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Madden NFL 21 Franchise Mode Update (2 of 3) Arrives January 7 - Full Details Here (Update #3 Arrives in March)

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Madden NFL 21 Franchise Mode Update (2 of 3) Arrives January 7 - Full Details Here (Update #3 Arrives in March)

EA will be releasing their second of three franchise mode updates for Madden NFL 21 very soon tomorrow, January 7, along with the latest patch to address zone coverages. Check out the latest blog, sent to us from EA, on all of the updates that are set to arrive in franchise mode. The team has also sent us some details on the 3rd franchise update, which is scheduled to arrive in March.

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Hey Franchise fans!

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the second set of updates for Franchise mode in Madden NFL 21! As we said in our previous post-launch update, a priority for our team is that these features work both in new and existing Franchises.

CPU QB Draft Logic Improvements

When teams draft a first round quarterback in real life, it’s a sign of commitment from a team to a player saying “we think you can be, or now are, the face of our organization.”

As a part of our next update, we have added new logic checks that CPU teams will use to guide whether they should even be interested in drafting a QB when they’re on the clock in Round 1. Now, teams will evaluate their roster and previous draft picks of the last two years to keep teams from replacing players too soon.

DEV NOTE: This feature came directly from community feedback around situations where rookie QBs ultimately got replaced after their first season due to their OVR being lower than an incoming prospect. Embracing the authenticity of teambuilding and player development, teams now consider their incumbent starters as a piece of their future to give runway for those players to reach their full potential. Now, teams will consider previous investments to influence their future selections.

Logic Details

When a CPU team is on the clock, they will now de-prioritize drafting a first round QB if:

  • Their current starting QB was a 1st round pick in the last two Drafts
  • Their current starting QB was a 2nd/3rd round pick in the last two Drafts
    • And has a Normal Dev and 72+ OVR
    • And has Star or higher Dev trait
  • Their current starting QB is a 94+ OVR
  • Their current starting QB is 87+ OVR and 32+ years old
  • Their current starting QB is 74+ OVR and < 29 years old
  • Their current backup QB is a Star or higher Dev Trait and < 28 years old

Lastly, if a team’s current starting QB is over 35, the team will consider drafting a replacement.

As always, whether the team actually does draft a QB is dependent on many factors, and like real life, there can still be times where a team decides a player is just too good to pass up depending on the situation. The Draft is full of surprises!

Commissioner Controls: Undo FA Signings – Offseason Only

Commissioners are able to undo FA signings in the offseason directly through the transaction log. Simply click on a signing and revert it to send the player back into the free agent pool.

Commissioner Controls: Team Override Settings

Giving commissioners of leagues the ability to turn on/off or allow users to keep individual settings for Heat Seeker tackling, Ball Hawk, and Switch assist – one of our top requested commissioner requests, this creates a way to level the playing field regarding assist features.

Commissioner Draft Tools

Commissioners will now be able to assign autopilot during the draft, along with pause/resume functionality. This way advancing to the next user pick will skip any player who is on autopilot. This has been a top community request for a number of years now.

Commissioner House Rules: Play Cool-Down and Repeat Play Limits

After these settings made their debut last year in MUT/KO, House Rules became one of the most requested features for franchise players and we are incredibly excited to bring them to you. Take control as a Commissioner and dictate how many times a play can be called in a game, and how long a player must wait before calling the same play again.

Commissioner Setting – X-Factor Customization Restrictions

Commissioners will be able to determine who is able to edit abilities on players through the X-Factor Customization tools we enabled in our previous continuous development release. The settings are Commissioner only, Any User, or None, responding directly to multi-user league feedback.

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We also wanted to share with you our final updates coming to Franchise mode targeted to arrive in March.

Trade Logic Improvements

We are focused on delivering improvements to player and draft pick evaluations to create more rewarding and authentic trades for Madden 21 that we will continue to build and improve upon in the future.

