EA Tiburon is preparing to shut down to avoid the oncoming Category 5 storm Hurricane Irma, but not before pushing out a major patch featuring gameplay fixes and HDR support.
Madden 18's first big patch fixes the usual stability problems while also making tweaks to the gameplay. But more importantly, it now fully supports the PS4 Pro's HDR and 4K functionality.
- HDR Support
- General Stability fixing various crashes and softlocks
- Fixed issue with Steelers; crowd ‘Terrible Towels’ appearing black or grey
- Online Head-to-Head Quarter Length changed from 4 minutes to 5 minutes
- Fixed an issue around MUT Squads players receiving the incorrect rewards when teammates leave the session early
- Improved a small framerate drop when the ball is snapped on PS4
- Tuned scaling of the football to be slightly smaller
- Fixed an issue where Points were purchasable in Trial
- Fixed Button functionality to be correct: [CROSS] button does not function when attempting to load a MADDEN PROFILE
- Zone Coverage tuning to increase ‘Break-on-Throw’ times
- Tuning to decrease effectiveness of Ball Carrier special moves
- Fixed issue around Coaches standing in the middle of the field when re-starting MUT Challenges
- Tuning to increase blocksheds in run defense vs. Gun Inside Zone plays
- Tuning to slightly increase pass rush when QB holds onto the ball for longer times in the pocket
- Fixed an issue with sideline characters not reacting appropriately to big plays
- Fixed incorrect Chargers/Giants week 5 game on the schedule
- Fixed issue around schedules recording incorrectly when using Play Now Live for Preseason Week
For Madden fans, the biggest improvement will be to the zone coverage, which was rather easy to exploit before the patch. Fans responded with praise to the improvements.
Patch made alot of things better. Ratings def matter as far as jumping routes etc. only thing i see is curl/flats not getting all the way— Madden Universe (@MaddenUniverse) September 6, 2017
Seeing people happy playing Madden warms my damn heart. I love it when everyone enjoys video games. Bravo to the dev squad for this patch.— MILLS ALMIGHTY (@MillsGamingTV) September 6, 2017
This is impressive timing for the first Madden patch of the year. Normally the first comes out close to October.— MrHurriicane (@mrhurriicane) September 6, 2017
I quite liked Madden 18 in my review. It makes the transition to the Frostbite Engine rather seamlessly, and the gameplay is deeper and more interesting than ever. Fans have found a number of bugs since launch, but those are being addressed in fairly short order by the patch.
In the meantime, proper football officially kicks off tomorrow. If you're excited for the season, consider checking out our guides to Madden 18.