The article mentions these are all day one franchise mode updates… So other updates could follow, but let’s be real. Franchise mode is obviously not high on the to do list, so keep your expectations low.
- The new X-Factors make their way into Franchise. More details on X-Factors in Madden NFL 21 coming soon!
- Franchise has an expanded Wild Card Playoff round to match the real-life NFL which now features 3 games for each conference instead of 2.
- Updated all rookie contract amounts to be more authentic to the actual Draft rookie contracts for all 7 rounds
- Retuned every position’s available Abilities to better consider in-game effectiveness of the ability and archetype authenticity. Also made the 2nd ability unlock for most positions 85 OVR (was 80 OVR in Madden NFL 20.)
- Fixed multiple cases in logic of players considered for a Dev Trait upgrade at the end of the season not checking the correct stat types.
- Updates to all team back-end depth chart philosophies so they match the team’s scheme.
- Added position-specific Offensive Lineman archetype progression buckets for OT, OG, and C to capture variance in OVR formulas based on positional expectations. Previously, all OL were pulling from the same progression bucket.
- Fixed issue where defensive playbooks and schemes for our fictional coaches would be misaligned (e.g. 3-4 playbook with a 4-3 scheme.)
I’ll let the comments of this news post tell you how franchise mode fans feel about it.
To try and take away attention to the minor updates coming to franchise mode in Madden NFL 21, EA posted plenty of details about their Face of the Franchise: Rise to Fame mode.
The next Gridiron Notes is scheduled to arrive on July 14, to discuss playbooks.