Madden NFL 15 Lets “Legion of Boom” Welcome You
Madden NFL 15 has been the focal point of petitions for weeks now to get the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” on the cover, and while that didn’t happen, not even with the Ultimate Edition, they did manage to intercept the upcoming football video game’s welcome screen.
We knew from Madden NFL 15 cover star and Superbowl cornerback Richard Sherman that something cool was in store for the Legion of Boom, and while we didn’t know for sure that it had something to do with Madden, we had a strong hunch that it did.
Yesterday, among all the intrigue surrounding the live developer stream and rookie ratings reactions, EA SPORTS snuck out a blog detailing precisely why they couldn’t fit the LOB on the cover this year, and what they’ve done to pay homage to the high-flying secondary. In short: They didn’t have enough time, and now they’re on the start screen instead.
EA SPORTS Updates Fans on LOB
“We wanted to give the LOB their just due, and do it in a way that was special—a way where millions of fans would see it every single day, just like a cover,” said EA SPORTS in their recent blog update on the LOB situation. “Historically, the start screen in Madden (and all our EA SPORTS games) has featured our cover art. This year, we’re going to feature the entire Legion of Boom on the welcome screen. One of the major areas of focus for Madden NFL 15 is defense, and what better way to introduce you to the game than with the guys who are changing the face of defense in the NFL”
While it’s a bit unfortunate they weren’t able to squeeze in a special edition of the cover for the many fans that wanted to see it, it’s still a pretty cool honor to be thrust into the starting screen of Madden NFL 15, and it’s certainly representative of the renewed focus on defense this year that includes everything from upgraded tackling mechanics, to pass coverage changes, and even a completely overhauled d-line control system to rush the passer.
The petition set up by Jason Coiner and the avid support from Seattle’s fanbase (as well as other fans around the league) may not have achieved exactly what they set out for, but it’s still pretty cool to see fans take such a strong stand to make an actual impact on the game. As far as fan initiatives go, this might be one of the most successful, if not the most successful in Madden’s history. In the very least, it was one of the most well-heard, no doubt thanks to Seattle’s 12th man, which seems to be as loud and persuasive online as it is in CenturyLink Field.
Check out the LOB’s start screen takeover below from Madden NFL 15.
Madden NFL 15 ‘Legion of Boom’ Start Screen