Madden NFL 19 Buy Madden 19 Download Madden Mobile

Latest Update Delivers Change to Hit Stick in Madden NFL 19

The Hit Stick has become engrained in Madden culture, growing from an innovative, game-changing feature when it was introduced, to a necessary stick skill for H2H wins.

The latest title update for Madden NFL 19 includes some tweaks to the Hit Stick feature that Madden gamers will notice. The player ratings used to determine Hit Stick results have been changed. The formula now uses only the defender’s Hit Power rating (POW) vs. the ball carrier’s Break Tackle rating (BTK) to determine the outcome of the Hit Stick, while Strength (STR) has been removed from the formula.

“We wanted to get this in for launch,” said Game Designer Clint Oldenburg, “but due to the size of the change that we made, we had to spend ample time to test it to verify its quality before we released it.”

The idea behind the change is balance. All players in Madden are on the same Strength scale, so typically, linemen are in the 90s in Strength while other positions are much lower. By default, it happened that all defensive lineman would be fairly successful at Hit Sticks, even though their real-life counterparts might not be known to be skilled in that regard. On that same note, a defensive back that is a big hitter would need their Strength bumped up, which could become unbalanced in other situations, like blocking.

Not only does this balance Strength, but this also makes it simpler for the gamer to see who can really deliver the boom on their roster. As a result, Madden gamers are going to see more broken Hit Stick tackles thanks to this new formula.

“The ratings of the players truly matter now more than before. You can't just Hit Stick with a cornerback and expect to knock the guy down every single time. You have to be more strategic in the players that you use, and you have to be aware of who you have on your team.”

“I think it's going to simplify it for our players to just know it's Hit Power vs. Break Tackle,” Clint said, “You can just look at the ratings of those two players and you'll be able to see why you're seeing the outcomes that you're getting.”

-Daniel Williams (Follow Dan on Twitter @thatDanW)


Madden NFL 19 is available now.  Stay in the conversation by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and EA Forums. Sign up for the Newsletter today to receive updates on Madden, and other EA news, products, and events, all season long.

Related News

Madden Ultimate Team – Legends: Week 14

Madden NFL 19, Madden
Dec 15, 2018
A pair of NFL all-time greats drop in Ultimate Team this week with Legends.

Madden NFL 19 – Player Ratings Update: Week 14

Madden NFL 19, Madden
Dec 14, 2018
Big shakeups abound in the Madden ratings as the NFL playoff race heats up.

Madden NFL 19 Classic: Most Satisfying Moments

Madden NFL 19, Madden
Dec 13, 2018
Check out the “Most Satisfying Moments” of the Madden Classic, including tournament highlights and an unexpected upset.
Madden 19 Compete Ultimate Team Ratings News Mobile Get Madden facebook twitter instagram youtube Browse Games Latest News Help Center EA Forums About Us Careers United States Deutschland Legal Online Service Updates User Agreement Privacy & Cookie Policy (Your Privacy Rights)