EA Sports recently released a new making-of trailer for Longshot, the new story mode in Madden NFL 18, highlighting the mode’s emphasis on capturing the feeling of playing through a sports movie.
The main idea behind Longshot is to “take these moments in the story that feel a lot like montages from a sports movie [and] turn those things into a game,” according to Madden 18 senior designer Josh Looman.
Longshot follows Devin Wade (J.R. Lemon), a one-time top-tier quarterback prospect who quit football in college after a personal tragedy shook his foundation. Throughout Longshot, the player will navigate Wade through the almost-impossible task of being drafted into the NFL after years away from football. It also stars Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as Devin’s father, Cutter Wade.
“Everyone can relate to Devin because people have at one point or another pursued their dream or quit on their dream because they were scared,” writer and director Mike Young says in the trailer.
Also, you can see Dan Marino with a bunch of mo-cap markings on his face.
Our review of Madden 18 thought that the “story that Longshot tells could be placed alongside all the best football stories we’ve seen” and that “it’s one of the freshest and most enjoyable things the Madden series has ever done.”
You can check out the first act of Longshot in our recent gameplay video below:
Madden NFL 18 is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on August 25th, though EA Access subscribers can play for 10 hours right now.