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With EA Sports laying out upcoming feature reveals and improvements for Madden NFL 13 the mysterious "monumental change to gameplay" looms large. Many are speculating this could be Kinect related particularly given that no mention of Kinect is made elsewhere. I have trouble accepting that theory however.

If it would turn out to be Kinect that would be a humongous error on EA's part - I can't believe that they would make such a mistake. The company can't tout a "monumental change" when it would only affect a small percentage of their consumers.

Hyping it up in such a manner would do so at a cost of alienating their PS3 consumer base as well as the vast majority on the 360 who don't have Kinect. It doesn't make sense to promote it that way. Note how Kinect was marketed for Tiger Woods. It was done so not in a manner to minimize the experience of those who don't have that hardware available to them but somewhat as a "bonus" for those who do.

It's also worth analyzing the actual statement. Kinect would not necessarily be a "change to gameplay" but instead a different way to play the game. The "blurring the line between virtual and reality" is probably what leads some to believe Kinect. General hyperbole though is not something that would be new from EA.

I doubt the speculation over Kinect being what's referenced there will subside but it is much more likely that the functionality will be featured on its own at some point and in a fashion that is much more appropriate.

Of course casual gamers are going to be targeted with the E3 press conference in some manner but it's hard to believe they'd create such hype (in advance) only to make the end result news that only affects a small percentage of their consumer base.
EA Sports has posted their schedule for feature reveals relating to Madden NFL 13. Though the descriptions are vague there is quite a bit to glean from
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Really no clue...I suspect it will be a featured targeted at the more casual crowd though given it'll be discussed at the E3 press conference.
On the Kinect piece I don't know that I feel one way or the other about it but you could also view it the opposite way that you approached it.

Instead of seeing it as being only relevant to a portion of the audience it could be seen as something that opens up a new audience.
True. I would question though the reasoning behind planting that tease now - directed at the more hardcore crowd - rather than just rolling out a new initiative at E3. I think that's really where it throws me off. We know Kinect is in Madden so they could have stated it was Kinect related without being vague and making people speculate.
Maybe it's something along the lines of the vision cone...
One thing Im sure wont be a vision cone!
I doubt they'll bring it back also because of how many people hated it, but it could be something that will have that type of impact on how you play the game.
Maybe they'll do something drastic like simplify the control scheme? Maybe a system where you use only the analog sticks for basic functions (moving, throwing, running, etc), while the face buttons are reserved for playcalling and adjustments.
I was playing devil's advocate but if I had to put money on it I'd say you are right and that it's got the kind of impact +Jody Ancar mentioned.
I tend to lean in the direction of something simplifying the way the game is played also. I don't think they want to make the game more confusing or difficult for non-expert players.
One thing to consider about Madden at E3 and possibility of a monumental change. There could be some news related to the Wii U version.
If the monumental change is related to the Wii U, I can't see it being received well by fans, especially when early buzz about the console has quickly gone downhill after the rumored specs and price point were leaked.
+Suwan Phommachanh I should mention the control schemes are apparently going to be the same for Madden and NCAA - and NCAA is using the right stick for QB evasive moves in the pocket. Doesn't mean there can't be an alternate way to play but I'm not sure they'd talk in monumental terms unless it was a standard way to play.
I have to agree with Pasta on this one, if the monumental change is Kinect related the community will crucify EA. I would imagine that Kinect will be integrated with play calling for those that have a Kinect. However I am very curious to see what "Monumental Change" will be made to gameplay.
I said this very thing on the article about the podcast.


anyone notice what looked like ragdoll physics at the end of the tackle on the kickoff? it was around 32:19
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well maybe not ragdoll but a definite physics improvement
I think it's gonna be Real-Time Physic, if my eyes don't deceive me. Just peep about 32:10 in the Presentation & Gameplay Webcast replay.

I think Madden would see the biggest drop in sales if it's Kinect-related, but that's just me...
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