Madden 15 Ultimate Team & Franchise Details Looming
Madden 15 Ultimate Team and Connected Franchise has heard nary word said about them so far in EA SPORTS’ hype cycle for the upcoming football video game, but that doesn’t mean that details are not just around the corner. In fact, we’re expecting some info any day now.
It’s easy to get caught up in the defense changes in Madden NFL 15, or the new gauntlet mode that was recently featured, but rest assured it’s MUT and CFM that many fans are waiting to hear word on. Last season, both modes received massive face-lifts with seasons and the re-emergence of the Owner role respectively.
Just a few days ago we put together our own Madden 15 Franchise wishlist, which was compiled from both our own wishes and wants for this year’s upcoming game, but also a few common recommendations from the community. Some of our desires are likely long off, but it’s possible some previous hopes may have found their way into the game this year, such as recent allusions to the fact that draft classes might be random, or in the very least more difficult to identify, which would be a big boon to online franchise leagues.
Madden 15 Ultimate Team
Currently, there is an embargo on information regarding both Madden 15 Ultimate Team and Connected Franchise mode, and while it’s unclear when either of those can be talked about, we do know that a few people already have gotten their hands on the modes. MUT is of special interest this year, because EA is releasing an Ultimate Edition of Madden 15 that features a purported $40 in MUT content, for only $10 on top of retail price. MUT has been an important money-maker for EA in recent years, across multiple games, and it would serve them well to continue to develop the mode and enhance user experience.
Over on GoodGameBro, a few key MUT community members with hands-on time with the mode are taking questions, and will be dishing out answers as soon as they’re allowed to. If you are particularly interested in MUT and have any pressing questions you want answered as soon as possible, then this should be a great resource to learn. Admittedly, I don’t have a ton of experience in MUT myself, so even if I had played the game early, I wouldn’t be able to provide as much context to the changes this year as these guys could, so check them out if that’s your thing.
Madden 15 Connected Franchise
On the Connected Franchise side of things, lead designer Josh Looman has sounded adamant on building and improving upon the franchise experience, and doing the best to not remove features year-to-year in place of others. Looman has made special note in the past of wanting to focus on adding features that will continue to be in the game each season, and ultimately help build a richer franchise mode for fans. Last season Owner mode was introduced in Madden 25 to great fan fare, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think this mode will be among the first to receive some touch-ups. For most franchise players however, the fun is in online leagues with friends, and that’s the information I am most looking forward to hearing about from EA.
Online franchises, in my opinion, are the future of Madden because they provide the ultimate football experience. In online Madden leagues, you not only get to play the games, but you get to trade and act as a real NFL GM, and it really enriches the experience. While places like /r/Madden have done a great job of spinning off some awesome leagues, it’s ultimately EA’s job to facilitate a smoother process to finding and joining a league. Currently, it’s almost impossible to find an active, well-sustained league through anything but community forums. While I don’t have any good answers for EA on how to make finding and joining leagues easier (and more reliable) from within the game interface, it’s a problem that I hope they have been working on, because they would benefit greatly from it.
With the first Madden 15 ratings info just weeks (perhaps even days) away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see game details on CFM and MUT to start making their way online. EA is currently making and releasing focused videos on specific segments of Madden NFL 15, so it’s to be expected that videos for both CFM and MUT are just around the corner, as well as developer blogs to go along with them. Some have already gotten their hands on both modes in Madden 15 and likely have their previews written and ready, just waiting on word from EA. Hopefully, that word is soon.
Madden NFL 15 is currently set to release on August 26th, and will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and the Xbox 360. The game will not be making an appearance on Nintendo’s premier game system, the Wii U. This is the second year in a row EA has opted to skip over Nintendo’s next-gen console.