Madden 23 Gameplay: FieldSENSE and New Features revealed

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We've received some updates on the Madden 23 gameplay and frankly, we're getting pretty excited.

Not only do we have new Gridiron Notes but an interview that Senior Producer Clint Oldenburg had with IGN detailed some extra gameplay notes.

With that being said, let's get you up to speed on everything within the game.

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Getting the chance to check out some of the gameplay while we played the Closed Beta was great but now the feedback is out and changes were made.

One of the most significant Madden 23 gameplay changes was to defense, which was adjusted to make the game more realistic.

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DEFENSIVE UPDATES: Expect to see 27 new hit-stick animations in Madden 23

With things like the addition of 27 hit-stick animations, players are excited to check out the new Madden 23 gameplay.

The good news is you can read the full Gridiron Notes right here along with the IGN interview with Clint Oldenburg.

Madden 23 Gameplay New Features

The biggest question that players are asking surrounds the new features coming to Madden 23 gameplay. The good news is that there seems to be quite a lot of it.

The newest addition is FieldSENSE, which we'll go into detail on below. Unfortunately for current gen users, FieldSENSE is only available on these next gen platforms, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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EXCLUSIVE: FieldSENSE will only be available on next gen systems

Let's breakdown FieldSENSE courtesy of the Madden 23 gameplay Gridiron Notes:


  • Hit Everything: Redefining defensive pursuit, new Hit Everything mechanics let you be more disruptive on defense. New animation branching technology in Madden NFL 23 enables next-gen Hit-Stick physics so you can perform mid-air knockouts, hit the pile to assist in tackles already in progress, blow up blocks, and force turnovers with stand up tackles.
  • Skill-Based Passing: Lead your receivers open, drop back-shoulder throws into tight windows, and place every pass where only your receiver can catch it with surgical accuracy thanks to this all-new way to pass. Skill-based passing introduces a new accuracy reticle and passing meter.
  • 360° Cuts: Whether you're a running back, wide receiver after the catch, or returning a kick, new 360° Cuts give you the freedom and fluidity as the ball-carrier to hit the gaps you want to, plant-and-go, and elude defenders using Left Trigger/L2 and a well-timed flick of the stick.
  • WR vs DB Battles: A suite of new wide receiver release moves and defensive back counter press mechanics make for some fancy footwork and crucial 1-v-1 battles off the line.

Now, let's take a look at the foundational football changes that were made to the Madden 23 gameplay and how it will affect you this year.

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Foundational Football Changes

Some foundational changes have been made to the Madden 23 gameplay. This includes changes to pass coverage, pass rush and QB contain, catching, and more.

With all of these changes coming to the game, players might be overwhelmed when they first get to play. The good news is these changes only mean that EA cares about making improvements to the franchise.

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GREAT GRAPHICS: The first images of the game are looking very crispy

Let's take a look at a few of the Madden 23 gameplay improvements and updates coming this year.

  • Quicker Get Offs for All Pass Rushers
  • Rush Lane Integrity
  • New End Zone Coverage Logic
  • Route Specific Break-on-Throw Logic
  • Drift Logic for Deep Zone Defenders
  • Spot Drop Zones
  • Tuned AI QB's
  • New Signature Animation & Content
  • New Injury Animations

Ready to check out the reveal trailer that features some Madden 23 gameplay? Let's get our first look at what we can expect on August 19.

Madden 23 Reveal Trailer

The reveal trailer for Madden 23 kicks off with the introduction of John Madden, this years cover athlete.

From there, the trailer dives into a bit more about FieldSENSE and some of the key improvements with the Madden 23 gameplay.

Check it out here:

We mentioned above the release date, but in case you missed it the release date for Madden 23 is Friday, August 19, 2022.

You can get early access on specific editions of the game, to learn more about the pre order rewards, follow this link.

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