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Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 Might Not Arrive at Launch For Next-Gen Consoles


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Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 Might Not Arrive at Launch For Next-Gen Consoles

While nothing is official, it appears both Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 will release after the next-gen consoles have been released, not at launch.

Last week, Microsoft revealed a list of launch day games, which would be fully optimized and released on launch day, November 10, for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Both Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 were missing from the list. Maybe because they were EA “Dual Entitlement” games and they didn’t make the cut?


Sony has yet to reveal a similar list and the PlayStation 5 console releases on November 12. While browsing the PlayStation Store, you can see NBA 2K21 listed as a pre-order for the PlayStation 5. However, searching for Madden NFL 21 or FIFA 21 only provides PlayStation 4 games, no pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 versions of the game.

Some smoke is rising…

EA never gave us a definitive release date on the next-gen version of Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21, but most assumed it would be a launch day game, much like NBA 2K21. 2K has burned that release date into our brains. Those of us lucky enough to have placed a pre-order on the next-gen consoles know the exact release date of the upcoming NBA basketball game. EA, on the other hand, has been silent on the release date for the next-gen NFL football game.

In June, EA gave us some of the details and features for next-gen Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21, but since then, we haven’t heard much else.

Will we see next-gen Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 at launch? Later this year? Could it possibly arrive in early 2021? What are your thoughts?


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  1. I could see a scenario where it was just gonna be a graphical enhanced port, and they went back to the drawing board realizing that wouldn’t cut it. But part of me still thinks this arrives at launch. I just don’t see EA of all companies not jumping in day 1.
    This entire year for EA has been a crapshoot. The lack of info since E3 on their future titles, and the silence on Madden features just pours gasoline into this fire
    I went into the manage game section on the Xbox UI for Madden NFL 21 today and there was an update for the Xbox Series X|S version. It was tiny so I'm guessing more or an acknowledgement that the upgrade is available. Still it makes me think the Xbox version will come at launch.
    What that version entails is a whole other question
    Going by the group of next generation features they listed at the reveal, it does not SEEM like it will simply be a port. But who knows lol

    Of course it doesn't, but we all know how the hyperbole flows when it comes to talking about Madden now. No it isn't a total rebuild from the ground up like people want or like NBA 2k is, but the "port with better graphics" spiel will persist nonetheless, because, Madden.
    If it was a significant upgrade, it wouldn't be a free upgrade.
    Some graphical enhancements, faster loading. That's all I expect.
    Hope for more next year.
    I don't have much hope for anything other than graphical improvements, but not that worried about release date. People were saying they thought next gen consoles would be delayed because they waited much longer than previously to reveal them. It's not that odd these days to reveal something very close to the release date. And Microsoft/Sony can't add them to their official launch list until they've been revealed so that part is irrelevant.
    If it was a significant upgrade, it wouldn't be a free upgrade.
    Some graphical enhancements, faster loading. That's all I expect.

    Hope for more next year

    As we all do every year.....
    What a bad year for sports gaming. I don’t think Madden has missed a generation launch since ps1. If it actually does miss the launch. It just doesn’t seem like a console generation launch without a football game to play day one.
    This is laughable at this point. They have all the resources in the world and yet they reside over one dumpster fire after another. Time for a change in leadership.
    what a joke of the company they didn't do anything on this year version in the current-gen   i thought was because new-gen release and now they don't have anything Jaja  at least I didn't buy any ea sport game for the last 3 years 
    All seriousness. Since Madden and FIFA are ports from current gen I understood its different than  NBA 2K21 which claims built from the ground up. I expect just a highly tuned up Madden /FIFA with restrictions being unlocked.

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