Madden NFL 16 took center stage at EA’s E3 press conference this afternoon, and producer Seann Graddy had plenty of details to spill about this year’s gridiron staple. The new entry got a proper new gameplay trailer, featuring in-game footage of the Packers and Giants going to war, but the major innovations for this year’s model were saved for the stage.
Graddy was briefly joined by Robert Flores, host of ESPN2’s Fantasy Football Now, so that the two could discuss Madden NFL 16’s new Draft Champions feature, a solo or multiplayer system where players assemble a team of football stars both old and new. Players will draft from a selection of three options to round out their team, and use their squad to achieve fantasy management supremacy.
On the field, new spins are being put on the three main position types. Quarterbacks now have Body-relative throwing to allow more flexibility in their passing. Meanwhile, receivers can choose from three types of catches: possession, run-after-catch, and aggressive. And defenders can now choose whether they want to play the receiver and try to force a fumble.
As with many other EA Sports titles, Madden NFL 16 will only be available on PS4 and Xbox One when it releases on August 25th.