Madden 23 Beta: Closed Beta Review & Franchise Mode features

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The Madden 23 beta continues on as new game modes are added, most recently, Franchise Mode.

Along with Franchise Mode, we got to experience more of FieldSENSE, the newest gameplay mechanic in the game.

Let's go over what we know about the Madden 23 beta

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UPDATED - Franchise Mode added

One area that we were all excited about when the Madden 23 beta was announced is what Franchise Mode will look like.

Today, the Franchise Mode was added to the beta and we had a chance to play it. With new features and the contracts being upgraded, it's starting to look good.

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FRANCHISE MODE: Learn everything you need to know about our early look

Player Motivations have been introduced which will detail why certain players might not want to be traded. We went more in-depth on the Madden 23 beta in our review.

For our full breakdown of the Franchise Mode, follow this link.

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Madden 23 Beta Review

Players were excited to receive codes for the Madden 23 beta, luckily enough, we received one as well. We got to play the beta on an Xbox One Series X|S.

Since we were on a next gen console we had the chance to check out FieldSENSE. In one instance, we were able to blow up a mid-air endzone touchdown with a tackle while the receiver was still in the air, and it definitely felt as powerful as it would've in a real game.

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GAMECHANGER: Break up passes and have more control with FieldSENSE

Considering FieldSENSE is a focal point, it was nice to get a glimpse of it in the Madden 23 beta. Madden 23 Ultimate Team was also added today.

To check out our full review on the beta, follow this link.

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Closed Beta is LIVE

With the Madden 23 beta officially out, the game ran into a few hurdles early on in gameplay. At the moment, we believe that these are fixed.

While it experienced a few issues, EA made sure to release a Gridiron Notes announcement surrounding the bugs.

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NO RECORDING: No screen captures or recordings are allowed during the beta

These were the bugs that players experienced when first playing the Madden 23 beta.

  • Mid-Air collisions at the catch point not triggering frequently enough
  • HB Slip Screen does not work appropriately due to the RB delay being too long
  • Aggressive catch mechanic doesn’t respect player-input in some specific situations
  • Sometimes Catches do not sync up appropriately when throwing to Tight Ends on Flat routes
  • Running backs sometimes get caught up in the line when going out on a route and do not play an avoidance or a Chip block animation
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These are things that EA will work on in the future. For a full breakdown of the Madden 23 beta, we have our review here.

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What modes are currently available?

Head-to-head games were granted to be in the Madden 23 beta. However, we're happy to announce that Madden 23 Ultimate Team is available now.

We were partly surprised by the addition of MUT 23, but we're definitely happy to see it added into the game.

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FRANCHISE MODE: Could we get a look at a reworked Franchise Mode?

It's good to see that Franchise Mode was added to the beta, especially after the game mode didn't receive much attention in Madden 22.

At the moment, these are the game modes available:

  • Play Now
  • Online H2H
  • Madden Ultimate Team
  • Franchise Mode
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Now that we're playing the game, we'll keep you updated with everything there is to know. We hope to receive approval to review the Madden 23 beta as well.

Madden 23 Cover revealed

The Madden 23 cover was revealed today and we've got three different ones for you to take a look at. Also, the legendary John Madden graces this years cover.

From the Standard Edition to the new All Madden Edition, there are covers for each version. Hopefully, we'll find out more about what those editions mean.

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NEW COVERS: Check out the new Madden 23 covers available

Here are the editions we know of so far:

  • Madden 23 Standard Edition (current gen)
  • Madden 23 Standard Edtion (next gen)
  • Madden 23 All Madden Edition
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Here's what we expect players will have to pay for each of the Madden 23 editions:

  • Standard Edition (PS4 & Xbox One) - $59.99
  • Standard Edition (PS5 & Xbox One X/S) - $69.99
  • All Madden Edition (All Consoles) - $99.99
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Closed Beta Extended

The latest announcement, via tweet, is that the Madden 23 beta will be extended until June 27th. This gives players more time to enjoy the game.

Along with that, Madden Ultimate Team is also available until June 21. We also expect that there will be more updates on the beta in the coming days.

As you can see in the above tweet, EA is looking for players to send in feedback on the Madden 23 beta. You can submit your feedback here.

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We've got some information on the EA Play Trial as well, follow this link to read more about that.