Despite rumors circulating on social media earlier this week, EA is still planning to release two more updates to Madden 22’s Franchise Mode and reiterating that Madden will be supported as a live-service game.
In a new statement, EA Sports told IGN:
We don’t like to comment on rumors or speculations; However, we are committed to further improving Franchise as part of our ongoing Madden NFL 22 live service and beyond. That includes two upcoming franchise updates that we’ll be rolling out in Madden NFL 22. We will publish more details about the updates in the new year.
The statement follows a report by Sports player online that EA chose to cancel additional Franchise Mode updates for Madden 22. It partially cited IGN’s own interview with Madden 22 executive producer Seann Graddy, who said this year’s content roadmap was “a little less ambitious than previous years” because the team focused on some key areas rather than trying to Introduce content on the order of Superstar KO, a well-received arcade mode introduced in Madden 20.
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“I would say [the roadmap is] probably a little less ambitious than in the last few years because we’re really focusing on some core areas of Madden 22 and starting with Madden 23 on a large scale, ”Graddy said at the time. “So I’ll stick with what we’ve been saying over the last few years: we’re a live service and we’ll keep updating the game, but we’re definitely not going to be talking about a brand new mode. “
The report received some of the attention because Franchise Mode is a sore point with some Madden fans. In fact, the promised roadmap originally came about in response to the #fixmaddenfranchise campaign that circulated on Twitter in mid-2020 and began after reports that EA had no plans for franchise mode improvements this year.
Since then, EA has released new commissioner tools and other improvements, including a major overhaul of its scouting systems. Madden 22 also introduced an advanced scenario engine, in-season cutscenes, and coaching skill trees. Even so, fans continue to point out various areas where Franchise Mode can improve compared to the competition, from the relative lack of customization to the myriad of bugs.
While EA Sports wouldn’t reveal any additional details, further improvements are still on the way for some point over the next year. The updates could include the franchise move improvements promised in the original Madden 22 roadmap. Further details are expected in 2022.
In the meantime, you can read IGN’s review of Madden 22, where we explain why the series stumbles as it moves to the Xbox Series X | S and PS5. Madden 22 is available now for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and PC.
Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor