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EA: 'Madden 15' changes inspired by Richard Sherman and Seattle Seahawks

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For years, the “Madden NFL” series has thrived, thanks to one of a kind gaming innovations that makes the franchise enjoyable to play, if you have the ball in your player’s hands.

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Much like the real-life NFL, fans and gamers alike were attracted more to the offensive side of the game, where the faster, better-looking players and their super model wives hung out. That was until the Seattle Seahawks, armed with a no guts, no glory approach to the game and an old-school shutdown defense, made millions realize that watching a great defense go to work can be just as cool.

It’s something that caught the eye of Madden’s development team as well.

“This year we’re bringing defensive enhancements that will make defense more fun to play than ever,” said Danny Doeberling, Assistant Producer for "Madden NFL 15,” in an exclusive interview with Examiner. “I would say we were majorly inspired by Richard Sherman and the rest of the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks. Their defensive dominance was amazing, and I think our fans felt the same way as they voted Sherman for the ‘Madden NFL 15’ cover.”

Between new camera angles on defense and the new “Off the Line” gameplay mechanic, a speed burst available to defensive players to spice up the pass-rush game, the development team at EA has tried to capture Seattle’s “sexy” defense and give them and defenses with just as much talent, the same abilities they have on the field.

“We built a bunch of new mechanics, including new defensive line moves, a jump the snap mechanic, new ways to tackle, and two cameras devoted specifically to the defense,” Doeberling added. “We hope with all the new improvements, players can master them and become a defensive force like last year’s Seahawks.”

Madden 15” is set for an August 26 release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One home gaming consoles.

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