Madden 21 Lays Out the Heavily Requested Franchise Mode Updates Due in November

Madden 21 Lays Out the Heavily Requested Franchise Mode Updates Due in November

Visual playoff brackets and more are on the way.

With a season opening-timed title update still to come later this month, EA Tiburon is wasting no time in trying to let Madden NFL 21 players know that further improvements are on the way. The latest edition of the football sim hasn't fared that well in reviews nor with its gigantic playerbase, but there's hope that the ship can be righted with updates. Now, Tiburon's hoping to ship some much-requested Franchise mode fixes come November.

In a new blog post released today, the Madden team outlines four major changes and additions its planning for an update that's "targeting mid-November" for releases. A few of these tweaks were already mentioned when Tiburon released a Franchise Mode roadmap last month, but now we've got more specifics along with the new ETA.

Playoffs will be easier to parse when the update adds a new visual playoff bracket "that reflects the new Wild Card format," and on top of that it should become easier to see how players are doing. Noting that it's been a top request amongst Madden players "for several years now," Madden NFL 21 will introduce revamped statistics on the UI for Player Card Career Stats. These will add more context for seasons and list which team a player was on for all years of their career.

Additionally, the mid-November update aims to enable X-Factor and Superstar Ability customization for any player. This will be accompanied by some regression tuning on development traits in order to "ensure a proper balance of Superstar and X-Factor players when progressing multiple years in a Franchise."

The Madden team warns that some of these details might change, but whether all these adjustments ship come November or shift around on the roadmap, the goal is to ensure that no changes require players to restart franchises they already have underway.

For more on Madden NFL 21, read Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey's review and recent interview with Executive Producer Seann Graddy about the state of NFL 21, how the pandemic's impacts on football will influence Madden, and what the series has in mind for next-gen consoles.

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