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Gridiron Notes: Madden NFL 21 Franchise Update Deep Dive.

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NatureBoy2323
3412 posts Game Changer
edited January 27
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Hey Franchise fans!

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the second set of updates for Franchise mode in Madden NFL 21! As we said in our previous post-launch update, a priority for our team is that these features work both in new and existing Franchises. We’re also excited to say that these features will be on all platforms including Xbox Series X|S and PS5.

CPU QB Draft Logic Improvements

When teams draft a first-round quarterback in real life, it’s a sign of commitment from a team to a player saying, “we think you can be, or now are, the face of our organization.”

As a part of our next update, we have added new logic checks that CPU teams will use to guide whether they should even be interested in drafting a QB when they’re on the clock in Round 1. Now, teams will evaluate their roster and previous draft picks of the last two years to keep teams from replacing players too soon.

DEV NOTE: This feature came directly from community feedback around situations where rookie QBs ultimately got replaced after their first season due to their OVR being lower than an incoming prospect.

Embracing the authenticity of teambuilding and player development, teams now consider their incumbent starters as a piece of their future to give runway for those players to reach their full potential. Now, teams will consider previous investments to influence their future selections.

When a CPU team is on the clock, they will now deprioritize drafting a first round QB if:

Their current starting QB was a 1st round pick in the last two Drafts
Their current starting QB was a 2nd/3rd round pick in the last two Drafts
And has a Normal Dev and 72+ OVR
And has Star or higher Dev trait
Their current starting QB is a 94+ OVR
Their current starting QB is 87+ OVR and 32+ years old
Their current starting QB is 74+ OVR and < 29 years old
Their current backup QB is a Star or higher Dev Trait and < 28 years old
Lastly, if a team’s current starting QB is over 35, the team will consider drafting a replacement.

As always, whether the team does draft a QB is dependent on many factors, and like real life, there can still be times where a team decides a player is just too good to pass up depending on the situation. The Draft is full of surprises!

Commissioner Controls: Undo FA Signings - Offseason Only

Commissioners are able to undo FA signings in the offseason directly through the transaction log. Simply click on a signing and revert it to send the player back into the free agent pool.


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Commissioner Controls: Team Override Settings

Giving commissioners of leagues the ability to turn on/off or allow users to keep individual settings for Heat Seeker tackling, Ball Hawk, and Switch assist – one of our top requested commissioner requests, this creates a way to level the playing field regarding assist features.

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Commissioner Draft Tools

Commissioners will now be able to assign autopilot during the draft, along with pause/resume functionality. This way advancing to the next user pick will skip any player who is on autopilot.

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Commissioner House Rules: Play Cool-Down and Repeat Play Limits

After these settings made their debut last year in MUT/KO, House Rules became one of the most requested features for franchise players and we are incredibly excited to bring them to you.

Take control as a Commissioner and dictate how many times a play can be called in a game, and how long a player must wait before calling the same play again.

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Commissioner Setting - X-Factor Customization Restrictions

Commissioners will be able to determine who is able to edit abilities on players through the X-Factor Customization tools we enabled in our previous continuous development release. The settings are Commissioner only, Any User, or None, responding directly to multi-user league feedback.

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We also wanted to share with you our final updates coming to Franchise mode targeted to arrive in early March!

Trade Logic Improvements

We are focused on delivering improvements to player and draft pick evaluations to create more rewarding and authentic trades for Madden 21 that we will continue to build and improve upon in the future.

DEV NOTE: To move forward on improved trade logic, it was important to acknowledge there wasn’t a magic quick fix. As a team, we’ve reevaluated everything about our previous trade logic with the goal of improving realism and fun of interacting with the trade system using a few key goals:

Establishing new baseline scales around player and draft pick values by reconsidering every factor and modifier that is currently used in trades, resolving top community exploits around AI trades (like elite offensive linemen for late round picks), and looking for opportunities to improve or add new AI considerations when evaluating offers from teams. We’re excited to discuss more about how we are bringing all of those things to Madden 21 in the next Deep Dive!

Franchise League History

We are adding a new tile where you can see the Super Bowl and key award winners from each year of your franchise. This will include how many times a team has won the Super Bowl in the franchise, along with MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP.