DEV NOTE: To move forward on improved trade logic, it was important to acknowledge there wasn’t a magic quick fix. As a team, we’ve reevaluated everything about our previous trade logic with the goal of improving realism and fun of interacting with the trade system using a few key goals: Establishing new baseline scales around player and draft pick values by reconsidering every factor and modifier that is currently used in trades, resolving top community exploits around AI trades (like elite offensive linemen for late round picks), and looking for opportunities to improve or add new AI considerations when evaluating offers from teams. We’re excited to discuss more about how we are bringing all of those things to Madden 21 in the next Deep Dive!

Franchise League History

We are adding a new tile where you can see the Super Bowl and key award winners from each year of your franchise. This will include how many times a team has won the Super Bowl in the franchise, along with MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP.

DEV NOTE: For Madden 21, this will track every season in your franchise from the season this is added and forward. Any history prior to the addition of this new feature will not be accessible as we previously did not save off Super Bowl scores among other things upon the start of a new league year. Any new league will have every season played tracked, however.

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  1. please tweak  simulate stats in Franchise mode.. stats doesn't look right to me like Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook has very low rushing yards like 1,100.. Cam Newton had insane ridiculous stats in passing stats : 48 passing TD with 4,500 passing yards when i simulated whole season to Super bowl
    Would be awesome if the play cool down & repeat play limit could be applied to CPU as well. Limiting the amount of times the CPU could call 4 verts would be great.
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    SolidSquid
    This is just too little too late for me. Hoping madden 22 can be something special

    Agree. I love that they are adding this now but I have lost interest in M21
    Man, I hope they don't continue to ignore game play with all the focus shifted to franchise mode.
    Commish tools is a nice add, late, but better later than never.
    Fixed zones tomorrow and maybe I can finally start a real franchise.
    How does EA sports see nothing wrong with making major updates to a game that has been out for 5-6 months. Were we suppose to not be playing franchise mode all this time?? I waited months to do so but I can never get any feel for the game because the minute I do they make a game altering update. I don’t know if I suck at passing, pass rush, etc or is the game making integral changes in that aspect that I can’t keep up with. I finished my first real season and I have no feel for if I won because I’m good or won because I had to change sliders so that every misthrow doesn’t result in a BLEEPING interception.
    jfsolo
    On the Gridiron Notes article on the actual website it says that the last Franchise patch is targeted to arrive in early March.

    At least people won't be asking about where the update is in February.
    ChicagoChris
    Agree. I love that they are adding this now but I have lost interest in M21

    Yeah these are things that will make franchise more fun, especially some of the March stuff, but gameplay has to be better and the next gen versions of the game need to stop stuttering and dropping frames. Right now, this is just nice future stuff to be enjoyed if M22 fixes the major flaws of 21.
    Man hearing them talk about fixing the draft logic and trades is so depressing. It's basically acknowledging how bad it's been for years and saying that fixing it is going to be tough. I'm guessing it'll be bug filled when it comes out
    michaelhawj
    please tweak* simulate stats in Franchise mode.. stats doesn't look right to me like Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook has very low rushing yards like 1,100.. Cam Newton had insane ridiculous stats in passing stats : 48 passing TD with 4,500 passing yards when i simulated whole season to Super bowl

    In my first season the Jets were a 3 seed and beat the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs lol. Need I say more.
    Cityviewedits
    How does EA sports see nothing wrong with making major updates to a game that has been out for 5-6 months. Were we suppose to not be playing franchise mode all this time?? I waited months to do so but I can never get any feel for the game because the minute I do they make a game altering update. I don’t know if I suck at passing, pass rush, etc or is the game making integral changes in that aspect that I can’t keep up with. I finished my first real season and I have no feel for if I won because I’m good or won because I had to change sliders so that every misthrow doesn’t result in a BLEEPING interception.

