Madden Ultimate Team, the series' card-collecting mode in which players gradually upgrade their team by earning card packs, will receive a few improvements this fall in Madden 25. The game will see a reintroduction of team chemistry to the mode, which will provide performance boosts for your team when the player styles of those on your depth chart match up, of which there are four for defensive and offensive players each.

Madden Ultimate Team will also include an online head-to-head seasons mode, which challenges players to compete in a 10-game season that culminates in an eight-team playoff. Competing players earn card packs and coins in the playoffs for head-to-head seasons, instantly making it an attractive option for Ultimate Team addicts. Madden 25 is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 on August 27.
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EA SPORTS REVEALS MADDEN NFL 25 PLAYBOOK 5: ULTIMATE TEAM

Enjoy New Ways to Play and Build Your Team with Head-to-Head Seasons, Team Chemistry, and More

July 1, 2013 – Today marks the launch of the most recent Madden NFL 25 Playbook, "Madden Ultimate Team." The perennially popular mode provides fans with fresh ways to not only build a legendary team of NFL stars, but also exciting new ways to put their squad to the test. The return of Chemistry revamps the way lineups are created, and the new Head-to-Head Seasons mode brings higher stakes with richer rewards. Last but not least, the radically improved Best Lineup feature allows you to quickly and easily sort through your entire roster and reserves to make sure you have the best possible team on the field. A blog providing full details on what's new in Madden Ultimate Team can be found here.

Team Chemistry adds a new wrinkle to Madden Ultimate Team, with on-field performance enhanced depending on how well teammates mesh. With four offensive and four defensive styles to choose from fans must determine their team identity and then fill their roster with players who not only look good on paper, but also fit into the scheme.

The new Head-to-Head Seasons mode provides an exciting twist on the traditional formula, pitting players against one another in a 10-game season with a playoff for those who qualify. Try to earn a first round bye, and then storm through the playoffs in order to win coins and reward packs. With 8 levels of competition there's always a new challenger waiting to test your skills.

This year also marks an overhaul to Best Lineup, where a simple tap of a button will sort through your entire collection and put together your highest-rated team on both offense and defense. Those with a large roster of both active and reserve players who don't want to spend a lot of time organizing can simply tap Best Lineup and immediately see their most formidable squad.

Madden Ultimate Team gives fans the opportunity to collect star players, set lineups, and complete collections to earn coins, special packs or elite players and items. In addition to buying packs in the online store, Ultimate Team enthusiasts can post and bid on items and players on the auction block. Throughout both the regular season and off season, Ultimate Team players will find special challenges and rewards for big games, holidays, special events and more.

This year Madden NFL 25 invites players to Run Free and utilize the precision modifier to access a library of 38 different ball carrier moves. Fans can learn more by checking out the Run Free trailer and visiting the Run Free feature page. For more Madden NFL 25 assets, please visit http://maddennfl25.newslinevine.com/.

Embraced by fans and honored by critics for 25 years, Madden NFL is known as the NFL's "33rd Franchise" due to its authentic gameplay, the development team's unparalleled access to NFL resources and its prominent place in NFL culture.

Madden NFL 25 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for $59.99. To learn more about Madden NFL 25, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl. Fans are also invited to become a Madden Insider for exclusive information on Facebook including the latest news, original content and more for Madden NFL 25, and keep up with franchise news on the Madden NFL 25 Bleacher Report hub.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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