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Gameplay will be an important first look for Madden 22

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Madden 22 is still months away with little news to speak of yet, but one of the biggest reveals will be actual gameplay footage of the upcoming title.

With a trailer and potentially more previews like a beta or demo on the horizon, we take a look at what the gameplay could look like for Madden 22.

Madden 22 Gameplay Trailer

While the announcement and reveal trailers that hype the title and potentially drop reveals like the cover athlete are certainly something fans look forward to, nothing hits like the gameplay trailer.

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The release of the Madden 22 gameplay trailer should land in the coming weeks, as a nearly 4-minute Gameplay Deep Dive was released for Madden 21 on June 23, 2020.

We could see a similar drop for Madden 22, and the gameplay trailer will finally give us a glimpse at what playing Madden 22 will actually feel and look like.

Gameplay Beta

While there's no confirmation yet of a Madden 22 beta, it would be by far the best gameplay preview should EA Sports decide to host one.

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HOLD THE LINE: Much of the gameplay will center on the battle at the line of scrimmage

It's unclear if any eventual beta would be closed or open to the public, but even a limited and closed beta could provide key insight into what the game is changing.

As for timing, it's likely a beta would be announced either at or before EA Play Live, depending on how much time EA Sports wants to allow people to tackle it and provide them feedback.

New Features

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With the Madden series continuing to land an annual release, it's always a big question of what ends up actually being different with each new title.

Following some frustration from fans around some areas of Madden 21, the new features we see in Madden 22 could make a huge difference in the game.

Core Gameplay

While upgrades elsewhere in Madden 22 can help, nothing makes a bigger impact on the game as a whole than core gameplay.

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CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT: There need to be clear changes in this year's game

If things don't play well and naturally on the virtual gridiron, no amount of polishing elsewhere will make a difference.

We could see upgrades to interactions and animations between receivers and defensive backs, and ultimately they'll have to keep in mind the balance between making the game more challenging without alienating casual and new players.

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Franchise Mode

While news has been scarce elsewhere, we have gotten some cues from EA Sports about what is coming for Madden 22 Franchise Mode.

The first news landed months ago, and it saw EA Sports promise some future changes for Madden 22 down the line:

For Madden NFL 22 it is still very early. We are at the very beginning of the planning and pre-production of next year’s product. That said, we’ve been actively discussing some of the areas we’d like to focus on, stemming from your feedback and player engagement. Here are few of the areas, while not fully committed yet, we are exploring creatively:

  • Coaching and staff management
  • Scouting improvements
  • New scenario engine enhancements
  • New team chemistry system
  • Commissioner Tools improvements
  • MORE CONTENT - Examples: Relocation/Branding Assets for Franchise - New uniforms, names, and logos to relocation options for more variety and depth in deeper careers.
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The other big news came from an intentional leak during a video update for Madden 21, and in it we could see a Staff Management screen behind Executive Producer Sean Graddy with coordinators shown.

Madden 22 Ultimate Team (MUT 22)

Finally, it will be important to see how EA Sports continuing to innovate in Madden 22 Ultimate Team.

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ULTIMATE UPGRADE: MUT needs to also see new innovation and improvement

While core gameplay changes will be central to everything, they will need to keep bringing new cards and exciting promos to keep Ultimate Team thriving.

As Madden 21 struggles to keep the excitement up in Ultimate Team, that could be a sign the development team at EA Sports is already making plans for MUT 22.

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