    It's tough for sure.. seems like with any sports game we have to wait months and keep starting our franchises over after each title update. I'm happy they are continually fixing things but it takes some of the drive to play the game away for me after fixing things months later. Not to mention once you have some good sliders for the way you play, those have to be tested and tweaked again post patch.
    do you think Madden would ever bring in the feature from MLB The Show where you can migrate your franchise from one year's title to the next? None of my friends have bought M21 yet for the singular reason that we're in year 7 of a M20 online franchise and dont want to have to start over. If they'd allow us to migrate our current franchise (essentially just rosters, contracts, stats, league history) to M21, then it'd be a no brainer buy.
    roadman
    Man, I hope they don't continue to ignore game play with all the focus shifted to franchise mode.
    Commish tools is a nice add, late, but better later than never.
    Fixed zones tomorrow and maybe I can finally start a real franchise.

    Agreed. Also fix the cpu QB drop back issue. We’ve been dealing with this long enough. I would love if cpu QB’s played like they did at release. Was it perfect, no. But it was the best I’ve seen in a very very long time.
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    Franchise League History
    We are adding a new tile where you can see the Super Bowl and key award winners from each year of your franchise. This will include how many times a team has won the Super Bowl in the franchise, along with MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP.

    This is actually a cool feature for franchise players. I only play offline franchise, i love the idea of building a winner up. Currently started a Jaguars franchise in M20 trying to turn them from 1-15 garbage into a contender, but would also love to see how the league history looks as far as SB titles and awards, so I do think that's a cool feature.
    But these franchise updates are definitely targeted towards online connected leagues not so much towards the offline people, as we don't need the commissioner controls like groups do
    Unfortunately what Madden needs is a longer Dev cycle. Think about it, currently the game releases a new version in the same time frame as the Sega Genesis versions starting in 1990, that is insane. This game needs a minimum of 2 years between releases, they work as much on the current release as the next years simultaneously and then we wonder why people see a copy and paste. Of course money dictates this and EA would NEVER, ever, in any situation sacrifice potential revenue in an attempt to improve product quality.
    Cityviewedits
    In my first season the Jets were a 3 seed and beat the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs lol. Need I say more.

    LMAO, Jets were number 3 Seed.. this year in real life, they are 1-15. lol
    I like the idea behind the draft logic changes. Taking that a step further, could really use some tools or data panels to radiate the products of that effort to end users. Highlight 'the QBs your division', or rising stars or something on loading screens and franchise mode UI. Commentary should compare your 2nd year QB to other 2nd year QBs or late in the season talk about the state of the rookie class of QBs, this kind of data that could be more reliably available as dividends from these changes.
    SethMurphy
    This is actually a cool feature for franchise players. I only play offline franchise, i love the idea of building a winner up. Currently started a Jaguars franchise in M20 trying to turn them from 1-15 garbage into a contender, but would also love to see how the league history looks as far as SB titles and awards, so I do think that's a cool feature.
    But these franchise updates are definitely targeted towards online connected leagues not so much towards the offline people, as we don't need the commissioner controls like groups do

    It sucks that information from before you begin your Franchise won't be a part of it, but this addition is very much appreciated. It's also a bit of a pleasant surprise. IIRC, this wasn't part of the Franchise roadmap they released over the Summer.
    SolidSquid
    This is just too little too late for me. Hoping madden 22 can be something special

    I agree. While they are welcoming features, it is too late in the process. I originally wanted to rent Madden at the very least. If all these major updates would have been ready at launch of next gen, it would be a different conversation. Even though it doesn't require a restart, I would still feel pressured to restart i would've want good draft logic from the jump not when I'm in year 4 and still affected by bad logic.
    I just want whatever is done for Madden 22 franchise to be ready day 1. That service approach doesn't fit an annual sports title. Its one thing if you want to add more content to online modes throughout year. But. I want the core modes to be done at launch. I don't want to feel like I have to wait to start a mode
    michaelhawj

    In my year one, Chicago beat the Saints, Packers, Seahawks and Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. Is it possible? Sure. Would I bet even five dollars on it? Not unless that five dollars would get me millions.
    :boxing:
    Hubie
    What will be in the 3rd update? Was it listed or did I overlook it?

