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Release Date Announced

Madden 11 was released on August 10th, 2010 as part of EA's release party, appropriately called Madden Gras with Drew Brees (Madden 11 cover athlete) named as the Special Events Coordinator. This release event was celebrated the same way the Super Bowl XLIV winning city would throw a party, Big Easy style.

Cover Athlete

Doritos, a sponsor of Madden NFL 11, allowed the fans to vote for the cover athlete. The choices were:

Madden Cover Athlete Voting

The voting was open from February 4 to March 15. The cover athlete was announced the day of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Chris Erb, senior director of partnership marking for EA Sports, told ESPN.com "The idea behind the promotion is that throughout the years, no matter who we end up putting on the cover, it's never the right choice. So the idea here is to bring the consumers into the process and have a voice."

Cover Athlete Announcement

The results are in! The athlete for the cover of Madden NFL 11 was released on Thursday April 22nd on the EA Sports website congratulating Drew Brees as the 2011 cover athlete - who was voted for by Madden NFL fans.

Drew Brees responds to being the cover athlete:

"The Madden NFL franchise holds a special place in popular culture and the cover is a coveted position for players all over the league." Drew Brees expressed "I'm honored to be the first cover athlete chosen by Madden NFL fans and it's a great way to cap off an amazing year for the Saints and the city of New Orleans."

The SportsCenter show special On the Clock will be televised live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City (site of the NFL Draft) showcasing the new Madden cover athlete. The show starts at 4:30pm Eastern, live on ESPN, and will last for three-hours.

New Features

Madden NFL 11 is integrating a motion engine based on the one used in FIFA 10. This engine is called locomotion and deals with speed, acceleration, and, agility. Player movement will be more responsive and based off of acceleration, momentum, and direction. The Madden NFL development team did a live chat on the new locomotion engine.

The Madden NFL development team said,"The big 3 for locomotion are Speed, Accel, and Agility. Agility is the most important rating for changing of directions, followed closely by Acceleration (need to get back up to speed after slowing down to cut or turn at high speed). If I had to rank them I'd put Speed and Accel roughly even with Agility close behind. Last year Accel and Agility weren't on the same planet as speed. :)

From early gameplay footage the new Locomotion engine appears to have fixed a few flaws present in older Maddens. Lineman no longer teleport to predetermined locations and no longer get stuck into "suction" blocking. Because of the addition of speed, acceleration, and agility rating linemen seem to actually plant their legs and be forced to move around the pocket that way.

Catching has been tuned to fix bugs in previous versions where receivers would run backwards, not recognize the sideline, or make no attempt to stay in bounds on a touchdown catch. The Madden NFL development team did a live chat on the tuning made to catching.

The debut trailer was released at midnight on Thursday, April 22, 2010 on Spike TV after the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With the mantra, "Simpler, Quicker, Deeper" the video revealed GameFlow, an all-new play-calling system similar to what an NFL quarterback would experience in a real game. GameFlow is intended to keep players in the action for as long as possible, reducing time spent in the playbook and enabling players to complete games quicker. GameFlow is however a very deep system as players can fully customize sets of plays to use during online or offline games. Players can also rate their favorite plays up to 5 stars(think iTunes) to make creating their favorite sets of plays easier. During the game coaches will instruct the player on what play is being run through their headset. The game will not simply state the name of the play like "X,Y,Z Flex" but instead will instruct the player on what to expect. For example "the TE will cut across the middle of the field after 15 yards, try to read the linebacker to see if he is covered".

The most drastic change is the removal of the Turbo button; a long standing tradition of the Madden franchise. A player will always attempt to run at top speed when the play dictates it. A players ability to outrun defenders or find the hole is entirely based off of their new ratings instead of the holding down of an arbitrary "accelerator". The Turbo button can be turned back on in the options.

Dual Stick Control switches over controls for all juke moves to the right analog stick instead of face buttons; all juke moves are analog and based off of the amount of pressure applied to the right stick. A spin is no longer the same for every player, you can spin less or more based on the movement of the right stick. It is possible for poorly rated players to be unable to achieve certain juke moves resulting in them falling flat on their face.

Other new features include:

Demo

For the first time, EA Tiburon let fans vote for the two teams that would be matched up in the demo for Madden NFL 11. The options included:

  • New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts (2010 Super Bowl Matchup)
  • New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts (2010 AFC Championship Game)
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints (2010 NFC Championship Game)

On April 22, 2010, EA Sports announced that the demo for Madden NFL 11 will feature the New York Jets versus the Indianapolis Colts when the demo arrives in late July.

Team Ratings

RankTeamMadden 11Madden 10Change
1New Orleans Saints9294-2
2Indianapolis Colts9193-2
3Baltimore Ravens90873
4New York Jets89881
5Minnesota Vikings8890-2
6Green Bay Packers8787NA
7Dallas Cowboys8788-1
8New England Patriots8688-2
9Cincinnati Bengals8686NA
10San Diego Chargers8589-4
11Pittsburgh Steelers8485-1
12Atlanta Falcons8383NA
13New York Giants8181NA
14Philadelphia Eagles8086-6
15Arizona Cardinals7987-8
16Miami Dolphins79772
17San Francisco 49ers79781
18Houston Texans7882-4
19Denver Broncos7880-2
20Chicago Bears77752
21Tennessee Titans7779-2
22Washington Redskins76706
23Carolina Panthers7578-3
24Seattle Seahawks75723
25Jacksonville Jaguars7476-2
26Oakland Raiders7171NA
27Kansas City Chiefs71683
28Cleveland Browns70691
29Tampa Bay Buccaneers69672
30Detroit Lions68662
31Buffalo Bills6771-4
32St. Louis Rams66651

Rate the Rookies

For the first time, EA Tiburon allowed fans to have an impact in the ratings for rookie players. During the live broadcast of the 2010 NFL Draft, "Ratings Czar" Donny Moore released his preliminary ratings for the players drafted in the first three rounds on the Madden NFL 11 Draft Experience website and allowed fans to personally adjust them.

