12 Oct 2021 4:15 PM +00:00

Madden 22 Update 2.01 Patch Notes: Franchise Scouting arrives in October Title Update

Madden 22 has left fans bubbling with anticipation about the eventual Scouting Update, and now it's finally coming with the October Title Update.

Here's everything we know so far about when the Madden 22 October Title Update will go live with Scouting in Franchise.

Madden 22: October Title Update arrives today with Scouting for Franchise Mode

After early delays by EA Sports, the Scouting Update is finally coming to Madden 22 as part of the October Title Update.

The reveal was first teased on Twitter after YouTube content creator Big Game Bengal shared a teaser for a tutorial about the new Scouting feature, and the official Madden account confirmed the update lands today.

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Madden 22 Scouting October Title Update
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IT'S TIME: Get ready to scour the nation for the best players

The October Title Update, including Scouting, were both further confirmed during Good Morning Madden, and our speculation is finally over.

The Gridiron Notes are now out, and we've got all the Patch Notes here for you to see what's coming to Madden 22.

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Madden 22 Update 2.01 Patch Notes for October 12

After a final slight delay, the official patch notes have now arrived for the Madden 22 October 12 Title Update featuring Scouting.

As a reminder, you cannot use the new Scouting feature in an existing Franchise save and will have to start a brand new save to take advantage of it once the update has completed.

Some of the details are platform specific and are organized in that way within the Patch Notes, as seen below.

This Madden 22 Update should already be live on PC and Stadia having dropped at 7am ET, and the deployment on consoles was expected at 11am ET.

We can confirm the update has deployed on Xbox Series X|S, which likely means that other platforms have either already received it or should shortly.

The download size of this Madden 22 Update is 4.87 GB on Xbox Series X|S, 4.019 GB on PS5, and we expected a similar size on other platforms.

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However, the PS4 update, Version 2.01, is a massive 46.148 GB download, potentially indicating a lot of work was done deeper in the game to make Scouting work on current gen.

The full patch notes are as follows:

Madden NFL 22 (Xbox Series X|S & PS5):

Key Highlights:

  • New Scouting feature in Franchise mode
  • Ranked mode in The Yard now available
  • New gameplay abilities, tuning, and updated pass coverage
  • Additional NFL Authenticity updates
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NFL Authenticity Updates:

  • 99 Club Cleats and new Jordan 5 low and mid cleats added
  • Panthers and Saints Stadium renovations added
  • Browns 1960’s helmet updated
  • Colts 1960’s jersey updated
  • Multiple mouthpiece placement issues fixed
  • Some heads appearing grey on Gen 4 fixed
  • Lighting issues around shadows are fixed across multiple stadiums.
  • New throwback uniforms added for 49ers, 1980’s Away, 1994 Away, 1998 Home/Away
  • New Likeness added for the following players:
    • Brandon Aiyuk
    • Ja'Marr Chase
    • Caleb Farley
    • C.J. Henderson
    • Darnay Holmes
    • Jaycee Horn
    • Javon Kinlaw
    • Trey Lance
    • John Johnson III
    • Dalton Schultz
    • Gerald Everett
    • Xavier McKinney
    • Sean Murphy-Bunting
    • Kenneth Murray Jr
    • Michael Pittman Jr
    • Patrick Queen
    • Trey Sermon
    • Laviska Shenault Jr
    • DeVonta Smith
    • Patrick Surtain II
    • Kadarius Toney
    • Jaylen Waddle
    • Antoine Winfield
    • Rock Ya-Sin
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New Abilities:

  • Run-Off Elite - Players with this ability will distract defenders for longer with their runoffs
    • DEV NOTE: Receiver Run-offs are when the receiver fakes as if he is running a pass route downfield. This is done to pull the defenders away from the LOS and give the ball carrier more room if he gets to the edge. Some Receivers are masters at pulling this off and making the defender feel like it is a real route he is running, that is what this Ability emulates.
  • On The Ball - Players with this ability are much less likely to be fooled by WR runoffs.
  • Precision Kicker - Kickers with this ability can see the entirety of the kicking arc
  • Crusher - Defenders with this ability will cause heavy fatigue penalties when tackling a ball carrier with a hit-stick tackle.
  • Demoralizer - Defenders with this ability will clear a ballcarrier's progress towards entering the zone with a hit-stick tackle.
  • Mind Reader (X-Factor) - When activated, defenders can see offensive play art via coach cam.
    • DEV NOTE: This powerful X-Factor Ability can only activate once the defensive player possessing the Ability gets in the zone by landing three successful Hit Sticks on Simulation or Arcade or five successful Hit Sticks on Competitive. You will be able to view your opponent’s play art when you bring up Coach Cam. To knock the player out of the zone, you will need to gain 30 yards on offense. This X-Factor will not be immediately available in Madden Ultimate Team, but it will be available in Franchise.
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Pass Coverage Gameplay Updates:

