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EA_Blueberry
3023 posts EA Community Manager
Hey Franchise Fans,

It’s been a few weeks since the last blog and we want to share our timing and plans for the first of three planned franchise mode updates for Madden NFL 21.

As we mentioned in our last update, this work requires a lot of planning and careful implementation. However, before we get into the specifics of the update, we want to let you know that our goal is to ensure all planned updates made to franchise mode this year will not require you to restart a franchise to have access to additions made to the mode.

We have been listening to your feedback and are targeting mid-November for the first of the three planned post launch franchise updates, which will address community requests including:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


As always, thank you for your passion and feedback for Madden NFL. As we’re working through implementation on these things, things on this list might change. And, we look forward to sharing a firm day with you for the title update once we have it.

Make sure to tune into Good Morning Madden every weekday morning on Twitch where we talk through your feedback and provide insight into the development process.

Thanks,

Madden NFL Team

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  • I hope not to wait until November to resolve the reward issues which are still marked 2019 instead of 2020 in franchise mode ????
  • Hey Franchise Fans,

    It’s been a few weeks since the last blog and we want to share our timing and plans for the first of three planned franchise mode updates for Madden NFL 21.

    As we mentioned in our last update, this work requires a lot of planning and careful implementation. However, before we get into the specifics of the update, we want to let you know that our goal is to ensure all planned updates made to franchise mode this year will not require you to restart a franchise to have access to additions made to the mode.

    We have been listening to your feedback and are targeting mid-November for the first of the three planned post launch franchise updates, which will address community requests including:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.


    As always, thank you for your passion and feedback for Madden NFL. As we’re working through implementation on these things, things on this list might change. And, we look forward to sharing a firm day with you for the title update once we have it.

    Make sure to tune into Good Morning Madden every weekday morning on Twitch where we talk through your feedback and provide insight into the development process.

    Thanks,

    Madden NFL Team

    Can you at least fix back the ability to edit custom draft players names and not lose the audio ? That should be a quick fix you can do in an upcoming title. You did in 19 when you first launched custom draft classes
  • Could we get an ETA on each feature?
  • A1_Burman_ wrote: »
    Could we get an ETA on each feature?

    Those 4 features up there are targeted for mid November
  • A1_Burman_
    15 posts Member
    edited September 6
    Lbc2134sho wrote: »
    [Removed - CM] !!!

    EDIT: This post was apparently deleted so I’ll just delete my response because it’s irrelevant.
    Post edited by A1_Burman_ on
  • [quote="EA_Blueberry;d-262602"]Hey Franchise Fans,

    It’s been a few weeks since the last blog and we want to share our timing and plans for the first of three planned franchise mode updates for Madden NFL 21.

    As we mentioned in our last update, this work requires a lot of planning and careful implementation. However, before we get into the specifics of the update, we want to let you know that our goal is to ensure all planned updates made to franchise mode this year will not require you to restart a franchise to have access to additions made to the mode.

    We have been listening to your feedback and are targeting mid-November for the first of the three planned post launch franchise updates, which will address community requests including:

    [list=1]
    [*] [b]X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization: [/b]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.

    [*] [b]Player Card Career Stats UI: [/b]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.

    [*] [b]Dev Trait Regression Tuning: [/b]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.

    [*] [b]Playoff Bracket:[/b] 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. [/list]


    As always, thank you for your passion and feedback for Madden NFL. As we’re working through implementation on these things, things on this list might change. And, we look forward to sharing a firm day with you for the title update once we have it.

    Make sure to tune into [url="https://forums.ea.com/en/madden-nfl/discussion/262255/good-morning-madden-on-twitch-mon-fri-10-30am-et-tune-in-for-drops#latest"]Good Morning Madden[/url] every weekday morning on Twitch where we talk through your feedback and provide insight into the development process.

