EA has been working behind the scenes to respond to the #FixMaddenFranchise hashtag that trended a little over a month ago.
They have communicated with the community since the hashtag trended No. 1, and now they have released their first detailed breakdown for the first of three updates to Madden 21’s franchise mode.
In the note, EA states, their goal is for franchise users to be able to download and implement these changes without restarting their franchises.
Here is a look at the specifics for the update:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
EA is targeting mid-November for the first update, which will undoubtedly make some fans uncomfortable. It’s a long time, and the actual NFL season will be coming down the backstretch.
However, I do understand major development like this takes time, especially if it is to be done properly. Should these things have already been in the game? Absolutely, and are the fact that they’re not coming until November somehow related to the next-gen launch? Perhaps, but if the updates are up to snuff, for this one and the two that will follow, it will likely leave franchise gamers happy with the finished product.