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Fans Can Upgrade Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One to Xbox Series X or PS4 to PS5 Free, Until Madden NFL 22 Launches

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Fans Can Upgrade Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One to Xbox Series X or PS4 to PS5 Free, Until Madden NFL 22 Launches

When it was announced in early May, that Xbox One users could upgrade their Xbox One version of Madden NFL 21 to the Xbox Series X version for free with EA’s Dual Entitlement, it was met with some disappointment. There were a couple of rules involved. Gamers had to purchase Madden NFL 21 on the Xbox One by December 31, 2020 and upgrade to the Xbox Series X version by March 31, 2021.

EA has updated their Madden NFL 21 Next Level page with an update, thanks to Polygon for the heads up, we see you Samit.

During our recent Inside Xbox announce, we included some dates limiting this Dual Entitlement approach. Having listened to our players response we’re extending the offer all the way through our Madden 21 season up to the release of Madden NFL 22, so players can upgrade to Madden NFL 21 on Xbox Series X whenever they first purchase their new console within that period.

Of course PlayStation fans were also disappointed when the announcement was made, but EA does mention on the page that details for other platforms are coming soon.

UPDATE: (6-16) 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 PlayStation 4 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. Visit ea.com/nextlevel for more information and tune into EA Play Live on June 18 at 4:00 PM PT for more news on the next generation.

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  1. Sparkles
    So do we still have to buy it December ?

    If you purchase M21 for Xbox One in August, and then you buy an Xbox Series X in December (or whenever it launches), you get the free upgrade to the better version. The free upgrade will be a download of graphics & texture packs. Essentially the exact same set up as now, when you went from a 1S to a 1X. Microsoft wants gamers to use their current games across all models of the Xbox, and each unit will scale things accordingly.
    PS5, however, is not a console update in the way the the series X is, as far as I know. The PS5 is a brand new generation, while the Xbox is like upgrading from an iphone 7 to the iphone 11, so to speak.
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    Well, I guess I will be waiting to purchase on the PS5. Not spending money twice for a game with a sub par franchise mode. All new generation adapters should be able to upgrade for free but, whatever.
    therealsmallville
    If you purchase M21 for Xbox One in August, and then you buy an Xbox Series X in December (or whenever it launches), you get the free upgrade to the better version. The free upgrade will be a download of graphics & texture packs. Essentially the exact same set up as now, when you went from a 1S to a 1X. Microsoft wants gamers to use their current games across all models of the Xbox, and each unit will scale things accordingly.
    PS5, however, is not a console update in the way the the series X is, as far as I know. The PS5 is a brand new generation, while the Xbox is like upgrading from an iphone 7 to the iphone 11, so to speak.
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    MS and Sony are doing the same basic thing, MS just has more support for cross-generation titles and libraries.
    More on the topic of the OP, by the end of the NFL season a fan is more likely better served just getting EA Access and playing it from the vault anyways.
    Dingo72
    Well, I guess I will be waiting to purchase on the PS5. Not spending money twice for a game with a sub par franchise mode. All new generation adapters should be able to upgrade for free but, whatever.

    Isn't that what this is?
    speedy9386
    Isn't that what this is?

    I think the lack of clarity on the PS5 side is just causing confusion is all. That should be cleared up a little more later this week when Sony finally starts the marketing for their next console.
    UPDATE: (6-16)
    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 PlayStation 4 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.Visitea.com/nextlevelfor more information and tune intoEA Play Liveon June 18 at 4:00 PM PT for more news on the next generation.
    they need to explain this a lil more as far as ps5 is concerned because of the 2 options available. if i buy a physical copy of madden 21 on ps4 do i upgrade to a physical copy on ps5? or am i forced to buy a digital?
    rwideman
    they need to explain this a lil more as far as ps5 is concerned because of the 2 options available. if i buy a physical copy of madden 21 on ps4 do i upgrade to a physical copy on ps5? or am i forced to buy a digital?

    I think it's pretty clear, I expect your disc will be your DRM and it will need to be in the drive to access the Xbox/PS5 version. This would be why you can't upgrade a physical version on the digital-only console.
    Might be a different situation if the original plans for the Xbox One were followed through with... would have allowed for a physical to digital conversion and that might be a more routine practice. One day we'll get to that point.
    Why is this a big deal? Just like Base PS4 and Ps4 Pro or Xbox and Xbox One. They are free upgrades because they aren't designed for the new systems yet.
    I'm sure NBA 2k21 won't be an free upgrade as it seems they are making two separate games.
    49UNCFan
    Why is this a big deal? Just like Base PS4 and Ps4 Pro or Xbox and Xbox One. They are free upgrades because they aren't designed for the new systems yet.
    I'm sure NBA 2k21 won't be an free upgrade as it seems they are making two separate games.

    I mean you’re comparing base and upgraded models of the same game. When PS4 launched in November, Madden 25 was a launch title even though it released in August for the PS3. Madden on PS4 was built specifically for PS4 it wasn’t just an upgrade it was its own game.
    The same thing will happen this year with madden, it will release in August for PS4 and the PS5 version will be a launch title. The reason EA is doing the free upgrade is bc they don’t want to lose sales in August bc people will just wait for the next gen version if they’d have to pay twice
    Americas Team
    I'm hoping the next gen version of Madden is built from the ground up like 2K21.

    Eh, let's wait and see how from the ground up 2K21 is first before we hype anything up for any game on next-gen.
    ChaseB
    Eh, let's wait and see how from the ground up 2K21 is first before we hype anything up for any game on next-gen.

    2k14 was built from the ground up for OS4 they ditched all the core from previous gen. I expect the same for 2k21 seeing they have this dev kit for nearly 2 years almost . You can see it in the previous product of 2k20
    That they really were focused on next gen . Do yes 2k21 won’t be anything like 21 on the PS4 which will prob be more the same like 20
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    Downtown Bob
    What about saves? Can I start a franchise on PS4 and transfer it to PS5? I dont see why you can’t with online franchises

    Not sure on PS, but Xbox has confirmed saves will transfer to next gen.

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