Madden 21 Gets Some Much-Needed Franchise Improvements This Week

Madden 21 gets the first of its three Franchise mode updates on November 12. It adds better career stat tracking, a playoff bracket, and more.

November 10, 2020

Madden 21 launched to less than favorable scores earlier this year. If you were being charitable, you’d call it a rehashing of old gameplay with a new coat of paint. However, that’s putting it way too nice for one of the worst Maddens in the modern era. One of the community’s bigger problems was the complete lack of any meaningful updates to Franchise mode. Today, EA Sports have given us a look at the first of three updates coming to the mode over the course of the game cycle. Of course, meaningful change won’t really come until next year’s version, but it’s nice to see them at least trying.

This first Madden 21 Franchise update has a few important fixes to talk about. They’ve tweaked Dev Trait regression, which should make player’s ratings feel much more authentic. Players will also be treated to a new playoff bracket screen after Week 13 in the regular season. This should help make the Wild Card picture much more clear.

The one change I’m personally most excited by is the update to the player stats screen. Previously, that thing was almost as useless for seeing a player’s career as the FIFA games. Now, you’ll be able to easily see where a player’s career took them on their path to superstardom. It might seem small, but that immersion is important.

Players will also be able to customize X-Factors within Core Franchise mode. Finally, the team has made it easier to see which players are retiring from year to year. EA has also given us a tease for the next update coming January. It looks like you can expect plenty of new tools for your league’s Commissioner.

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Madden 21 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The next-gen optimization update hits those consoles on December 4.

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