While it hasn’t been officially ruled out for Madden 13, it has been stated that much of editing players outside of the XP System we mentioned a few days ago isn’t going to be an option when Madden 13 is released. So, it remains to be seen if it is a certainty that it will be removed this year… however, in regards to what this means for the gaming community it is three-fold.
- EA Sports has once again ‘removed’ something that was in past iterations of Madden NFL. Which baffles almost everyone that pays the slightest amount of attention to the game. The reason this is so baffling is because EA Tiburon is constantly reinventing Madden. When will they decide that this game is powered by their dedicated community and the edits they make to everything from ratings to playbooks (also not editable this year).
- Relying on Donny Moore for roster updates and his subjective ratings changes that vary depending on who had a good game from week to week. The Ratings Czar is going to be on the spot this year if they don’t allow roster and ratings edits. Not to mention the fact that this once again keeps offline gamers out of the loop entirely.
- A promising amount of hype is being overshadowed by what is looking more and more like regression on the part of EA and their dedication to allowing the end-user any sort of autonomy with their game.
Madden is still looking like a game to put on your ‘must have’ list in late August, but this latest news is troubling on many levels and it doesn’t bode well for this game from the perspective of roster-editing.