    Thanks,

    Madden NFL Team[/quote]

    Are you going to fix the issue with online/offline franchise mode? It will not let us arrange our formation subs! It freezes up!. How many weeks will we have to wait for it to be addressed?!
  • Thanks for the update.
    The power of commish to resume a game when will be featured?
  • Hey, question regarding X factor customization: Will we be able to edit the X factors in the roster customization outside of Franchise mode or will this be Franchise mode specific? I personally dislike a few X factors because they’re super unrealistic and/or don’t help the CPU. I’d rather not have to go into all of my Franchises and remove them. I’d rather just change the roster outside of Franchise and then create my new Franchises with these custom X factors.
  • rudubbz
    2 posts Member
    edited September 8
    Hello Madden Developers,

    Please fix Madden Franchise mode player editing. The transaction screen should show details of what was edited to protect the integrity of the game. This is a crucial issue for franchise mode because many leave multiple leagues every year because of it. Please fix this with the next update.

    Another feature that would be totally awesome is if other league members could watch league games from some form of a NFL camera view even if there’s a delay. This would enhance Franchise play. This sounds like a Madden 22 thing but would really heighten interest back in Franchise mode! Almost like the rest of the league is watching NFL Sunday. This is important because many franchise players don’t like sharing their screen and showing their playbook and audibles to other opponents.

    Thanks so much for your time!
    Post edited by rudubbz on
  • sslinkzss
    47 posts Member
    edited September 8
    Man November seems like such a long time for those "upgrades".... was hoping for extra stuff besides you guys messing with sliders and allowing us to customize xfactor players that not for nothing should have been in the game since abilities where introduced last year. On top of that the game still freezes when you put the sim on slow to watch the CPU play with your team, when you go to formation substitution it bugs out 100 percent of the time where its unusable, the menue has a delay that 20 didn't have when you enter the edit the menu for a player. You guys didn't touch the mode yet we got a super buggy Frenchies experience lol I don't get it... Fix trade and draft logic sad its been the same stuff for how many years now? Allow us to place players were ever we want like QB at WR for a decoy play or WR at RB like back in the day game is suppose to be realistic and you have players that can come in and be out wide and line up in the back field, hell you got CBs coming in at receiver or vise versa ala Troy brown when he played in NE of when Bill B put Randy Moss at Safety on hail marries so let us do that on the in game depth charts man again it was there before like many things you guys took out i don't get that move. upgrade the draft the scouting and the whole 9 dude thing is so stale is not even funny, Went from a group of 24 guys getting this game to only 2 ppl and only reason I got it because my girl gifted it to me if not it would have been 0 because my boy only got it because he saw I had it, sad. Upset I couldn't get a refund on the gift because on a serious note feels like ppl are getting robbed with this year's game. Hope ya put your best foot forward because I won't get bamboozled no more after this.
  • I would like to see the schedule for week 17 organized the way the NFL has done it for years. Only divisional opponents. After the first year in franchise, week 17 does not generate only divisional games. I can’t see this being a hard fix for something that has lasted for years and years of Madden releases.
  • What makes a great game? The gameplay. EA needs to fix the gameplay before adding in any more ****. We don’t need better graphics, new player attributes, x-factor traits, etc. at the expense of the basic gameplay. It doesn’t matter how nice the game looks if it is constantly glitching or your opponent is getting zoom tackle or catch animations that are unrealistic. The physics are atrocious and when you combine that with the animations it’s worse. In my opinion the game has gone away from John Madden’s vision of what it was suppose to be, a realistic football experience. It feels more like Blitz than old school Madden.
  • 😢 I turn off salary cap not meaning to on a league I help run I need it turn back on please it's a really good league the league name is Unde4d IC3MAN_7 please help
  • So I gotta wait till Mid November for an update? When are you guys gonna fix the man to man coverage and the defenders not leaving their assignments???
  • How about getting rid of the social justice messages. There is no place for a game that is an outlet for many of us to take sides during an election year. At least have an option to shut it off
  • All These **** updates and the game still crashes after every franchise game. SMH
  • I do not know if this is a bug in the game , but I have the Seahawks in my online franchise and i do not get breakout games. Another friend of mine have the Seahawks in his league as well and he does not get breakout games. Could this problem get looked at..?
  • EA_Blueberry
    3023 posts EA Community Manager
    All These **** updates and the game still crashes after every franchise game. SMH

    There will be stability improvements for franchise in tomorrow's Title update. Please keep me updated on whether you're still crashing.
  • They should add these to franchise mode:
    1. Complete schedule editing
    2. Divisional realignment options
    3. Conference realignment options
    4. Team Rebrand options, like colors or logos
    5. Better options when teams move
    6. Better coach options
    7. Assistant coaches
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