Quarterbacks at the ready: Madden 20 beta is coming June 14

Madden NFL 20: Closed beta announced, gameplay revealed

At EA Play at E3 today, we learned more about Madden 20's Superstar X-Factor, the system that lets you unlock special abilities for star players after completing objectives. Not only that, but a number of small gameplay tweaks have been made to make the experience more fluid and responsive, and a handful of new features like RPOs will make their debut in Madden NFL 20.

The livestream detailed the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 Career campaign, of which PAtrick Mahomes will feature. Be the face of an National Football League franchise where every decision you make matters on and off the field. Madden plans to update playbooks and animations during the regular season, so if you see a wild new play, it might be coming to Madden 20 thereafter.

The presentation also included some clips of first-look gameplay and a deeper dive into Superstar X-Factors for certain players and new Zone Abilities that can activate said X-Factors. Each player will specialise in different areas.

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There are other quality-of-life improvements too, like 220 new run pass options, new unique formations, and signature animations coming to players and teams that mimic their real-life iterations, down to the specific way some carry the ball. Cover star Pat Mahomes has "Bazooka", which is exclusive to him. JuJu Smith Schuster has the "Double Me" X-Factor which demands additional attention from the defense. Face of the Franchise is a brand new career mode that allows you to create your own character and play for a college team.

While it's a shame not to get access to two of the more exciting additions to Madden 20, perhaps they'll come in a later beta.

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