    Trade Logic Improvements
    We are focused on delivering improvements to player and draft pick evaluations to create more rewarding and authentic trades for Madden 21 that we will continue to build and improve upon in the future.
    DEV NOTE: To move forward on improved trade logic, it was important to acknowledge there wasn’t a magic quick fix. As a team, we’ve reevaluated everything about our previous trade logic with the goal of improving realism and fun of interacting with the trade system using a few key goals: Establishing new baseline scales around player and draft pick values by reconsidering every factor and modifier that is currently used in trades, resolving top community exploits around AI trades (like elite offensive linemen for late round picks), and looking for opportunities to improve or add new AI considerations when evaluating offers from teams. We’re excited to discuss more about how we are bringing all of those things to Madden 21 in the next Deep Dive!
    Franchise League History
    We are adding a new tile where you can see the Super Bowl and key award winners from each year of your franchise. This will include how many times a team has won the Super Bowl in the franchise, along with MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP.
    DEV NOTE: For Madden 21, this will track every season in your franchise from the season this is added and forward. Any history prior to the addition of this new feature will not be accessible as we previously did not save off Superbowl scores among other things upon the start of a new league year. Any new league will have every season played tracked, however.
    Cityviewedits
    In my first season the Jets were a 3 seed and beat the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs lol. Need I say more.

    Seen a franchise where the bengals took a qb in the first rd. Madden logic smh
    jfsolo
    On the Gridiron Notes article on the actual website it says that the last Franchise patch is targeted to arrive in early March.

    Yup, month changed from the draft they sent us. Updated. Thank you.
    Now let us change the divisions and conferences as we wish and make more changes like in 2k. When you get there,let us know..then I'll pick it up again. 
    And of course the gameplay. Movement running the ball is just.....blah. 
    I wish they could have added history from at least Superbowl 1. I'm not complaining that it's being added but it would be a nice to have feature.
    Hopefully with the trade logic overhaul CPU teams will trade and offer my team trades especially during the draft.
    I'm surprised free agency logic hasn't been addressed either. I see too many instances of running backs and quarterback signing to teams that don't have a need. A team will sign a running back that is 92 ovr even if they have a 91 on the team. I've also seen quarterbacks gets signed in free agency when they have a clear cut starter but will sign one that is one ovr higher for huge contracts that really messes up CPU team building. The same QB logic really needs to apply during FA as well. I've seen teams with 3 qbs that all within 1 ovr point of each other for 10m+ a year.
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    would it be advised to start a CFM tonight and then actually start playing tomorrow after the update? i got everyone ready to accept invites tonight as it’ll be easier than tracking everyone done tomorrow to get it started.
    I love the blurb about how the CPU may just draft a QB anyway because the Draft is wacky and unpredictable as if it's not a lame cover for the game not functioning properly. Good stuff.
    Still boggles my mind that we're only getting these crumbs because of a massive social media movement that made the game and company look bad. At least we're getting tiny morsels over nothing but man, some new static screens, behind the scenes tuning on wonky CPU logic and surface level player control customization is not really the rebuilding of franchise that it needs.
    For those like me that like to edit rosters and should desire to start their Franchise with Front End rosters, we have a template to edit at least the QB’s to move some teams to be in-line with where the team is at as it relates to “looking” to acquire another QB in the 1st Draft of our Franchise.
    Unless some QB’s OVR ratings are changed to not meet the template levels, teams we know that are in the hunt for a new signal caller, may not start the Franchise off correctly because some QB’s OVR’s will prevent the AI from going forth.
    I know Eagles is a team where QB has to be edited outside the outlines so they will be looking/considering
    Curious who are other teams.
    - Jets???
    - Lions???
    - Panthers???
    Just spitballing some teams where currently rated EA QB’s on these teams may prevent the AI from moving further.
    I haven't bought the game I've been running with my Texans Franchise in Madden 20. I wish we could carry it over like the Show anyways I have EA access and xbox game pass so I just wait patiently now and downloaded after all the patches and stuff is worked out it's less stressful lthats my playbook now.
    Cory Levy
    I love the blurb about how the CPU may just draft a QB anyway because the Draft is wacky and unpredictable as if it's not a lame cover for the game not functioning properly. Good stuff.

