After its successful debut last year in FIFA 17, EA Sports is expanding their sports-based storytelling to include Madden NFL 18. Taking most of its cues from Friday Night Lights, as well as a dash of Any Given Sunday and The Program, the “Longshot” Story Mode was revealed during their E3-adjacent EA Play event today.
“Longshot” will follow the story of Devin “Longshot” Wade, a star quarterback who stepped away from the football field for a few years after high school. Portrayed by JR Lemon, Wade wants one last shot at NFL glory. The cast also includes Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as his father, along with Scott Porter as his best friend, and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino as himself (insert your own Ace Ventura: Pet Detective joke here).
The first trailer for “Longshot” has been embedded above, and a quick overview of the new mode can be found at the game’s official website.
Madden NFL 18 will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One on August 25.