Madden NFL 24: The Relocation Feature Deserves More Than Just a Facelift

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Madden NFL 24: The Relocation Feature Deserves More Than Just a Facelift

2023-07-05 10:20

Madden NFL 24 is on the horizon, and the anticipation is palpable. The recent unveiling of Josh Allen as the cover star has only added to the excitement. The game promises new animations, enhanced franchise features, and a plethora of customization options. However, one aspect that has sparked a significant debate among fans is the revamped relocation feature.

A Closer Look at the Relocation Feature in Madden NFL 24

In the Madden NFL series, the relocation feature has always been a point of contention. In the early iterations, players had the freedom to create their team logos, uniforms, stadiums, and even team names. This feature was unfortunately phased out in Madden 13, only to be reintroduced in a limited form in Madden 15. The current version allows players to relocate, but only to a select few cities, and the customization options are limited to pre-made teams with pre-designed uniforms and stadiums.

Madden NFL 24 aims to enhance this feature by adding 15 new cities for relocation. This means players can now relocate to these cities immediately. The new cities include:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Anchorage, Alaska

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Canton, Ohio

  • Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Louisville, Kentucky

  • Melbourne, Australia

  • Montreal, Canada

  • Omaha, Nebraska

  • Paris, France

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Tokyo, Japan

  • Vancouver, Canada

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

In addition to the new cities, over 90 uniforms have been updated, with nine uniform combinations per team. However, the question remains: Are these improvements enough?

Why Madden NFL 24's Relocation Improvements Fall Short

The relocation and team creation features in recent Madden NFL games have been less than stellar. If we look back at games like Madden NFL 09, players had the liberty to create teams entirely on their own. They could choose from a set of pre-made logos, select any city, customize team uniforms, colors, and stadiums, and even make the team's alternate logo the main one.

It's perplexing that a next-generation sports game can't keep up with features its predecessors implemented three generations ago. Other sports game franchises, such as MLB The Show 23 and NBA 2K23, still allow players to create their own teams and logos. Even smaller titles like Super Mega Baseball 4 offer this feature.

The relocation aspect in Madden NFL 24 is a step in the right direction, but it's not enough. Players should be able to change the colors of the relocation team they choose. They should be able to update uniforms over time. Imagine starting with a new team in 2023 and being able to change their uniforms later on. These old uniforms could then be saved as alternate or throwback designs for special matchups.

The Bigger Picture: Madden NFL 24's Missing Features

The relocation feature is just one of many missing or removed features in Madden NFL. The game now focuses on tackling animations that most players won't notice and a controversial Mahomes Dive-Pass. We've lost presentation features like league-wide or local newspapers, radio shows, or broadcast packages.

Yes, Mini-Games are making a comeback, and the improvements to player management seem promising, but these changes don't feel sufficient for a game that's supposed to be a "make-or-break" for EA Sports Management. The hope is that the upgrades to relocation will pave the way for the return of team creation features.

Madden NFL 24: Release Date and Pricing

Madden NFL 24 is scheduled for release on August 18th, 2023. The game will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via EA App, Steam, and Epic Games Store. The standard edition will cost $69.99 USD across all platforms, while the Deluxe edition will be priced at $99.99.

Conclusion: The Future of Madden NFL 24

While the relocation improvements in Madden NFL 24 are a welcome change, they are not enough to satisfy the creative desires of the players. The game needs to do more to foster player creativity and customization. The hope is that EA Sports will listen to the feedback from the community and continue to improve the game in future iterations.

For more detailed information on Madden NFL 24, stay tuned to our updates.


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