Game developers are constantly thinking of new ways to reinvent the video game. Utilize the latest in modern technology, add new features, create a “real-life” experience. All of these have been done before.
The point is to keep the game new and exciting and keep players coming back for more. Madden NFL is one of those game series that have been around for years. It is named after famed NFL coach John Madden, a hall-of-famer.
The game series is one of the most profitable with $4 billion in sales. It has sold over 100 million copies. EA Sports conceived the idea and the first installation of the game series was released in 1990. Since then, they have debuted a new version annually.
A team of 30 developers and 100 testers work on the annual Madden game series. John Madden lends his expertise by helping developers devise playbooks. He receives $2-3 million per year for his consultancy.
The newest installment of Madden, Madden NFL 18: Longshot is the series’ first-ever story mode. It was conceived by Mike Young, who works with the team of developers at EA Tiburon in Orlando, FL. He worked primarily with co-writer Adrian Todd Zuniga to flesh the story out.
The story follows Devin Wade. A boy with dreams of becoming an NFL quarterback one day. He grows up and realizes that he may never make it to the NFL. So, he decides to give one last try-a longshot.
In this version, gamers will encounter big-name athletes but they will not get the chance to play as one. Instead, they will play as Devin Wade and his team of characters which includes NFL combine hopefuls, high school-level players, and training drills.
The story will also get personal and follow Wade’s complicated relationship with his father, Cutter Wade. Oscar-winner Mashershala Ali will voice and lend his image to that role.
Madden has released a trailer for the game slated for a release later this year.