First Round Draft Picks and Donny's Ratings:

1. Sam Bradford – QB, Oklahoma – 80

2. Ndamukong Suh – DT, Nebraska – 85

3. Gerald McCoy – DT, Oklahoma – 84

4. Trent Williams – OT, Oklahoma – 79

5. Eric Berry – S, Tenn., – 85

6. Russell Okung – T, Okla. St. – 85

7. Joe Haden – CB, Fla. – 79

8. Rolando McClain – MLB, Alabama – 79

9. CJ Spiller – RB, Clemson – 79

10. Tyson Alualu – DT, Cal – 69

11. Anothony Davis – OT, Rutgers – 75

12. Ryan Matthews – RB, Fresno State – 77

13. Brandon Graham – OLB, Michigan – 78

14. Earl Thomas – S, Texas – 81

15. Jason Pierre-Paul – DE, USF – 79

16. Derrick Morgan – DE, Ga. Tech – 79

17. Mike Iupati – OL, Idaho – 84

18. Maurkice Pouncey – OL, Fla. – 76

19. Sean Weatherspoon – LB, Mizzou – 75

20. Kareem Jackson – CB, Alabama – 70

21. Jermaine Gresham – TE, Okla. – 78

22. Demaryius Thomas – WR, Ga. Tech – 74

23. Bryan Bulaga – OL, Iowa – 78

24. Dez Bryant – WR, Okla St – 80

25. Tim Tebow – QB, Fla. – 70

26. Dan Williams – DT, Tenn. – 76

27. Devin McCourty – CB, Rutgers – 74

28. Jared Odrick – DT, Penn State – 76

29. Kyle Wilson – CB, Boise State – 76

30. Javhid Best – RB, Cal – 74

31. Jerry Hughes – DE, TCU – 74

32. Patrick Robinson – CB, Florida State – 75

Player Ratings

Prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, EA Sports revealed the attributes that contribute significantly to a quarterback's overall rating, as well as the overall ratings for the top ten quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL.

Top Six Quarterback Attributes in Madden NFL 11

1. Accuracy (41%)

2. Throwing Power (23%)

3. Awareness (17%)

4. Agility (10%)

5. Stamina (5%)

6. Toughness (4%)

Top Ten Quarterbacks in Madden NFL 11

1. Peyton Manning - 99

2. Drew Brees - 99

3. Tom Brady - 95

4. Aaron Rodgers - 93

5. Phillip Rivers - 93

6. Brett Favre - 92

7. Ben Roethlisberger - 91

8. Donovan McNabb - 90

9. Tony Romo - 89

10. Matt Schaub - 89

Following Madden

The Madden development team is on Twitter to give fans the latest updates on Madden.

NamePositionTwitter Name
Anthony StevensonSr Product Mgr@EAnthonyS
Ari RatnerAsst. Product Mgr@ ari_ratner
Nathan Stewart
Mkting Director
@ TiburonFB
Ian CummingsCreative Director@ ian_cummings
Phil FrazierSr. Producer@ fillycheze
Mike YoungArt Director@ mysportsphotog
Ryan FerwerdaDev Mgr@ ryan_ferwerda
Will KinslerSr CommunityMgr@ raczilla
John TaylorTechnical Artist@ johnt_eatiburon
Rob SemseySr PR Manager@ EA_SPORTS_Rob
Tony LloydWeb Producer@ tony_99
Justin DewielCommunity Mgr@ dewiel
Eric GrayLive Producer@ the_eric_gray
Carlos NavarroBroadcast Prdcr@ carlos_2310_ea
Donny MooreRatings Czar@ donny_moore
Madden NFLGame News@ EAMaddenNFL

Links

The Madden 11 soundtrack features a variety of songs that are both covers and original recordings. All songs with * next to them is a cover.

AC/DC - Thunderstruck

Queen - We Will Rock You*

Blur - Song 2

Archie Eversole - We Ready

Zombie Nation - Kemkraft 400*

Bush - Machinehead

Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil' Wayne - Let It Rock

Joe Satriani - Crowd Chant*

Kiss - Rock and Roll All Night

Ozzy Osbourne - Let Me Hear You Scream

Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train

The Hives - Tick Tick Boom

Ted Rundgren - Bang the Drum

Ying Yang Twins ft. HomeBwoi - Halftime

The game also features some team specific songs :

Chicago Bears - Bear Down Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions - Gridiron Heros

Green Bay Packers - Go Packers Go

Miami Dolphins - Miami Dolphins #1

Minnesota Vikings - Skol Vikings

Philadelphia Eagles - Fly Eagles Fly

Washington Redskins - Hail to the Redskins

Madden on Facebook

EA Sports president Peter Moore said:

We have to make Madden more accessible. You'll see us on Facebook going forward.

iPhone/iPad Edition

The iPhone and iPad edition were released the same day as the console versions, and include the same new feature "Gameflow." However there are game play specific features made only for the iOS4 versions.

  • Slow down time during a play in to give player specific orders such as spinning, juking, passing, swating, etc..
  • Use the touch screen to draw out hot-routes for passing, running, and defense. Ability to save hot-routes as audibles.
  • TDC ("Total Defensive Control") Pausing the action and position defensive players

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