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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: Dec. 4, 2020

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'Madden NFL 21' (ALL) Pro Bowl Competition Features Snoop Dogg, Bubba Wallace, Marshawn Lynch And More

by Rainier on Jan. 25, 2021 @ 11:33 a.m. PST

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 with franchise-first artwork that reflects Jackson’s unique NFL journey.

Electronic Arts and the National Football League (NFL) revealed the celebrities, NFL Legends and current Pro Bowlers competing in the Pro Bowl: The Madden NFL 21 Edition Presented by Verizon.

Coming to fans directly on digital and social channels, EA SPORTS is delivering a transformed Pro Bowl through Madden NFL 21, meeting the next generation of NFL fans where they live online. The event will stream on the NFL YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, as well as EA Madden NFL Twitch on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 5pm EST, capping a week of Pro Bowl celebrations across the NFL, which also includes a free trial of Madden NFL 21.

Ninja, FaZe Swagg, AustinShow and AMP also hosting live watch parties on their channels Sunday at 5pm EST. The event will reair primetime at 8pm EST on NFL Network and again at 12:30am EST.

“EA SPORTS’ commitment to help fans experience sport in new ways is realized perfectly by the transformation of this year’s Pro Bowl to the virtual field of Madden NFL,” said David Tinson, CMO, Electronic Arts. “We’re further blurring the lines between reality and the virtual worlds of our games, creating new opportunities to connect fans through the sport they love.” 

“The Pro Bowl is a highly anticipated event each year for players and fans and we’re thrilled to have created an all-new virtual experience with EA SPORTS,” said Peter O'Reilly, NFL EVP of Club Business and Events. “Bringing our all-star game to a virtual stage in Madden has allowed fans to engage and enjoy the Pro Bowl, despite the unprecedented challenges of the last year. We’re excited for fans to celebrate the best players in the NFL all on one field this weekend.” 

“We’ll be taking the Pro Bowl to the virtual world of Madden this weekend and I can’t wait to do it big with football fans in my favorite game,” said Snoop Dogg. “I’m a Madden NFL star. So, Kyler and Marshawn better watch out - my team is comin’ in to win that championship title for the AFC.”

Fans can continue to play out their own 2021 Pro Bowl with the official rosters in Madden NFL 21. Also, from Jan. 28-31, a trial of the complete Madden NFL 21 experience will be free* to players across all platforms, including Stadia, Google’s gaming platform that lets players instantly play their favorite video games on screens they already own. EA is launching Madden NFL 21 on Stadia this Thursday, making it the first game developed on the Frostbite engine released on the platform. Madden NFL 21 on Stadia will reach more players where they play, adding to the list of platforms where the game is available. After the free trial is over, the game will continue to be available on Stadia for those who buy it and the Madden NFL 21: Superstar Edition will be 60 percent off across all platforms until Feb.8. 

Starting today, fans can tune in to the EA Madden NFL Twitch which will show a variety of competitive entertainment in the lead up to Sunday's can’t miss main event, the Pro Bowl: The Madden NFL 21 Edition Presented by Verizon. EA SPORTS’ week-long 2021 Pro Bowl programming begins at 3pm EST today with the Madden NFL 21 charity tournament, the Chunky’s Million Meals Challenge presented by Target. Fans can also catch the NFL Flag Madden 21 Youth ClubChampionship presented by Subway, Wednesday at 7pm EST, and the Madden NFL 21 Club Championship, where 32 of the best Madden NFL competitors battle for a share of the largest prize pool in Madden NFL eSports history, this Thursday and Friday at 5pm EST all on EA Madden NFL Twitch. 

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 PS5 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 is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Origin and Steam) and is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on December 4, 2020, followed by Stadia later this winter.

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