Create your own online board in Madden 12

by: Sean Cahill -
More On: Madden NFL 12
EA Sports has been pretty busy in the last week, and with the latest announcement regarding Madden 12, you can tell that they are being productive.  The latest piece of information to come out regarding the NFL endorsed title regards to online communities.  There was early speculation as to what this exactly meant, but once some screenshots were released, it seems to be a fully customizable interaction center, complete with the ability to hold your own rankings.  Gamers who want to have specific sets of rules for their online play can create these and then invite anyone they wish to participate.  So whether you are keeping it in the family for your competition or inviting your work buddies in for some competition, it seems that this feature caters to most everyone.
Today, Madden NFL 12 announced its latest feature reveal, Online Communities, which provides an all-new way for Madden NFL gamers to meet and play. Users can create and join Communities of up to 2,000 like-minded players, competing on their own leaderboards based on customized game styles with more than 50 variables including: game length, gameplay sliders, game speed, penalties and more. Gamers will also be able to play head-to-head games within their community or team up with fellow members to play ranked Team Play against other communities. Users can join up to fivecommunities at once to meet varying play styles.
Online Communities is the last feature reveal before Madden NFL 12 ships on August 30. For comprehensive information, including blogs from the developers detailing this latest feature, videos and screens, please visit the Online Communities Playbook on the Madden NFL website.
With Madden NFL 12 Online Communities, you will be able to create or join a community with up to 2,000 other like-minded gamers and play head-to-head games against each other with your own rules and even your own leaderboards. 
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Here are a few highlights of Online Communities:
Online Communities is a response to massive fan feedback requesting the ability to play online without having to worry about cheaters, quitters or gamers that don’t play by the same rules
Each Online Community can have anywhere between 2 and 2,000 members
§  Each gamer can be a part of up to five different Online Communities
§  When creating a Community, you have the option to leave it open to the public and send invite messages to anyone you like or you can set a Community password that must be entered when other users try to join
The Community creator will set the “house rules”
§  Every game option and slider in Madden NFL 12 will be editable and can be applied to all head-to-head game within the Community
§  The Community creator can give members “Manager Permissions” that allow them to promote other members to Manager, kick out members, and change Community options and sliders
All Online Community games will be ranked on a Community Leaderboard
§  Individual stats will be tracked and ranked
§  Recent game results will be displayed for the entire community to see
Online Communities works with Online Team Play (OTP)
§  You will be able to team up with members of your Community to play 3 vs. 3 games against other Communities
§  Each Community will have its own private lobby room where you can chat with your fellow members and gather teammates to take on other Communities.
§  From the lobby, you can view a box score and participants of games in progress
§  Every Community will be ranked against the rest of the world on the Community Team Play Leaderboard
§  Squads are back, boosts are gone, and all of your stats for all six squads will be recorded and ranked in the Squad Stats Leaderboard
§  Your individual Team Play squad stats in one Community will carry over into all your other Communities
§  Grieving rules will be in place – individuals who cause excessive delay of game or encroachment penalties will get kicked out of the game
§  The classic Madden NFL camera is back on both sides of the ball
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