    Arizona and Kyler Murray. Dallas and Steve Walsh. Teams not functioning properly?
    This is all well and good, we just need to see more big improvement in Madden 22 on Day 1. With the NFL moving to 17 games, it will be hard to keep my real life 32 CFM Franchise going on Madden 20. So hopefully they keep building upon these updates in Madden 21 in 22, 23, 24, etc.
    Still a long way to go but man wish these updates were in Madden 18 or 19 so we would be further along in an improved Franchise Mode by this point.
    Richie71
    Arizona and Kyler Murray. Dallas and Steve Walsh. Teams not functioning properly?

    Arizona Cardinals have a bad roster in the game, end up with a Top 10 overall pick 3 years in a row. They pick a QB every time because the best one falls to them and they're too much of a 'can't miss prospect' and the NFL is wacky and unpredictable.
    I didn't say it was unprecedented in real life, just knocking them for literally saving face in the case that what they implemented doesn't function properly.
    Also, I highly doubt the circumstances that lead to those QBs being drafted would be replicated and acknowledged in Madden.
    Also, also, Steve Walsh was selected in the Supplemental Draft, something that's existed in the NFL since before Madden was created that's not even in the game so...
    So I tested both of the features i was most looking forward to, QB draft logic and undoing free agency signings.
    When i go to undo a free agency signing it tells me it cant be completed at this time and sends me back to the main menu.
    In this years draft the bengals drafted QB Trey Lance with the 5th overall pick.
    badluck22
    So I tested both of the features i was most looking forward to, QB draft logic and undoing free agency signings.
    When i go to undo a free agency signing it tells me it cant be completed at this time and sends me back to the main menu.
    In this years draft the bengals drafted QB Trey Lance with the 5th overall pick.

    Awesome! So literally nothing was fixed.
    badluck22
    So I tested both of the features i was most looking forward to, QB draft logic and undoing free agency signings.
    When i go to undo a free agency signing it tells me it cant be completed at this time and sends me back to the main menu.
    In this years draft the bengals drafted QB Trey Lance with the 5th overall pick.
    They AI might be going off of Joe Burrow injury and what his rating is...Lets hope its understand and he is trade bate..Or they keep him and trade Joe Burrow like My Cardinals did with Kyler Murray and Rosen...Alot can happen in a draft. Plus if we see the Jets Drafting as they do we may have something to work with here..I hope it play out wit all players being a mix up making it fun and real
    cowboy_kmoney
    They AI might be going off of Joe Burrow injury and what his rating is...Lets hope its understand and he is trade bate..

    Don't get your hopes up. I saw someone else post that the Bengals took a QB with their 3rd overall pick in the next years draft. It's not fixed. Perhaps this is caused by custom draft classes?
    I knw this is long overdue and should've Been in this game.But with this parch and the next that is coming hoping all things work and ruin other things. We Should have the The best madden to date only if all of this was in at release and wrked...Should be something to hold us til M22.I dnt even have a system of any kind at the moment. But im waiting on the systems to hit stores and dnt have to go thru all this stuff. Plus the last patch will be around that time so ima wait and stay tapped in with my favorite YouTubers with content and stay in the loop wit the game as i do...
    Seems like Madden on PCs servers are down, started a franchise game and it froze after and now it tells me "Unable to find leagues at this time" So maybe they are doing some work on their end.
    JayD
    Don't get your hopes up. I saw someone else post that the Bengals took a QB with their 3rd overall pick in the next years draft. It's not fixed. Perhaps this is caused by custom draft classes?

