The upcoming annual installment of Madden NFL stirred up some unrest over its slim Franchise mode updates. Electronic Arts responded and said it would bolster plans to support Franchise, and today we're getting a glimpse at what that looks like.
Madden NFL 20's Franchise mode had fallen far short of the mark for what devotees expected. With Madden NFL 21 looming on the horizon, fans were excited and then ultimately disappointed by a slim list of updates, more akin to patch notes, which evolved into a grassroots social media campaign asking for more.
Last month, Madden NFL 21 executive producer Seann Graddy addressed the campaign, saying he'd seen the request for details. "I can you tell you that, today, our team is actively working on bolstering plans to support Franchise in Madden 21 and beyond."
Those plans are detailed in a new Madden blog posted today, detailing Franchise updates coming not just to Madden 21, but even further out to Madden 22. In it, the Madden team reasserts that Madden is an ever-evolving game that will receive a number of updates over time. "Our current plan is to deliver the Madden 21 updates in two or three title updates over the course of the coming months," the blog says.
While the team isn't committing to a specific timeline for the upcoming Franchise changes, they are identifying what areas are being targeted for future updates, based on community feedback. This includes Commissioner Tools like undoing transactions, approving trades, and resetting a game in case of disconnect; improved Careers Stats UI, an authentic playoff bracket, and the ability to "customize X-Factor and Abilities on all players."
Even though Madden NFL 21 isn't even out yet, EA is also outlining some of the areas they're focusing on for Madden NFL 22 as well. The blog states the team is exploring coaching and staff management, scouting improvements, a new team chemistry system, and more content. Madden NFL 22 is still "very early," according to EA.
Hopefully these are some of the changes Madden players want to see. As someone who played in a Franchise league last year, the reset-after-disconnect part sounds fantastic.
Madden NFL 21 is a live service game though, meaning it will evolve over time as more updates arrive over the course of the season. EA has already confirmed that a post-launch update will make Washington a "generic" team to line up with the franchise's decision to drop its former mascot and nickname. It sounds like several parts of Madden NFL 21 will continue to evolve, long after it launches on Aug. 28.