Madden 21 details improvements to Franchise mode coming in next update

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Madden Nfl 21 (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

What you need to know

  • Electronic Arts has detailed some of the changes coming to Madden NFL 21's Franchise Mode.
  • Changes include a revamped stats UI, playoff brackets, and more.
  • EA hopes to have the update out by mid-November.

After promising to fix some of the issues regarding its longstanding Franchise Mode, Electronic Arts has recently detailed some of the changes that will be coming to Madden NFL 21's Franchise mode in a future update.

In a brand new blog post detailing some of the changes, EA has announced that after some time carefully planning and implementing the changes, they have come up with some changes to the mode. This includes a re-tooled way of handling the game's X-Factor and Superstar abilities, allowing commissioners to assign X-Factors to any player, a revamped stats UI, and much more.

Electronic Arts says that it's currently targeting a mid-November release for the patch, which will be the first of three post-launch franchise updates. According to them, users also won't have to restart a franchise to have access to the additions made in the updates, meaning that you can freely play through franchise mode now and not worry about losing any progress. In our review of Madden NFL 21, some of the biggest issues holding the game back was its many bugs and glitches and lack of franchise mode additions, so it's nice to see EA attempting to fix things at a fairly rapid pace.

For a more detailed look at what's coming in the new update to Franchise Mode when it drops later this year, check out below:

  • X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization: This highly requested feature by the community allows commissioners to assign X-Factors to any player via the edit player feature. Once a player has met the criteria to unlock an X-Factor ability, commissioners will be able to edit their player's Superstar abilities and Superstar X-Factor ability by selecting from those available within his position group. Users will have control over this functionality in both offline and online Franchises.
  • Player Card Career Stats UI: A top community request for several years now, the team is revamping the statistics on the player card to include more context in season stats, like week, opponent, and outcome, while also providing what team the player was on for every year of their career.
  • Dev Trait Regression Tuning: The team is doing tuning work to player development traits in Franchise mode to ensure a proper balance of Superstar and X-Factor players when progressing multiple years in a Franchise.
  • Playoff Bracket: A visual playoff bracket will be added into the game that reflects the new Wild Card format, allowing users to see the full playoff picture.

Madden NFL 21 is currently available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Anthony J Nash

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