How EA Trax Returned, Plus Track Selection for ‘Madden NFL 16’

For over a decade, EA Games have long been known for their stellar soundtracks, from Paramore’s inclusion on the “NHL” series in 2008 to the rap and hip-hop classics from the “NBA Street” and “Def Jam” franchises and even OK Go’s solid work on “Burnout.”

But for the past three seasons, the music in the “Madden NFL” series was far from contemporary, using an orchestrated soundtrack, reminiscent of the television broadcasts of NFL games. With Trax now back for “Madden NFL 16,” long-time fans and music lovers can now look forward to a more modern musical approach.

According to EA Sports, they didn’t have much of a choice. They had to bring the feature back.

“The return of EA Trax was really inspired by the Madden community,” Rex Dickson, the creative director for “Madden NFL 16” said. “EA Trax kept showing up on most wanted lists in community forums, and we knew the time was right to give the fans what they wanted.”

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