Madden NFL 21 started in August on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, and was so underwhelming on this generation of hardware as to make the lowest review scores in history. On the PlayStation 5 along with Xbox collection X, however, stronger visuals and much more authentic player motion and gameplay (especially from the game) gave the game a modest lift. It was still bought and played in record-breaking numbers.
But longtime fans still resented the lack of attention to Franchise mode, whose most recent significant update arrived in 2016. Tweeting beneath the hashtag #FixFranchise after Madden NFL 21's start caught the interest of EA Tiburon developers, who promised the 3 rounds of Franchise upgrades surfaced in Thursday's patch.
EA is set to release a brand new update for Madden NFL 21 which will address another longstanding issue with Franchise mode, making player transactions easier to understand and more realistic. Since its launch last year, the latest variant in the NFL sim has been met with a mixed reception from critics and fans.