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Madden NFL 21 Patch 1.13 Available, Features Gameplay, MUT, Franchise & Presentation Updates - Patch Notes

While briefly mentioned yesterday, Madden NFL 21 game update 1.13 was released earlier today for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (Origin/Steam).

Check out the patch notes below, from the latest Gridiron Notes. It includes updates for gameplay, MUT, franchise and presentation.

Gameplay Updates:

  • Fixed an issue causing user-controlled QBs to sometimes automatically throw to a receiver directly following the snap.
    • DEV NOTE: While we fixed a version of this in a previous update, community feedback made us aware of an additional version. In this case, if a user had spammed a catch-mechanic on the previous play, in some cases that button-input data could carry over to the following play when holding the snap button for a longer period of time. We’re confident this specific bug was the culprit for those still impacted.
  • Resolved the issue with the ‘Ball-Stuck-In-Hand’ celebration triggering too frequently
  • Tuning to the Bench Press Ability so that it will no longer apply fatigue penalties on running plays; also reduced the overall amount of fatigue impact when a receiver gets pressed in man coverage
    • DEV NOTE: One thing we want to make our players aware of relative to this ability (as well as many other abilities), is that as ratings increase, the overall impact will naturally decrease. Specific to Bench Press, as players’ stamina ratings increase, so does their fatigue recovery rate. This will lead to the ability becoming less effective over time within modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.
  • Addressed an issue causing a thrown pass to rarely warp back to a defender in a Strip Attempt
  • Fixed a rare issue causing the ball carrier to freeze during a fake-out vs. a defender
  • Fixed the receiver icons not appearing and the pitch sometimes falling short resulting in a fumble on the HB Toss Pass play
  • Removed the ‘Pass Rush On-Field Trainer’ overhead display in multiplayer practice to allow for easier multi-controller labbing
  • Fixed a blocking interaction issue resulting in a graphical error
  • General Stability fixes

Madden Ultimate Team Updates:

  • Fixed a rare crash when viewing “Search Trade Results”
  • When selecting the highest difficulty on a Solo Challenge, you will be defaulted to that difficulty when selecting “Play Next Challenge”
  • Several UI enhancements to help with text readability

Franchise Updates:

  •  Face of the Franchise Updates:
    • General stability improvements
  •  Franchise Updates:
    • General stability improvements
    • Significantly reduced the amount of ties that could result from Simulated games
    • The ‘Draft Bar’ interface will remain visible during the Draft when navigating between menus
    • Fixed an issue with the ‘Team’ tab disappearing for users when exiting a game

Presentation Updates:

  • Multiple Teams Oakley visor tab colors updated to the colors they are using this season

For those of you looking for bigger franchise mode updates, the first of three scheduled updates are set to arrive in mid-November. You will not be required to restart your franchise, when these updates arrive.

Here’s a list of community requests the team is currently implementing and testing. Keep that in mind, as things could change, the closer we get to release.

  • X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization: This highly requested feature by the community allows commissioners to assign X-Factors to any player via the edit player feature. Once a player has met the criteria to unlock an X-Factor ability, commissioners will be able to edit their player’s Superstar abilities and Superstar X-Factor ability by selecting from those available within his position group. Users will have control over this functionality in both offline and online Franchises.
  • Player Card Career Stats UI: A top community request for several years now, the team is revamping the statistics on the player card to include more context in season stats, like week, opponent, and outcome, while also providing what team the player was on for every year of their career.
  • Dev Trait Regression Tuning: The team is doing tuning work to player development traits in Franchise mode to ensure a proper balance of Superstar and X-Factor players when progressing multiple years in a Franchise.
  • Playoff Bracket: A visual playoff bracket will be added into the game that reflects the new Wild Card format, allowing users to see the full playoff picture.

EA provided some other post-launch Madden NFL 21 franchise mode updateslast month, as well as details on the very early stages for Madden NFL 22 updates for franchise mode.

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  1. Welp.... there goes those near-perfect sliders I finally had.
    I know the patch is not really affecting gameplay but every patch affects the sliders in someway.
    I wonder where there whole games as a service type mantra that this may be the new normal. Many more patches, maybe not weekly like they've been but more common.
    Will make slider creation much more difficult. I'm trying not to go down that rabbit hole too much.
    As long as I have competitive games and the better team wins more than not I am just dealing with the things that aren't perfect.
    niftyjets
    What exactly does the bench press ability do?
    Just to piggy back off what someone else said. This ability got out of hand with all of the competitive, YT and Twitch players using it on ultimate team. And it being easy to acquire.
    They'd press everyone and put the CB over the top, so even if you had the CB beat the fatigue sets in and the WR makes a horrible attempt to catch. Easy interception, which is huge in short head to head games.
    Literally every person you'd play would press and there's only a hand full of plays that incorporate motioning to counter it.
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    Think they’ll ever patch the captains patch’s staying at one star. I don’t get why they mess with stuff that worked before. Also anyone else hate that we can’t edit how the QB stands before the ball his hiked another small feature that shouldn’t have been taken out.
    Milticket
    No, I looked and didn't see the option still.

