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Madden NFL 21

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Tiburon
Release Date: Aug. 28, 2020

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'Madden NFL 21' (ALL) Unveils The Yard Mode - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 5, 2020 @ 9:36 a.m. PDT

Go All Out in Madden NFL 21 with innovative gameplay mechanics that offer advanced levels of control and inspire creativity on both sides of the ball.

Feel all-out control with the new Skill Stick ball-carrier system, dominate the edge with fresh pass rush moves, experience more open-field realism with tackle improvements, and have more fun with user-controlled celebrations.

Madden NFL 21 will bring players closer to the field than ever before with an unrivaled football experience and innovative gameplay including improved ball-carrier mechanics for all out control in the running back and receiver positions and enhanced D-Line mechanics that make the pass rush positions more responsive, and fun to play. Plus, Realistic Open-Field Tackling will allow for clutch defensive stops, and new player-controlled celebrations after each game changing play combine to make the gridiron experience even more true to life. Outside of all the new control players will have in-game, some of the biggest changes will arrive in the overall authenticity and presentation with new on field camera shots and improved player awareness of their positioning and surroundings on the field. 

Also new to Madden NFL 21 is Face of the Franchise: Rise to Fame, a playable documentary career campaign where players create themselves and play through their rise to fame from high school as a quarterback, to college where they can choose to pivot to running back or wide receiver, before experiencing the NFL Combine, NFL Draft, and cementing their legacy in the League. In addition, fans can expect more than 50 new Superstar X-Factor abilities, Live Playbooks 2.0, and a brand-new season of Ultimate Team content, along with other new features.

Electronic Arts unveiled NFL MVP and Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson on the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 21 across all editions withfranchise-first artwork that reflects Jackson’s unique NFL journey.

Madden NFL 21's The Yard is a fun, dynamic mode for players to experience backyard football with fast-paced, small-sided gameplay. In this exciting new feature, players will be able to create a custom, one-of-a-kind avatar to outfit in gear, unlike any seen in Madden NFL before; pull off game changing trick plays, such as behind the back throws and double passes; and execute wild gameplay moments to win in new field locations around the globe. 

Starting today in the all-new Madden NFL 21 Mobile app, players can kick off their experience and create their avatar in The Yard: Underground to begin earning rewards by playing a single-player, narrative journey with 5-on-5 football gameplay. However, when Madden NFL 21 launches on August 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, gameplay in The Yard will center on6-on-6 backyard-inspired football with the option for players to play solo, online co-op vs. the CPU or online head-to-head multiplayer in teams of one, two, or three players. While the gameplay on mobile and console is different, the goal in The Yard and The Yard: Underground remains the same, get the “W” with style. Plus, players can connect* their accounts and seamlessly access their one-of-a-kind avatar, gear, in-game currency, and Madden Rank via a shared inventory system in The Yard: Underground on mobile and The Yard all year long.

“We wanted to create a new way for players to express themselves and take on small-sided football in an arcade-style experience that’s completely new to Madden,” said Seann Graddy, Executive Producer of Madden NFL 21. “The Yard is fast, thrilling and most importantly fun. Players will delve into all new gameplay on mobile and on consoles that will bring to life the backyard football that NFL players and fans grew up loving, where the rules are relaxed, and you can win with attitude.”  

House rules are the name of the game and creativity after the snap is where The Yard’s all-new gameplay takes full effect. New animations lead to momentum-shifting moments, where players can run up the score with extended play combinations. In the Gillette Style Zone, players will be able to customize their avatar, including facial hair, hairstyle and more, to express their individuality. Visiting the Gear Store allows players to outfit their avatar in fresh looks, with exclusive new gear drops planned all season long. Players will also develop their own playstyle as they rack up wins in The Yard, all while earning experience points, rewards and competing in new field locations with unique vibes and varied rule sets.

Download the Madden NFL 21 Mobile today in the App Store or via Google Play to jump into The Yard: Underground to get started and take on solo challenges. For players eager to see more of The Yard on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, tune in August 13 to the Madden NFL 21 social channels for a deeper look.

Fans can pre-order the Madden NFL 21 MVP Editionand receive numerous benefits, including 3-Day Early Access, Lamar Jackson Elite Item with Power Up, 17 Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs, one Large Quicksell Training Pack, Madden Championship Series Ultimate Champion Pack, 1 of 32 Elite Players from Team Elite Pack and one “Your Choice” Uniform Pack. 

In addition, this year, EA Sports will deliver distinct Madden NFL 21 experiences across current and next generation platforms. Through partnerships with Sony and Microsoft, EA Sports will offer Dual Entitlement, creating ways for players who purchase either an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 to upgrade** their copy of Madden NFL 21 from prior generation Xbox One or PS4 platforms at no additional cost. This offer will be in place all the way through the Madden NFL 21 season, up to the release of Madden NFL 22, so players can upgrade whenever they first purchase their new console within that period. Offer exceptions apply. Physical discs cannot currently be used to upgrade to discless consoles.

Madden NFL 21 will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Origin and Steam) on August 28, 2020, while Madden NFL 21 Mobile will available for download in the App Store and Google Play on August 6, 2020 with a brand-new app. Plus, Madden NFL will land on Stadia - Google’s cloud-based gaming platform this winter. PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will be available at a later time.


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