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Gridiron Notes: Madden NFL 21 Title Update - December.

3704 posts Game Changer
edited January 6

To ensure Madden is the best game possible, scheduled updates are deployed by the Madden Development Team to add features to the game after launch and to tune gameplay based on community feedback.

Our launch updates focus on many of the issues that Madden players report to us. We thank you for your feedback - you've helped us improve Madden NFL 21. We look forward to further feedback and are committed to continuing to meet your expectations.

Here is a detailed breakdown of what’s included in today's title update:

Key Highlights:

Gameplay tuning and bug fixing
4 new Superstar Abilities
3 new X-Factor Players
12 new Superstar Players
Avatar Customization UI improvements

Gameplay Updates:

Fixed an issue causing the ball velocity to not always reach the desired speed on some specific QB passing animations.

Tuning to improve deep zone defenders reaction to crossing routes from a single-receiver side for highly rated defenders.

Tuning to slow down cut-reaction time for linebackers in man-coverage facing away from the QB

Fixed a run-block targeting issue with the Gun Wing Flex Wk Inside Zone play

Fixed a rare issue causing QB’s to appear to use an under-pressure pass while not actually being under pressure.

New Superstar Abilities and Superstar X-Factor update, based on NFL Player’ performance up to this point in the 2020 NFL Season.

Fixed an issue causing defenders in man coverage vs. a ‘block-and-release’ RB to sometimes instantly switch their assignments to blitz when seeing the RB start to block, resulting in the RB being left uncovered once he would run his route thereafter.

Newly Added Superstar Abilities:

Film Study - Defenders with this ability will have full vision of plays the offense has run 5 times each quarter; via coach cam.

DEV NOTE: Based on the feedback received from the Madden 21 beta, we re-worked this ability to provide more balance across our multiple game modes. One of those adjustments is based on players telling us it was too easy for the ability to activate, making it too powerful.

In response, the ability will now require a variable number of repeated offensive play calls before activating. This number will scale up or down based on the current quarter as well as the game's quarter length settings, with the required amount always being displayed via X-Factor Vision in pre-play.

Additionally, defender knowledge of these repeated plays will be wiped out when a quarter ends, giving the offense a bit more leeway with how they run their play-calling.

Backlash - Ball carriers with this ability will cause increased fatigue penalties against their tackler when tackled via a non-conservative tackle.

Recuperation - Players with this ability will recover from the effects of fatigue at an increased rate between plays.

Honorary Lineman - Non-offensive linemen with this ability will frequently win Impact Blocks when blocking defensive backs in the open field.

New X-Factor Players:

Alvin Kamara, Saints:
Satellite X-Factor
Juke Box

Lavonte David, Buccaneers:
Run Stuffer X-Factor

DeForest Buckner, Colts:
Unstoppable Force X-Factor
Inside Stuff

New Superstar Players:

DK Metcalf, Seahawks:
Deep Out Elite
Red Zone Threat

Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team:
Deep In Elite
Outside Apprentice

Aaron Jones, Packers:
Backfield Mismatch

Calvin Ridley, Falcons:
Mid Out Elite
Outside Apprentice

Darren Waller, Raiders:
TE Apprentice
Short Out Elite

Jamison Crowder, Jets:
Mid In Elite

Brian Burns, Panthers:
Strip Specialist

Myles Jack, Jaguars:

Jessie Bates III, Bengals:
Deep In Zone KO

Ali Marpet, Buccaneers:
Post Up
Secure Protector

Jonathan Allen, Washington Football Team:
Inside Stuff
Run Stopper

Josh Allen, Bills:
Escape Artist

One Off Addition:

Derrick Henry, Titans
Backlash (NEW ABILITY)

Superstar Downgrades:

The following players have been downgraded from X-Factors to Superstars:

Drew Brees, Saints - Pro Reads Ability removed

Calais Campbell, Ravens - Unstoppable Force and Edge Threat Abilities removed.

The following players are no longer Superstars, losing all abilities.

Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys

Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers

Zach Ertz, Eagles

TY Hilton, Colts

Justin Simmons, Broncos

Matt Ryan, Falcons

Julian Edelman, Patriots

Carson Wentz, Eagles

Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Football Team

Courtland Sutton, Broncos

The Yard Updates:
Stability enhancements

Superstar KO Updates:
Stability enhancements

User Experience (UX) Updates:

Users can now link directly from Avatar customization screens directly to the vanity story by clicking on the Store Advertisement or by Hitting Y/Triangle while viewing individual items.

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  • So you guy don't know who the #1 DB in the league is smh your data is far off smh

  • Scicchitano32
    81 posts Member
    edited December 2020
    Do you guys have any idea when you’re going to fix the saving rosters and franchises issue?

    I haven’t been able to play a new franchise because of it, and it looks like I’m not the only one.

    What’s going on?
    Post edited by Scicchitano32 on
  • How many times do I have to be told my rosters and live content are up to date before I can finally use the new updated rosters in franchise? Would love to be able to use them in something other than exhibition..
  • When are there going to be more players added in KO? It’s getting stale. When does szn 3 release?
  • when will you update the weekly matchups in the exhibition game mode?
  • guys - not being able to switch sides mid game to play both offenses against computer defense in franchise mode is such a simple fix. I understand not allowing it in online franchise obviously, but for offline franchise? are you kidding me? such a simple fix.

    make it happen guys!
  • A simple update (piggybacking off the new update where you can change an X factor or superstar’s abilities) I would like to see would be:

    In franchise mode when you get a player to 99, let’s say a deep threat WR. As you continue to progress him and he gets to a 99 via Route running, slot, or physical; that archetype will take over for scheme purposes. If you have a scheme where your WRs are deep threats, then he will no longer get the training boost in training for matching the teams scheme.

    I would like to see an update where you can change the players Archetype once he reaches 99 in an at least 2 categories. Thanks Madden!
  • I'd love to be able to play but its no longer my choice I've been permanently banned never once cheated 😔 EA needs to be sued for this thousands of players have been permanently banned for doing literally nothing I ask for help and all I got is the same answer and link I've waited 11 days I highly doubt they plan on unbaning the innocent players that have done nothing wrong they won't even give refunds knowing there in the wrong there's nothing left too do besides uninstall the game that I paid 60$ for.....
  • Anyone know why the Rams have two playbooks. In some games, they have extensive traps, double moves, etc... In other games, the playbook is completely different with only one Trap play, the double move chair route is removed, etc... How can I make sure I get the playbook with more Trap plays, etc...
  • Where is the kickoff? College rules in Overtime? I can't wait for someone else to make a good football simulator instead of a animation. #DropEA
  • EA_Blueberry
    4740 posts EA Community Manager
    Where is the kickoff? College rules in Overtime? I can't wait for someone else to make a good football simulator instead of a animation. #DropEA

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