'Madden 17' Shakes Up the Broadcast Booth as Nantz, Simms are Removed

'Madden 17' is making the change we've wanted to see for many years.

After announcing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his monster spike would grace the cover of Madden 17, EA Sports has been making weekly announcements regarding some of the changes coming to the game.

On Wednesday, gamers learned the CBS crew of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were no longer the voices of the Madden video game franchise. The duo have been part of the video game since the 2013 edition.

Instead, EA Sports has chosen Fox Sports color analyst and former NFL player Charles Davis and former Georgia Tech play-by-play man Brandon Gaudin to be their replacements.

The game will also implement weekly updates of Gaudin and Davis recapping a player's game from the week before, thus eliminating the endless repeats that drove users crazy. EA Sports explained this new feature as well on Wednesday, along with the release of the game's new voices.

"This means that if a player or team has a monster week, you will hear about it shortly after in the game. Brandon and Charles will be in studio with us throughout the course of the season, recording the latest content to help bridge the gap between what you see on Sunday, and what you hear when you boot up your game."

Listen to a preview of Gaudin and Davis making the call on Madden 17 above.

A change in the booth was a much-needed one for the franchise. Nantz and Simm's poor attempt of inserting humor, and the often repeated dialogue, forced many users to mute their voices, taking away a big feature of the game.

John Madden was the original commentator to the game that bears his name. Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels have also made voiced the action.

This year's launch of the games 28th installment and will be released August 23.


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