DEV NOTE: For Madden 21, this will track every season in your franchise from the season this is added and forward. Any history prior to the addition of this new feature will not be accessible as we previously did not save off Superbowl scores among other things upon the start of a new league year. Any new league will have every season played tracked, however.

https://www.ea.com/games/madden-nfl/madden-nfl-21/news/gridiron-notes-madden-nfl-21-franchise-updates-deep-dive-1-6


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  • Did you fix the ability to edit a custom draft players name without losing the audio in Franchise?
  • EA_Blueberry
    4139 posts EA Community Manager
    Strega8188 wrote: »
    Did you fix the ability to edit a custom draft players name without losing the audio in Franchise?

    Are you referring to when they no longer use their name for commentary or are you losing all of your sound for the game during franchise?
  • Strega8188 wrote: »
    Did you fix the ability to edit a custom draft players name without losing the audio in Franchise?

    Are you referring to when they no longer use their name for commentary or are you losing all of your sound for the game during franchise?

    They no longer say the players name. Even if it’s a name they would say. Once you edit example. I change a players name from Jones to Smith. You could do this in Madden 20. In madden 19 at launch you couldn’t but than they patched it in. Please have them fix it back it kills immersion.
  • Will defensive playcalls be affected by play cool down and limits?
  • 733529
    1 posts New member
    2 things. First, I had a safety that had over 890 downs played and never had a down counted towards the 500 needed to unlock his Dev trait. This happens way too often.

    Second, can we please get the Jalen Ramsey hanging mouthpiece option on our players? He and other players in the league have been doing this for years, while the pacifier mouthpiece was just made popular last year by Sir Metcalf and you’ve already added that to the game.
  • When will this update finish?
  • EA_Blueberry
    4139 posts EA Community Manager
    @Kingjeff300

    Update is live.
  • @Kingjeff300

    Update is live.

    not on European Servers. No Franchise at all at this moment
  • :| Can't update Madden 21 Next Gen in Germany...
  • Why isn’t it working in Canada?? I’ve tried to load up my franchise clouds but still ain’t working
  • When there going to be franchise in Canada? @EA_Blueberry
  • Update is not live for me at all @EA_Blueberry
  • now work, thank you
  • Zone coverage is now better, good work!!
  • sentiinex
    2 posts New member
    Online franchise for PC has been down for OVER 24 HOURS. There's been ZERO communication from you guys. How do we know you're even aware of this issue? THOUSANDS of people who bought your game can't play.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Madden/comments/ktv7lh/contacted_ea_about_the_pc_franchise_mode_issues/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Madden/comments/ktleih/cant_load_franchise_mode/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Madden/comments/ktae07/madden_franchise_not_working_on_pc/
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Madden/comments/kt7nmu/pc_anyone_else_just_get_booted_out_of_their/
    https://twitter.com/landonholp/status/1347656325875048448?s=20

    Please say something.
  • EA_Blueberry
    4139 posts EA Community Manager
    Hi, @sentiinex

    We'll be updating this post here: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Technical-Issues/PC-Madden-21-connected-franchise-unavailable/m-p/9939879#M8240

    The team is currently aware some PC users cannot login to their franchises and working on it. Thanks for hanging in there for us.
  • EA_Blueberry
    4139 posts EA Community Manager
    Spider1303 wrote: »
    Zone coverage is now better, good work!!

    Thanks!
  • Franchise League History, where is it? I updated the game before my Super Bowl in Season one and I don't see it.
  • EA_Blueberry
    4139 posts EA Community Manager
    @cdcool007

    Is this a franchise you created before the update? If so, it won't have it.

    Franchise League History
    We are adding a new tile where you can see the Super Bowl and key award winners from each year of your franchise. This will include how many times a team has won the Super Bowl in the franchise, along with MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP.


    DEV NOTE: For Madden 21, this will track every season in your franchise from the season this is added and forward. Any history prior to the addition of this new feature will not be accessible as we previously did not save off Superbowl scores among other things upon the start of a new league year. Any new league will have every season played tracked, however.
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