    Thanks! Hopefully, they have it in the franchise update... Haven't bought M21 and seeing what improvements they make...
    So far so good. I love that you can finally see what rush moves you are using with the defensive lineman. If it was there before I didn't notice it. You can't tell me that there are other fixes not included in the list because the tackling keeps getting better and wide receiver animations have improved, especially on slants.
    lions2k9
    What is this.. the 6th patch now? I’ve lost count.

    They don't fix things?
    Boo, EA sucks.
    They fix things but hold on for bigger quarterly patches?
    Boo. EA takes too long to fix things. They suck.
    They fix things frequently?
    Boo. Look how often they're fixing things.
    Some of you guys take your video games very seriously. :nocomprende:
    lions2k9
    What is this.. the 6th patch now? I’ve lost count.

    It’s numbered. This is 13th so 1.13. If we keep up at this pace maybe we get Madden 21 v2.0
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    SmashMan
    They don't fix things?
    Boo, EA sucks.
    They fix things but hold on for bigger quarterly patches?
    Boo. EA takes too long to fix things. They suck.
    They fix things frequently?
    Boo. Look how often they're fixing things.
    Some of you guys take your video games very seriously. :nocomprende:

    Few people like to buy broken products at full price.
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    EA Play trial version is still broken. This has obviously been done deliberately and shows complete contempt for the people who buy EAPlay. Or maybe it’s just indicative of this years entire game.
    cirespieler
    It’s numbered. This is 13th so 1.13. If we keep up at this pace maybe we get Madden 21 v2.0

    We already have a title for that update, it’s called Madden 22! (I couldn’t help myself).
    SmashMan
    They don't fix things?
    Boo, EA sucks.
    They fix things but hold on for bigger quarterly patches?
    Boo. EA takes too long to fix things. They suck.
    They fix things frequently?
    Boo. Look how often they're fixing things.
    Some of you guys take your video games very seriously. :nocomprende:

    I ask how many it’s been and this is your response? Yikes.
    lions2k9
    I ask how many it’s been and this is your response? Yikes.

    To be fair it tells you the number of updates Madden is on in the title of thread. So I can see how your comment can be taken as a troll or rip on EA.
    RogerDodger
    EA Play trial version is still broken. This has obviously been done deliberately and shows complete contempt for the people who buy EAPlay. Or maybe it’s just indicative of this years entire game.

    Ok, I thought that was just me. It says it can't connect to EA Servers, even though I'm online. Then it goes to the main menu, but won't let me select anything.
    Anaxamander
    Ok, I thought that was just me. It says it can't connect to EA Servers, even though I'm online. Then it goes to the main menu, but won't let me select anything.

    After last weeks game, I had the itch to play with TB. I still had 4 hours left on my trial so I turned it on and the exact same thing happened to me. Couldnt connect to the servers or select anything. After resetting my modem, and reinstalling the entire game and EA play I went out and brought M21 from Walmart. :brickwall
    lions2k9
    What is this.. the 6th patch now? I’ve lost count.

    I lost count too but its getting crazy lol and there are tons more to come lol weare at number 13 lol 1.13?? Anyway we might get to madden 22 lol
    Milticket
    To be fair it tells you the number of updates Madden is on in the title of thread. So I can see how your comment can be taken as a troll or rip on EA.

    I honestly didn’t realize that .13 means the 13th patch. However, there’s nothing fair about the poster’s response to my comment. Basically just generalized to being a *****.. and I take this stuff too seriously? Lol
    lions2k9
    I honestly didn’t realize that .13 means the 13th patch. However, there’s nothing fair about the poster’s response to my comment. Basically just generalized to being a *****.. and I take this stuff too seriously? Lol

    Come on, man....I know you're not new here. People like to use the number of patches the game experiences within an arbitrary amount of time to demonstrate how broken the game is and how incompetent, greedy, lazy, -insert negative character trait here- EA are. It's a long-standing, traditional method of dunking on them...been happening for years
    If that's not what you were doing, then awesome. But the guy replying to you wasn't coming out of left field with his assumptions and response, either
    Anaxamander
    Ok, I thought that was just me. It says it can't connect to EA Servers, even though I'm online. Then it goes to the main menu, but won't let me select anything.

    That’s the one, they broke it with the previous patch and obviously can’t be bothered fixing it even though people pay for this service.
    Is the fumbling *ridiculous* for anyone else since this update? Played one game in my franchise, two RB fumbles and two QB fumbles. Tried playing FOTF and my QB is fumbling anytime he takes a hit as well. These are just on regular tackles and hits, not huge ones.
    tg88forHOF
    Come on, man....I know you're not new here. People like to use the number of patches the game experiences within an arbitrary amount of time to demonstrate how broken the game is and how incompetent, greedy, lazy, -insert negative character trait here- EA are. It's a long-standing, traditional method of dunking on them...been happening for years

    Pretty much. We've all been around here a while, and we've seen a lot of the almost passive-aggressive 'how many patches have they released?' posts since EA started calling Madden a "live service" game and shifted to a bunch of smaller updates throughout the game's cycle.
    tg88forHOF
    If that's not what you were doing, then awesome. But the guy replying to you wasn't coming out of left field with his assumptions and response, either