    Thats my point. They may have it like that too. From what there saying. I mean the same thing was done to Josh Rosen wit the K.Murry Draft..I just hope its like that with all positions..But if this is not it then its all bad. I dnt knw yet i dnt have the game im glad i waited..
    cowboy_kmoney
    Thats my point. They may have it like that too. From what there saying. I mean the same thing was done to Josh Rosen wit the K.Murry Draft..I just hope its like that with all positions..But if this is not it then its all bad. I dnt knw yet i dnt have the game im glad i waited..

    Josh Rosen wasn't going to be the rookie of the year until he got hurt though. There's no universe where Burrow isn't the QB1 in Cinci next season.
    Are we sure those testing are playing with the patch?
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Josh Rosen wasn't going to be the rookie of the year until he got hurt though. There's no universe where Burrow isn't the QB1 in Cinci next season.
    Are we sure those testing are playing with the patch?

    The patch comes out today I believe.
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    jfsolo
    The Update notes should go back up soon as Kraelo just talked about all the gameplay stuff on Madden Live.

    After you play a game post patch please post your thoughts.. I always trust your opinion as we have similar play styles.
    I'll probably keep my sliders but default the pass coverage stuff. I'm guessing pass rush still needs a boost and so on.
    thekodinator
    do you think Madden would ever bring in the feature from MLB The Show where you can migrate your franchise from one year's title to the next? None of my friends have bought M21 yet for the singular reason that we're in year 7 of a M20 online franchise and dont want to have to start over. If they'd allow us to migrate our current franchise (essentially just rosters, contracts, stats, league history) to M21, then it'd be a no brainer buy.

    EA needs to make this happen ASAP. I spend A TON of time just setting up my franchise (custom/edited/realistic rosters/player ratings, custom coaches, custom draft classes etc etc) I do all of this BEFORE I even start my franchise. That can take 3 weeks to a month sometimes (considering I have a wife, 3 kids and a full time sales job working 60-80hr weeks sometimes). I truly take my time on franchises. If they can somehow port people's franchise's(online and offline) to the next year's game, that would be a major game changer for the SIM community. My brother still talks about our franchise we had on Madden 19, we were about 10yrs deep and had all sorts of custom player's from our NCAA14 draft classes that I created. It was so much fun. He almost wants to go back to it.
    Hopefully the patch will fix the scenario that played out in my current franchise.
    In it, the Chargers drafted a QB in the first round, in the 2021 draft. He was a 78 overall, hidden dev. But, the Chargers continued to start Herbert.
    And, the Chargers would refuse any trade offer that you put together for their drafted QB. Even into his third season. At that point he was an 81 overall superstar dev back up QB.
    In the end, Chargers let him walk in free agency after 4 years, and the Eagles signed him to be their starter. Wentz is now rated around 73 overall and is the backup.
    Totally wasted early first round pick by the Chargers. No way would it play out like that in real life. I hope that eventually Madden adds a player hold out feature. Because clearly, this QB would not have sat the bench for four years without demanding a trade in real life.
    K_GUN
    So....is the zone fix only next-gen??
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    The way the notes are written, it seems that way, but we'll find out.
    K_GUN
    So....is the zone fix only next-gen??
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    Wasn't the zone coverage issue a NextGen exclusive? Seriously I thought it was a new problem that current gen didn't have.
    Whatever they have to do in terms of the server maintenance for Franchise is taking a long time so until that is done and Franchise is back online we probably won't get the Title Update and the re-release of the notes for what was addressed on the gameplay front.
    Slymm
    I just logged on and all of my franchise saves are gone. Anyone else?

