Whether or not you think Madden NFL 21’s gameplay stagnates, there’s simply no denying that this year’s game lacks polish. Since reviewing the release, the title has barely crashed once or twice, and is stuck in the infinite loading screen. It’s really buggy, and some fans just have enough, causing the hashtag #NFLDropEA to trend on Twitter.
EA Sports seems to understand that this year’s game is not good enough. Earlier in the year it issued a statement outlining its plans for the future of the franchise mode, which has come under severe criticism. It has now released early patch notes for the next major update to the game, which is to coincide with the start of the new football season.
There are a ton of bug fixes between the improvements, so hopefully the title will be a lot more stable once the patch drops. There are also a bunch of gameplay tweaks, such as a change in the way the QB container mechanics work against play-action passes, and a change in logic for the throw out of sack system that prevents the quarterback from bouncing the ball when it is dealt. Goes on his throwing hand.
The Madden Ultimate team will also get faster menus, while the yard will be adding leaderboards. EA Sports says it will outline three franchise mode updates at the beginning of the NFL season, and it will also provide a general timeline for when they will be available. There will be no real changes to the mode in this upcoming patch.
The publisher is being made particularly clear right now, suggesting that it is definitely feeling the heat. The game is the worst-reviewed Madden of the generation, and while there are things to like about the package, such as its new Yard mode, the company is better off before its release if it wants to win fans over for the better. He should be returned. The next gen-version a little later in the year.