Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are the new wave of NFL quarterback, what most franchises desire at the position. The two men can now pat themselves on the back for inspiring a new feature in the great Madden video game series.
Madden NFL 25, comes out on August 27, so take the day off, or get your call out excuse ready now.
EA Sports and the Madden staff have added a new feature for ball carriers in this year’s game called Run Free, which multiplies the available moves that playmakers had been able to make in previous years.
Even though the new feature is available to running backs, receivers and even defensive players after a turnover, EA Sports says it specifically developed this function as a reaction to how the league’s new generation of signal-callers are changing NFL offenses according to USA Today.
“Last year was an incredibly special year when you look at the quarterbacks. The RG III’s, the Russell Wilsons, the Colin Kaepernicks – they really changed the way offenses play in this league,” Anthony Stevenson, Sr. Director of Marketing for EA Sports. “It feels so much different – the pistol offense, the read option – it feels a lot different to me than the wildcat where you might throw in a couple plays but in a couple of years it kind of faded away. This doesn’t feel like that at all. This is personnel driven and you’re talking about the future quarterbacks that are going to be the Pro Bowlers for the next ten to 15 years and take the torch from the Peyton Mannings and Tom Bradys. We wanted to make sure we represented that in this year’s game so we have a campaign called Run Free.”
“We’ve gone from roughly eight moves to 38 different moves you can do. The thing that players like RGIII are so good at is putting different moves together at one time. In the past if you were going to do a spin move in Madden, you’d have to complete your spin move before you could do something else. These guys today start with a spin move and then decide ‘I’m going to plant real quick and juke right.’
It will be interesting to see what teams, and more specifically, which one of the new age quarterbacks guys will be hyped to use.
Cam, RG3, Kaepernick, Wilson, the list goes on.