    They're not gone, just let them finish working on franchise and the update and they'll be back.
    gman2774
    Agreed. Also fix the cpu QB drop back issue. We’ve been dealing with this long enough. I would love if cpu QB’s played like they did at release. Was it perfect, no. But it was the best I’ve seen in a very very long time.
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    The QB drop back glitch is a huge one!!! In my opinion it’s the only thing keeping M21 from being the best by far out of any other Madden. It really is a shame it was broken after they had it playing so well, and has basically been ignored since.
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    sc11
    Hopefully the patch will fix the scenario that played out in my current franchise.
    In it, the Chargers drafted a QB in the first round, in the 2021 draft. He was a 78 overall, hidden dev. But, the Chargers continued to start Herbert.
    And, the Chargers would refuse any trade offer that you put together for their drafted QB. Even into his third season. At that point he was an 81 overall superstar dev back up QB.
    In the end, Chargers let him walk in free agency after 4 years, and the Eagles signed him to be their starter. Wentz is now rated around 73 overall and is the backup.
    Totally wasted early first round pick by the Chargers. No way would it play out like that in real life. I hope that eventually Madden adds a player hold out feature. Because clearly, this QB would not have sat the bench for four years without demanding a trade in real life.

    As a Charger fan, I got to agree. That would make Charger fans storm Spanos office like Capitol Hill.
    Too soon?
    It seems like it's really difficult for them to incorporate new things into Franchise mode now without having to do what seems like a lot of extra work .
    The one day I actually want to play Madden and I can't lol. I started a cloud franchise a few weeks ago and was wanting to pick it back up but, nope, EA says not today lol. Oh well, I guess back to playing NHL 21. Might not even worry with Madden anymore lol.
    This was on Twitter:
    Update:
    During maintenance testing an issue was found with Cloud Franchises.
    The team is working to address it, but until it is resolved, Cloud Franchises will remain gated.
    We will continue to update.
    MizzouRah
    Downloading now on XSX, 2.67GB.

    PS4 and (I think?) PS5 as well:

    Top is what started after I checked for a PS5 update, bottom for PS4. I'm sure nothing will go wrong with this.... :y6:
    Also, their twitter has posted that the updates are live.
    bcruise
    PS4 and (I think?) PS5 as well:

    Top is what started after I checked for a PS5 update, bottom for PS4. I'm sure nothing will go wrong with this.... :y6:
    Also, their twitter has posted that the updates are live.

    Mine is updating to 1.22 right now as well on ps4.
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    Just tested an online franchise starting at the wild card weekend and the QB draft logic is not fixed as the Bengals drafted Fields - the falcons were also picking at 3 and not the Dolphins - they were at 4
    Teleo
    Just tested an online franchise starting at the wild card weekend and the QB draft logic is not fixed as the Bengals drafted Fields - the falcons were also picking at 3 and not the Dolphins - they were at 4

    Since they couldn't figure how to fix draft logic i had hopes they could muster a fix for QBs. Guess not.
    I was excited to see this thread as I thought we'd have a 2021 surprise and get some gameplay updates but I guess not. Still not playable or enjoyable no matter how hard I try.
    Guess I'll shell out another $60 for the next version and hope they did some more development.
    Honestly with the state the CPU is in its pretty discouraging how little they've done to franchise after all that hoopla early on. More like a kick in the *** really.
    You can now edit mouthpieces for players in franchise mode with this latest update. I was able able to edit mouthpieces for quarterbacks, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, etc. HOWEVER, you will NOT be able to edit mouthpieces for certain players with generic faces. To fix that you can just edit their faces.
    You can also edit mouthpieces for incoming players in the draft, including draft classes that you import.
    Are they gonna fix the mouthpieces so they all aren’t just white? I created some players in the main menu and would only let me give White mouthpiece, still can’t change color.
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    Fwiw my work around for the Bengals not drafting a QB is to edit Ryan Finley into a beast, I crank his stats up to 99 with superstar x factor before the draft. Annoying but a fix.
    Edit: I should make it clear I edit him back to normal after the draft lol. I made the mistake of not doing that once and I checked the stats 3 games and realized my mistake when he was going off for 15 tds in 3 weeks.
    Can Super Bowl teams now have Pro Bowlers? Obviously they don't play in the game irl, but they still get recognized.
    Pretty ridiculous that my team wins the SB, QB wins MVP and breaks numerous records, and doesn't make the Pro Bowl.
    Teleo
    Just tested an online franchise starting at the wild card weekend and the QB draft logic is not fixed as the Bengals drafted Fields - the falcons were also picking at 3 and not the Dolphins - they were at 4

