 24.
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