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Madden NFL 16 is the culmination of fan feedback, and years of technological advancements. Let’s go over some of the gameplay advances and new features we’re bringing to the field this year.

Passing Game: Air Supremacy

Air Supremacy revolutionizes passing and catching on both sides of the ball with new user and AI mechanics.

There is also a new multiplayer catch interaction system with more than 400 new two-player catch animations with a wide variety of outcomes.  

The most revolutionary addition this year is the catching system. Previously, players had just one option to catch the ball. Now there are three different catches types to choose from: the RAC (run after catch), the Aggressive Catch, and the Possession Catch.

Learn more about the passing and catching changes.


Choose Play Ball (Ball Hawk) to take the most aggressive path possible to the ball, or the new Play Receiver option to drive toward the receiver and go for a hit. Madden NFL 16 delivers the most dramatic tackles in franchise history with a new, fully organic, physics-based gang tackling system.

We’ve tuned elements of the Conservative and Aggressive tackling systems to make tackling more realistic but still responsive, and we’ve given you the option to make quick adjustments to your defenders on the fly.

Learn more about the improvements and new features in the defense game.


Our hardcore simulation fans have been demanding realistic penalties for years and penalties will play a bigger factor than ever before. In addition to several new added penalties, we have updated all pre-existing penalties and built a system to control penalty frequency.

The list of new and updated penalties includes: Encroachment, False Start, Offensive Holding, Facemask, Defensive Pass Interference, Illegal Block in the Back, Neutral Zone Infraction, Defensive Holding, Illegal Forward Pass, Illegal Touching, Delay of Game, Kick Catch Interference Running into the Kicker, Unnecessary Roughness, and Roughing the Passer.

Learn more about the updated penalty system.

AI Improvements

Madden NFL 16 includes added logic for QBs, RBs, WRs and defenders so that each head and eye track (the ball and players around them) is uniquely based on their position. We also improved pre, post, and play motion quality.

A number of legacy issues have been addressed in Madden NFL 16, mostly around exploited mechanics or solidifying features meant to counter those exploits.

Learn more about improvements to AI and Penalty systems.

Madden NFL 16 improves on returning game modes and introduces new plays to play.

Connected Franchise Mode

The Connected Franchise introduction flow has been reworked to get new players into the game faster. Getting started in Madden NFL 16 Connected Franchise has been streamlined to three easy steps.

  1. Choose between Cloud and Offline. Cloud has faster week advances and gives players the ability to access their league online and invite friends. Offline still has the ability to create multiple offline characters, and saves the league locally.
  2. Select your team
  3. Customize your experience further or start playing immediately. Players will begin in the regular season by default, you can also begin with a Fantasy Draft, or in the preseason

Learn more about the many changes we’ve brought to CFM.

Draft Champions

Draft Champions lets you focus on making the pick, upgrading your team through a tight draft process, and then throwing them onto the field. 

A typical draft consists of 15 player rounds; the limited number of rounds mean that you are always on the clock and every pick is crucial. Draft Champions includes tools to take a deeper look at players before making a selection. 

After the draft, you can take the new squad onto the field. You can face AI opponents in Solo Draft, or face off with other players in Head-to-Head Draft.  

Learn more about Draft Champions mode.

Madden Ultimate Team

For the first time this year in Madden Ultimate Team (MUT), players will experience Ultimate Moments. These special Solo Challenges feature exciting, game-changing turning points taken from actual NFL game situations.

The most epic result of this new tech is a series of Ultimate Moments called the NFL Journey. This is a chain of 100+ games and each one is a game-changing moment from a real NFL game.

There’s a lot more coming to Madden Ultimate Team this year.

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