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Madden 17 Update Makes Fumbles Happen Less Often

News Bot Sep 1, 2016

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    A new update for Madden NFL 17 released this week makes changes to the the game's ball-stripping mechanics that should lead to fewer fumbles in non-sack situations.
    Madden creative director Rex Dickson shared the news on Twitter.
    Today's tuning update: A reduction in the effectiveness of the strip ball mechanic. Should be less fumbles. Let us know what you think.
    — Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) August 29, 2016
    Dickson said in another tweet that this tuning update is in response to a "serious bug" involving the ball-stripping mechanic. "It played great until you played a user trying to strip," he said.
    There won't be any changes to Madden NFL 17's fumble probability after taking a sack, however. Dickson gave some advice to avoid losing fumbles this way: "Stop trying to throw out of sack and get the ball out earlier."
    The new Madden patch also fixes an issue where apparently your opponent could see if you were planning a run or a throw play.
    Dickson also shared some Madden NFL 17 stats that speak to performance on the all-important third down. After the first week, players have completed 44 percent of third downs, compared to 36 percent for the CPU. The 2015 NFL average was 39 percent. As for fourth down conversions, this stands at 49.37 percent for users and 34.75 percent for the CPU. The NFL average last year was 50 percent.
    Week One Stats for #Madden17 3rd down conversion percentage: Users: 44% CPU: 36% 2015 NFL Average: 39%
    — Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) August 31, 2016
    In other news about Madden NFL 17, EA Sports has confirmed that the game's new commentary team will discuss Colin Kaepernick's controversial decision to sit during the national anthem. It's unclear if the patch introducing the commentary is out yet, but we'll report back with more information soon.
    For more on Madden NFL 17, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.


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