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It’s August, which means football season, which means the release of another Madden video game. Madden NFL 20 is available now for PC (Origin), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Madden 20 adds several new features to the annualized franchise. The former cinematic Longshot career mode has been replaced with Face of the Franchise. In Face of the Franchise, players create their own custom quarterback, choosing from several different player archetypes. You then play through your college career, culminating in the championship game, followed by the NFL combine and the draft before making your way through the NFL.
The Scenario Engine generates new playable scenarios, events, and challenges that are tailored to your character’s career, telling a unique NFL story.
Other new features include the return of the Pro Bowl, more refined player ratings, and Superstar X-Factor development traits.
“There’s been a huge focus on quality, polish and most importantly fun in Madden NFL 20,” said Seann Graddy, Executive Producer, EA. “We believe the new Superstar X-Factors really bring the biggest NFL stars to life and make them feel like the elite players they truly are, and we’re excited for fans to check out our new career campaign in Face of the Franchise: QB1. Together these features deliver new ways to play that our fans have been asking for and lay the groundwork for some really cool innovations in the future.”
A new season of the mobile tie-in app, Madden NFL Mobile, has also released, adding dynamic NFL seasons and competitive gameplay. Madden NFL Mobile is available to download for free on iOS and Android.
Madden NFL 20 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated E for Everyone.
There’s only way direction to go for popular competitive video games: eSports. EA has announced the biggest eSports tournament yet for Battle Royale shooter Apex Legends with the Preseason Invitational. The tournament will be held in Krakow, Poland in September, and feature 80 3-person teams from around the world competing to win a prize pool of $500,000.
“Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level,” said Chad Grenier, Design Director, Respawn Entertainment. “This Apex Legends Preseason Invitational advances our vision towards a robust competitive experience with the community at the center. We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life.”
The Preseason Invitational is a double elimination format. Each round will determine who stays in the winner’s bracket, and who’s bumped to the loser’s bracket or eliminated entirely. The action will last until 20 teams remain for a final 60-person match to determine the winning team.
Players and teams who think they have what it takes can apply to the tournament by emailing the unique application email address. Applications must include the users’ Origin IDs and competitors must be at least 16 years old. Accepted teams must pay a $150 registration fee. Official tournament rules can be found here.
The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational takes place in Poland, September 13-16.