Madden 15: Exciting Additions and Upgrades to Connected Franchise Mode

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

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The release of Madden NFL 15 on Aug. 26 in North America (Aug. 29 internationally) has a buzz swirling around the game, but many hardcore Madden fans are most interested in the additions and upgrades to the Connected Franchise Mode.

Madden NFL 15 allows the gamers who enjoy the hardcore immersion of Connected Franchise Mode to expand on it even more this year.

One of the most notable changes is the confidence factors for each player. Every player is given a confidence value from 1 to 99, and over the course of the season, the rating will go up or down depending on how well each player performs on a week-to-week basis.

Bleacher Report's own Brian Mazique breaks down the confidence ratings in the video below:

When talking about the addition of a tangible confidence rating and its impact on the player’s actual overall rating, Madden senior designer Josh Looman wrote on regarding how confidence changes:

Among the things that can change a player’s confidence are losses, poor performances, trades, etc. How much confidence fluctuates is determined by several different factors: whether the player is a starter or backup, their consistency rating, and how big the game was. Get blown out by a rival at home? Confidence drops more than a one-point road loss.

This is an incredibly unique addition to the game. There were no repercussions for gamers if their quarterbacks struggled before, but now those same players’ statistics will be affected if they don’t start making better decisions.

In the same vein, the running backs and wide receivers who consistently rack up big numbers will see their confidence boom and their ratings climb. This upgrade is a reward for the Madden enthusiasts who play the game the right way.

Another exciting addition is Game Prep. This will take the place of the weekly practices many gamers simply skipped. Instead of normal practices only, team owners are given a certain number of hours to allot for film study to build confidence or on-field activities to build XP.

The computer also has the same Game Prep and Confidence upgrade abilities, so expect the competition to get better or worse as the season progresses. Just as your connected franchise is always evolving, every team in the league will evolve with you.

The Madden designers also made major upgrades to the free-agency process. While money was the only factor in the decision previously, free agents are now built to consider team needs and scheme on top of the contract price tag.

Subtle changes to the relocation options are major improvements for some fans as well. With the option to turn off the ability to move a team, players will get the league as it is without too many distractions. Even if the setting is left on, the probability of a franchise moving is much smaller in this year's edition of the game.

Connected Franchise Mode is one of the best parts of each Madden release, but with wholesale changes and huge upgrades, hardcore gamers and football fans are ready to build a dynasty in Madden NFL 15.


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