    Happened to me as well. Inexcusable crap.
    Every year I have to make rookie QBs punters, trade for them, then convert them back and trade them to teams who would realistically draft them.
    Teleo
    Just tested an online franchise starting at the wild card weekend and the QB draft logic is not fixed as the Bengals drafted Fields - the falcons were also picking at 3 and not the Dolphins - they were at 4

    Are we sure this just isn't injury related? Burrow is on the injured list so Finley is the starting QB. It could be that the logic works but only as long as all QBs are healthy.
    I did the same as you and the Bengals drafted Zach Wilson whilst the Cowboys drafted Trey Lance. Each team has their starting QB on IR.
    freeworldboss
    Can Super Bowl teams now have Pro Bowlers? Obviously they don't play in the game irl, but they still get recognized.
    Pretty ridiculous that my team wins the SB, QB wins MVP and breaks numerous records, and doesn't make the Pro Bowl.

    It used to appear in the individual player cards under their XP gain history even if it didn't show them on the actual pro bowl roster. Are you seeing any mention of it in there? I haven't looked at it in this year's game.
    freeworldboss
    Happened to me as well. Inexcusable crap.
    Every year I have to make rookie QBs punters, trade for them, then convert them back and trade them to teams who would realistically draft them.

    Im so happy im not the only one who does crap like this. Its such a pain. NBA2k isnt perfect but its so much easier there, where I can just very quickly switch to a team or turn on force trade to fix things.
    badluck22
    Im so happy im not the only one who does crap like this. Its such a pain. NBA2k isnt perfect but its so much easier there, where I can just very quickly switch to a team or turn on force trade to fix things.

    So many people would enjoy Madden so much more if it had the roster control of 2K. If they added this to '22, they'd barely need to add anything else to make it worth buying imo.
    Mackrel829
    Are we sure this just isn't injury related? Burrow is on the injured list so Finley is the starting QB. It could be that the logic works but only as long as all QBs are healthy.
    I did the same as you and the Bengals drafted Zach Wilson whilst the Cowboys drafted Trey Lance. Each team has their starting QB on IR.

    Possibly - I actually never thought of that
    Mackrel829
    Are we sure this just isn't injury related? Burrow is on the injured list so Finley is the starting QB. It could be that the logic works but only as long as all QBs are healthy.
    I did the same as you and the Bengals drafted Zach Wilson whilst the Cowboys drafted Trey Lance. Each team has their starting QB on IR.

    That's probably the issue.. I always start my CFMs with preexisting injuries OFF and even before the last patch the 2021 real draft class draft in my CFM was pretty spot on, except for maybe the Giants drafting Zach Wilson.. the Jets actually took OL Penei Sewell and are sticking with Darnold.
    Does anyone know where I can find the league history tab they supposedly added? I waited to start my season after downloading the patch, finished out my season, but it’s no where to be found. Thanks!
    Milticket
    Really? Lol I played a game on next gen and thought it played good ( In Madden standards).

    With every update for every sports game, for a certain percentage of people playing the game, gameplay is perceived to have been messed up. I would consider this a Law of videogaming now.
    Hootiefish
    Does anyone know where I can find the league history tab they supposedly added? I waited to start my season after downloading the patch, finished out my season, but it’s no where to be found. Thanks!
    That's not being added till the March update
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    Hootiefish
    Oh, okay. Thanks!
    No problem that one was confusing bc they had it in the notes but said it was being added later
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    Online Franchises are up for me on PC. You guys sure you have the most recent patch, or is there something I'm misunderstanding about what you're trying to do?
    New one I just started to test it:

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