  • Hook Zones:
    • Fixed an issue causing the Mid-Read defender in Tampa 2 to drift the wrong direction vs. trips, leaving the TE open off the snap. This fix makes sure the Mid Read is opening with that vertical by #3 and carrying it better vertically downfield
  • Curl-Flat Zones:
    • Improved Curl Flat Zone logic so they would prioritize out breaking routes instead of shading under verticals. Also improved some logic so Curl Flats and Quarters Flats won't chuck out breaking routes that were causing them to give up any leverage they had to cover the sideline.
  • Flat Zones:
    • Improved Cloud Flat Zone logic to better carry vertical routes to protect the fade and improve their facing direction immediately following the chuck
    • Fixed an issue so Cover 2 Sink soft-squat defenders could better shade receivers in the flat
    • Fixed an issue preventing Hard-Flat defenders from covering Inside Receivers and Tight Ends in Bunch and Close formations running Flat Routes and the flat portion of wheel routes
  • Man Coverage Alignment/Matchups:
    • Improved Man Defender motion logic so man defenders will properly follow and align when their receiver motions across the formation when the AI team is using the CB Matchups
    • We fixed an issue causing man-coverage assignments to incorrectly swap when the offense motioned a receiver across the formation.
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Dynamic Gameday

  • Fixed an issue with the Colts Home Field Advantage failing to show the Hat-Count visual that could be used as pass/run play-tell
  • Tuning to the ‘Adrenaline’ M-Factor so instead of infinite stamina, it now reduces the rate of stamina drain.
  • Fixed an issue causing a logo to appear over players heads instead of a question mark for specific M-Factors
  • Fixed an issue sometimes causing the ‘Shook’ play-art to remain on the field after the snap
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Play Art

  • Fixed an issue causing the WR Icons to stay visible after making a defensive adjustment
  • Fixed an issue preventing the art from updating to the correct route after making a hot-route on the RB and then sending him in motion to the slot
  • Fixed an issue preventing art from updating on Speed Option plays after flipping the play
  • Fixed an issue causing the art to sometimes disappear on defense when hot-routing a defender to blitz while inside the tackle box
  • Added scaling to Play-Art inside of The Yard when backed up into either end zone
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QB Contain

  • Tuning to QB Contain behavior so contain defenders will get more depth off the snap
  • Tuning to open up disengage angles to allow contain defenders to anticipate better getting off blocks to more quickly react to QB’s dropping back too far behind the line of scrimmage

Tackling

  • Fixed a rare issue preventing a QB slide from being ruled down
  • Fixed a rare issue that could allow a defender to warp off the ground from a diving tackle into a standing wrap tackle
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General

  • Fixed a blocking issue preventing the blocking RB from picking up an edge rusher vs. Nickel 3-3-5 Wide flipped
  • Addressed an issue where QBs would be able to scramble deep in the offensive backfield at full speed until they found an angle to get around Pass Rushers.
    • DEV NOTE: QBs will start to fatigue faster and slow down when trying to scramble 15+ yards behind the line of scrimmage. This reflects the realistic amount of effort and energy loss QB’s suffer in real life when scrambling so deep in the offensive backfield.
  • Fixed an issue causing players sometimes to start the second half of the game extremely fatigued
  • Fixed an issue causing the user-controlled player to get stuck running on touchbacks during kickoffs
  • Fixed an issue causing sideline characters sometimes to warp or pop randomly
  • Fixed issues around the Deadeye abilities triggering in the wrong situation. Inside Deadeye was not only triggering on passes to targets inside the numbers but targets outside the numbers as well
  • Fixed a rare issue that could result in an Offensive Pass Interference penalty to be called after a defender would hit-stick a receiver while running his route
  • Tuning to inaccurate passes to make passes more inaccurate when the QB has scrambled to 15 yards or more behind the line of scrimmage
  • Fixed a rare issue that could result in the referee saying a call had been reversed via a challenge even though the play result had not been reversed
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Franchise Updates:

  • New Scouting Update Available
  • Tuned the logic for the MVP award via boosting weight of sacks, greater emphasis on touchdowns, and more significant penalty for turnovers
  • Fix to some teams missing their draft picks on the active/preseason roster
  • Addressed an issue with Weekly Strategy fatigue where CPU/auto manage rep teams get too fatigued by the end of the season
  • Addressed an issue where running backs had very high yards-per-reception in simulation
  • Fixed an issue where the right tackle position did not appear in the trade menus.
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Face of the Franchise Updates:

  • Fixed a progression issue preventing players from getting progress in their player class during the road to the draft
  • Updated road to the draft to reflect difficulty settings chosen during hospitality settings
  • Resolved multiple crashes impacting player experience
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The Yard:

