Madden NFL 17 is an American football sports video game based on the National Football League and published by EA Sports for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. On May 12, 2016 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was announced as the cover athlete. It was released on August 23, 2016.
The game includes new features such as an upgrade of the Ground Game, a redesigned and better Franchise Mode, "Madden 365", new Ball Carrier UI Prompts help teach moves available to you, while the new Path Assist helps you navigate and anticipate down field and more.
EA decided not to allow Madden players vote for the Madden NFL 17 cover athlete, announcing it on May 12, 2016 at 12:02 AM via the SportsCenter Twitter Account. After losing the Madden NFL 16 cover vote to New York Giants Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was announced as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 17 on May 12, 2016.
Madden NFL 17 features an overhauled offensive, defensive, and special teams systems, including new mechanics and authentic AI. New ball carrier special moves are now spread out across all the different player types in the NFL. Big backs have better trucks and stiff arms, while smaller backs have better jukes and spins, giving players more creative control. For new Madden players, special move prompts recommend actions that can breakdown your opponent and become a better Madden player. while improved Zone Coverage balances out the passing game. The game also includes an improved Special Teams system providing more options to players, including the ability to "ice" the kicker.
Tackle Battles are a new in-game mechanic that allows players to break free for extra yardage by completing prompts.
A new defensive AI to date delivers authentic “gap play” across the field. Grounded in current NFL strategies, all-new “gap play” puts defenders in a position to stop the run from a variety of angles.
Franchise Mode has added features including practice squad, full-player editing, and in-game ticker to stay updated with other teams across your league. A new Game Planning system allows the player to pick the right drills to prepare for specific teams. A new Moments feature allows players to jump to game-defining players, drives, and situations for easing sharing.