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Madden 20 New Superstar KO Mode

Big Changes Including New Game Mode After Madden 20 Title Update 1.12

EA Sports made the latest Madden 20 title update 1.12 available for download on both the XBox One and PS4 consoles. Update 1.12 includes some big changes to the game and it adds a brand new game mode called Superstar KO Mode.

The new Superstar KO mode isn’t the only new addition to Madden 20. A new Superstar ability has been introduced with update 1.12. The new Superstar Kick Return ability has been added to the already extensive list of Superstar abilities. Those players with the Kick Return Ability can swing the momentum in their team’s favor in the blink of an eye.

Other than these two additions, Madden 20 update 1.12 features general improvements to game modes such as Franchise and Ultimate Team while patching and fixing some gameplay and presentation issues that players have been experiencing.

Here is the official Superstar KO Trailer plus a full detailed list that outlines the new game mode, ability plus all the various notes and patches as taken from the EA Sports Madden NFL 20 site.

Key Highlights:

  • Superstar KO Mode has been added as an exciting new way to play Madden NFL 20: Squad up and take down the competition in Madden’s fastest co-op eliminator mode featuring quick games, a unique stadium and commentary, dynamic rules, and icons of the football culture.
  • New Pat Tillman Superstar X-Factor Ability
    • Selfless: When players with this ability enter the zone, they will receive no benefits but will instead put all of their on-field teammates in the zone, until each is knocked out with their individual default knockout conditions.
      • This ability will be available in both Franchise and Ultimate Team. For Ultimate Team, this ability is exclusive to the MUT Master Pat Tillman player-item.
  • New Superstar Kick Return Ability
    • Return Man: Players with this ability can quickly shift momentum and change directions without sacrificing speed on kick and punt returns.
      • This ability is currently available in Play Now, but will not be available in Ultimate Team until mid to late September and added to Franchise very soon in an upcoming title update.

Global Updates:

  • General Stability and connectivity improvements
  • Updated player likenesses for the following NFL players:
    • Raiders TE Foster Moreau
    • Saints S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
    • Redskins OLB Montez Sweat

Franchise Updates:

  • Fixed an issue preventing users from resuming leagues after creating league via Play Now Live and getting disconnected from the server due to inactivity
  • Fixed an issue causing the main menu to show a ‘Corrupt File’ message when trying to load a saved league from the Main Menu tile

Presentation Updates:

  • Increased volume of music during post-game highlights
  • Various commentary updates and fixes
  • Updated Online post-play cameras to avoid frequent cycles through multiple cameras

Gameplay Updates:

  • Fixed an issue causing the spot of the ball to be incorrect after a Holding penalty is accepted after a turnover
  • Tuning to decrease the frequency of successful hit stick tackles and increase the frequency of broken hit stick tackles
  • Tuning to increase the ‘break-on-ball’ reaction times for zone coverage defenders
    • DEV NOTE: Based on player feedback, we’ve increased the break-on-ball reaction time by two tenths of a second. You can expect Superstars and X-Factors to break consistently on the QB’s arm movement based on their specific coverage abilities. For players without abilities, the Zone Coverage (ZCV) rating will determine how quickly and how frequently they will react to passes when in zone coverage; the Man Coverage (MCV) rating will do the same if they’ve converted to man via any Match zone. This change will make zone defenders more aggressive and will apply to all game styles: Competitive, Simulation and Arcade. There will be more zone-specific tuning coming in a future title update.
  • Fixed an issue sometimes allowing specific QB’s to enter a state where they could not be tackled while scrambling behind the line of scrimmage

Ultimate Team Updates:

  • Fixed an issue causing the incorrect challenges to appear in the post-game screens in Ultimate Challenges
  • Fixed an issue causing some users to get kicked to an incorrect menu after the party leader would choose a new challenge in Ultimate Challenges
  • Fixed an issue causing the ‘Top 3’ players to sometimes show players that are not on the opponent’s roster
  • Fixed an issue in Squads causing users who had left a lobby to still appear to teammates as being active in the lobby
  • Updated item art to include the player archetype on the front of the item

The Madden community hasn’t chimed in much regarding the new KO mode, but it seems to be designed for quick team play that appeals to the more recreational Madden gamer as opposed to the hardcore competitive players.

Let us know what you think about the latest Madden 20 title update in the comments below. Are you a fan of the new Superstar KO Mode? Have you mastered the Superstar Kick Return Ability yet? Join in the conversation below and share your thoughts with the Madden School community.

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