  • The Yard: Ranked has been added. The Yard: Ranked will allow you to earn Gear, Cred, and Madden Ultimate Team packs all year long. Earning Tier Points will allow you to place on the leaderboard. You can earn extra Tier Points each game by completing in-game goals known as “Props”. Rank up, Prestige, and show the world who’s the best in The Yard!
  • Miscellaneous stability fixes

Presentation and User Interface:

  • Completed authenticity improvements across pre-game flows
  • Miscellaneous stability fixes
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Madden ID Updates

  • Fixed numerous crashes and softlocks impacting player experience
  • Fixed issues related to point purchasing flows with 1st party
  • Fixed an issue where players were incorrectly receiving progress for the General player class instead of the class they were playing
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Madden Ultimate Team Updates:

  • Various UI updates across the mode
  • Fixed an exploit where users were able to exceed the AP limit

Madden NFL 22 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Stadia)

Key Highlights

  • New scouting feature in Franchise mode
  • Ranked in the Yard now available
  • New gameplay abilities and tuning
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NFL Authenticity Updates:

  • 99 Club Cleats and new Jordan 5 low and mid cleats added
  • Panthers and Saints Stadium renovations added
  • Browns 1960’s helmet updated
  • Colts 1960’s jersey updated
  • Multiple mouthpiece placement issues fixed
  • Some heads appearing grey on Gen 4 fixed
  • Lighting issues around shadows are fixed across multiple stadiums.
  • New throwback uniforms added for 49ers, 1980’s Away, 1994 Away, 1998 Home/Away
  • New Likeness added for the following players:
    • Brandon Aiyuk
    • Ja'Marr Chase
    • Caleb Farley
    • C.J. Henderson
    • Darnay Holmes
    • Jaycee Horn
    • Javon Kinlaw
    • Trey Lance
    • John Johnson III
    • Dalton Schultz
    • Gerald Everett
    • Xavier McKinney
    • Sean Murphy-Bunting
    • Kenneth Murray Jr
    • Michael Pittman Jr
    • Patrick Queen
    • Trey Sermon
    • Laviska Shenault Jr
    • DeVonta Smith
    • Patrick Surtain II
    • Kadarius Toney
    • Jaylen Waddle
    • Antoine Winfield
    • Rock Ya-Sin
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New Abilities:

  • Run Off Elite - Players with this ability will distract defenders for longer with their runoffs
  • On The Ball - Players with this ability are much less likely to be fooled by WR runoffs.
  • Precision Kicker - Kickers with this ability can see the entirety of the kicking arc
  • Crusher - Defenders with this ability will cause heavy fatigue penalties when tackling a ballcarrier with a hit-stick tackle.
  • Mind Reader - When they enter the zone, they can see offensive play art via coach cam
  • Demoralizer - Defenders with this ability will clear a ballcarrier's progress towards entering the zone with a hit-stick tackle.
  • Mind Reader (X-Factor) - When activated, defenders can see offensive play art via coach cam.
    • DEV NOTE: This powerful X-Factor Ability can only activate once the defensive player possessing the Ability gets in the zone by landing three successful Hit Sticks on Simulation or Arcade or five successful Hit Sticks on Competitive. You will be able to view your opponent’s play art when you bring up Coach Cam. To knock the player out of the zone, you will need to gain 30 yards on offense. This X-Factor will not be immediately available in Madden Ultimate Team, but it will be available in Franchise.
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Pass Rush Gameplay Changes:

  • Addressed an issue where QB Contain assignments would allow the QB to run underneath the defender and get outside the pocket
  • Addressed an issue where QB Contain defender did not disengage at the appropriate time once the QB broke the pocket and started scrambling

Franchise Updates:

  • New Scouting Update Available
  • Tuned the logic for the MVP award via boosting weight of sacks, greater emphasis on touchdowns, and more significant penalty for turnovers
  • Fix to some teams missing their draft picks on the active/preseason roster
  • Addressed an issue with Weekly Strategy fatigue where CPU/auto manage rep teams get too fatigued by the end of the season
  • Addressed an issue where running backs had very high yards-per-reception in simulation
  • Fixed an issue where the right tackle position did not appear in the trade menus.
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Face of the Franchise Updates:

  • Fixed a progression issue preventing players from getting progress in their player class during the road to the draft
  • Updated road to the draft to reflect difficulty settings chosen during hospitality settings
  • Resolved multiple crashes impacting player experience
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The Yard:

The Yard: Ranked has been added! The Yard: Ranked will allow you to earn Gear, Cred, and Madden Ultimate Team packs all year long. Earning Tier Points will allow you to place on the leaderboard. You can earn extra Tier Points each game by completing in-game goals known as “Props”. Rank up, Prestige, and show the world who’s the best in The Yard!

Presentation and User Interface:

  • Completed authenticity improvements across pre-game flows
  • Miscellaneous stability fixes
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Madden Ultimate Team Updates:

  • Various UI updates across the mode
  • Fixed an exploit where users were able to exceed the AP limit