Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

Madden 21 announces franchise mode features and they're a big letdown: 'The EA joke continues'


Madden 21Madden 21 - EA Sports faced heavy criticism with its "Madden NFL 21" trailer. The YouTube video currently stands at 16,000 likes compared to 41,000 dislikes. If you read through the comments, most people were asking for an improved version of franchise mode.

Well on Tuesday, EA Sports released its Gridirion Notes for franchise mode in Madden 21 and it's ... not good.

To be fair, the improvements to Face of the Franchise look really fun. EA Sports made it so you start your career in high school, play in college, have the option to change positions, go through the combine and pick your NFL storyline. All of this is great, and I'll look forward to Face of the Franchise when the game comes out.

But the franchise mode features, if you can even call them that, are basically just patch updates.

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The first two items on Madden 21's reveal of franchise features are that the new X-Factors will be included, and the playoffs are updated to feature the real-life expanded wild-card playoff round. Other updates include improvements on rookie contracts, abilities, dev traits, depth charts and playbook schemes for fictional coaches.

All of these are extremely minor improvements. In fact, it seems like the majority of these could have been updated in Madden 20 with a simple patch fix.

Franchise mode used to be a staple in the Madden video game series. You can spend countless hours building your team into a dynasty. It was the main reason some people wanted to buy the game at all. But as Madden Ultimate Team became more popular, the features for franchise mode started to disappear gradually each year until fans got a bare bones version.

What we're getting in Madden 21 appears to be the worst version yet. And fans took notice following Madden's announcement.


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