EA Sports regularly gets criticised – and rightly so – but Madden NFL 22’s rebuilt Franchise Mode is shaping up to be something special. The publisher announced a commitment to its most popular single player mode prior to the release of Madden NFL 21, and in fairness to the firm, it looks like it’s delivered. This year’s game is shaping up to be the best in a long time.

The video embedded above delves into the more granular details, but to recap you can look forward to staff management (with RPG-like skill trees), vastly improved weekly strategies, and unique storylines that will emerge as part of your personal play through. Even more excitingly, the publisher now has a team dedicated to “live” Franchise Mode updates, with an entirely new scouting system slated to be integrated in September and much more beyond.

Frankly, this looks fantastic. You can dig into more detailed information about your opponents, make halftime adjustments to your game plan, and much more. This is all in addition to the new Game Day system on next-gen consoles, which is designed to more accurately replicate the flow of real-life matches and home field advantage. Helmets off to the team at EA, this is exciting stuff.

[source youtube.com]