EA Sports has confirmed that the first title update for Madden NFL 13 is tentatively scheduled for September 11, which would be just two weeks after the launch of the game this Tuesday, August 28. There are currently no details on exactly what the patch will include, it is clear that EA Sports is trying to be more proactive in keeping the game updated after most people agree they failed miserably last year. For comparison, the first title update for Madden 12 came almost 7 weeks after the game released.
Madden 12 introduced “tuner sets”, a feature that was put in to give the development team the ability to put out small gameplay adjustments without the need for a full update. The feature wasn’t really used in Madden 12, but with a year of data under their belt expect EA to use it a lot more this year. The Madden team promises to closely monitor community feedback and quickly release tuners based on that feedback.
“The team is absolutely committed to post-launch support, and we will make it a point to keep you updated on title updates, tuner sets, roster updates, new Madden Moments Live and more,” EA said in a statement to Joystiq.
The key thing here is that EA is hoping for a Sept. 11 release date for the first update to Madden 13 but did acknowledge that the date could change based on when it is approved by console makers, particularly Sony and Microsoft. If certification from those companies takes longer than anticipated, expect the date for the update to slip a bit.
Madden 13 is out this Tuesday and if you want to know what you have to look forward to, check out our Madden NFL 13 review.