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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) The Yard Game Mode Adds .... SpongeBob SquarePants Content

by Rainier on Jan. 8, 2021 @ 11:19 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.

As football fans everywhere gear up for NFL Wild Card Weekend, Electronic Arts and Nickelodeon have teamed up to create all-new experiences in EA Sports Madden NFL 21 backyard football-inspired mode, The Yard. This first of its kind collaboration in Madden NFL, highlighted by a variety of content, in-game gear and more, inspired by the iconic SpongeBob SquarePants animated series, allows EA Sports and Nickelodeon to blend football and fantasy to entertain both gamers and SpongeBob SquarePants fans alike. 

In The Yard, players will discover new ways to play in SpongeBob Reef-top field with brand-new challenges including The Flying Dutchman’s Ghostly Grab, Sandy’s Rocket Arm Rally, and The Goo Lagoon Bowl. Players who take on the challenges can earn Nickelodeon content, including gear inspired by fan-favorite characters from SpongeBob SquarePants. 

Gear paying homage to the sponge himself, SpongeBob SquarePants, is available in-game now with more gear inspired by Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks, Plankton and Mr. Krabs added to Madden NFL 21 in the coming weeks. Fans can also tune in this Sunday at 4:40 pm ET to catch a special broadcast of the Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints on Nickelodeon.

  • Thursday, Jan. 7: Nickelodeon content available in Madden NFL 21 - SpongeBob Reef-top Field & SpongeBob SquarePants Inspired Gear 
  • Sunday, Jan. 10: NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon at 4:40pm ET – Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints

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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