Yesterday, Madden Ultimate Team released their first blog providing news on some of the changes and details coming to MUT 18. Jake Stein, Producer on Madden Ultimate Team 18 noticed the hype around this amazing news and decided to open the doors for a Q & A on Twitter. Check out the questions the fans were able to throw at Jake Stein below
@Erockhd : Understand traded items can’t be auctioned, but can they still be collected in sets?
@Jstein2469: Yes, only the ability to auction is removed. And again, if the card is traded back to the original owner, it’s fully actionable again.
@Urfuhked: What if it gets passed around then back to the original owner?
@Jstein2469: That’s fine. Once back with original owner, it’s good
@_Mario19: Are core elites different than base elites? Because no way Mike Evans went up 9 points
@Jstein2469: “Core” is the M18 equivalent to what “base” has been in the past
@Zirksee: Are the free elites we get from pre ordering 80 overalls? or higher
@Jstein2469: I don’t recall offhand. The Goats are higher though and might even have a chance to grow from there
@seakucumber: Does this mean no bronze players in MUT18 or did the blog leave off bronze <60?
@Jstein2469: Bronze is exclusively used for the base team. Cannot pull bronze out of packs
@Noah_NYG: With TOTW card boarders changing back to green will legends change back to blue
@thetexasboy91: New pack animations?
@Jstein2469: Pack opening animations are different than last year
@catchmyheadkick: Anything interesting you can reveal about weekend leagues?
@Jstein2469: Blog is coming. I think we ironed out what the guts are from one of the better pack rewards today and it was FIRE!
@EliasElias99: Will there be more or less collectibles compared to 17?
@Jstein2469: The goal is less, much less. Especially from packs. Sometimes its hard to avoid “proof of completion” stuff though.
@na7eo3470: Will we have walk outs like FIFA?
@Jstein2469: No, but those are something we do envy
@TJMay111: Do you have the option out of four team players to upgrade or can you upgrade all 4 possible players?
@Jstein2469: each player has their own set. We created something we call “nested sets”. Hard to describe but it allows us to organize sets much cleaner.
@MichaelGTBuzz: Will we still be able to purchase team items off the block?
@Jstein2469: Yes, I would anticipate they cost more than any other MUT though
@Zirksee: How do you get the 70 overall cards to start the upgrade sets? if you want to do more then just one
@Jstein2469: Like the Evans I had in the example? There’s a set that allows you to choose any of the other 21 teams and get those players too.
@JJ_Cl: All these changes are cute but none of them address the reason myself and many others quit playing
@Jstein2469: Gameplay frustrations have been addressed, we added tons of value to packs and new players will feel much more satisfying.
@Jblack_Muckshow: Will we have something similar to gauntlet or journey at launch to grind for some packs?
@Jstein2469: Of course. There’s so much solo conent planned. I think solo grinders are going to be quite pleased.
@2kLiam: How would the team items be obtained if they aren’t in packs?
@Jstein2469: Check out the blog. Team tokens (which are obtained by collecting silver & gold players of that same team) are used to get team items
@slammer4344: Hey Jake are the Elite PB’s still going to be in this year and can we get them early rather than later
@Jstein2469: I asked the guys about this recently. They should be available much earlier than last year.
@OrgRandom: Blog said the first upgrade set requires a starter pack player… sothat mean I can only do the upgrade sets for the starter pack I choose?
@Jstein2469: My example did. The other 2 upgradable players just require a team token to get started
@kelso_1909: Why did you choose such a wide range of overall ratings for elites (80-99) and didn’t add a higher tier (90-99)
@Jstein2469: We chased getting a new tier. Just couldn’t make it happen. Hopefully program colored borders will help that perception a little.
@Apprentice207: Any new chems added this year?
@Jstein2469: Chems deserve their own blog but high overview – you will see less chems this year then M17
@tekrajgaming: Will color rush uniforms be in the game this year?
@Daraidernation: Highest ovr card pullable at launch?
@Jstein2469: We’re still not all the way done discussing internally but if we were live today I believe it would be a 91 or 92.
@hgizzan: Can you talk more about how M18’s MUT Master will be like?
@Jstein2469: 1. It will be an objective list, not a set. 2. It won’t be Brady
@nicz0risdead: do you have to play h2h to get mut master this year
@GoldSulftin: In regards to ratings and their direct effect on gameplay, will we be able to discern an 78 ovr player more from an 85 ovr player?
@Jstein2469: This is exactly what we wanted to address. The answer is a resounding yes.
Overall there were a ton of great questions asked by the fans. I didn’t get a chance to ask my question, but I would like to know is there going to be a tracking system for cards that you trade away? Can you search around for your cards to see who has it?
Jake Stein- @Jstein2469