Madden 18 is going Hollywood with their new “Longshot” story mode. Electronic Arts hired Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali to voice Devin Wade, who dreams of playing in the NFL, and who’s destiny you control in the new story mode in Madden 18.
On Saturday, EA revealed the new Longshot story mode for Madden 18 at E3 2017. While other sports game franchises have had their own story modes such as NBA 2K’s MyCareer, MLB The Show’s Road to the Show, and FIFA 17’s, this is the first story mode in Madden’s 29-year history.
The Longshot mode is promising “movie-quality” writing, acting, visuals, and production values. “Our philosophy [with Longshot] was a playable movie, versus, like, a career mode with cutscenes,” said Mike Young, who is the creative director on Madden 18 and co-lead writer of Longshot. Dan Marino plays himself in the story mode and serves as a mentor to Devin. It took four years for EA to develop their cinematic story mode.