    This is also true. If I misread it and took the wrong implication from his post, that's on me. If not...:nocomprende:
    nicklibertine
    Is the fumbling *ridiculous* for anyone else since this update? Played one game in my franchise, two RB fumbles and two QB fumbles. Tried playing FOTF and my QB is fumbling anytime he takes a hit as well. These are just on regular tackles and hits, not huge ones.
    I've seen an uptick in fumbles but they've mostly been the runner was down and reversed variety.
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    tg88forHOF
    Come on, man....I know you're not new here. People like to use the number of patches the game experiences within an arbitrary amount of time to demonstrate how broken the game is and how incompetent, greedy, lazy, -insert negative character trait here- EA are. It's a long-standing, traditional method of dunking on them...been happening for years
    If that's not what you were doing, then awesome. But the guy replying to you wasn't coming out of left field with his assumptions and response, either

    Doesn’t matter if the poster is coming out of left field or not, and I didn’t think that they were. It’s humorous that it’s ok for me to start getting crapped on and generalized for their assumption.
    Even if I want to rip Tiburon, so what? I get lumped in with people who feel every single thing Tiburon does sucks? It’s a silly response by them.
    Not trying to derail this thread. Carry on.
    lions2k9
    Doesn’t matter if the poster is coming out of left field or not, and I didn’t think that they were. It’s humorous that it’s ok for me to start getting crapped on and generalized for their assumption.
    Even if I want to rip Tiburon, so what? I get lumped in with people who feel every single thing Tiburon does sucks? It’s a silly response by them.
    Not trying to derail this thread. Carry on.

    I don't think anyone is lumping you in with anything and I think it's okay for you to feel frustrated for feeling like you were.
    I think you've made it clear, he mischaracterized your post and knowing him, he feel's bad about it and he's apologized if that's the case.
    It was nothing more than a wrong place, wrong time thing for everyone. You asked a question which as it turns out, was 100% innocent. While he quoted you, his response was really aimed at the many who have used that comment as an insult to the game and from the years I've been here, it was an accurate post. Just unfortunately quoted the wrong person.
    I have no doubt that he has nothing against you as you've always been a straight shooter. Just a misunderstanding on all sides.
    We all want the same thing and sometimes it comes out at wrong times. Your both great posters. I'd call it a one off mistake.
    Downloaded the patch and played a game in franchise. Still quite a few drops on wide open receivers. After the game, my 3rd string running back was standing in the coach’s office in full gear. Got some real close shots of his butt when the camera rotates. Luckily, he lead all running backs in squats at the combine last off-season. Smh.
    One of the things that I've seen post patch, at least on All-Madden, is that CPU running back AI is really stellar now. They use all the moves, and most importantly always seem to run to daylight now instead or running back inside into tacklers. If you don't have stout run defenders in the middle of your defense, and I don't, you're going to get chewed up on the ground unless you're putting 8 or even 9 in the box.
    oneamongthefence
    They updated Darnel Savage of the Packers. It's still a generic head but it looks better. And I believe it's new.
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    They did but they somehow broke Kenny Clark.
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    jfsolo
    One of the things that I've seen post patch, at least on All-Madden, is that CPU running back AI is really stellar now. They use all the moves, and most importantly always seem to run to daylight now instead or running back inside into tacklers. If you don't have stout run defenders in the middle of your defense, and I don't, you're going to get chewed up on the ground unless you're putting 8 or even 9 in the box.
    I'll have to check am then cause on all pro only one game I saw the exact opposite.
    Unless it was just this particular RB. Need a few more games maybe.
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    TDKing
    I'll have to check am then cause on all pro only one game I saw the exact opposite.
    Unless it was just this particular RB. Need a few more games maybe.
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    I'm seeing the same issue at times (AM). The cpu running back will have a clear running lane forward and all of sudden they start weird herky jerky cutting & go east an west & run directly into defenders. In talking like part the ocean type running lane, like daylight for days running lane. It's inconceivable that this is still an issue. It's interesting how some are saying the cpu run game is better & others are seeing well what I'm talking about. This happened while I was playing vs Barkley of the Giants. While it doesn't happen all the time when you see it kinda takes you back to how bad certain areas of this series is at times.
    Post-update i had to put my AP franchise on hold. I went from having to try my hardest to win to not even having to pick plays on defense.
    I don't control anyone on defense and I'm getting 5-10 sacks a half with 2-3 fumbles. CPU receivers don't get open and the QB is throwing for 35-50% and hasn't eclipsed 100yds in a half yet.
    The CPU ball carriers are much better. I think the patch is great but requires new sliders, at least for me. I don't have time to figure it out so I'll wait for Armor since I'm using his sliders. My CPU RB has gone from 4-5ypc to 7-10ypc. I can just call run plays everytime and let the CPU control my RB and March down the field.
    With my set and the patch the game has become completely unplayable. At least for my playstyle where I only control the QB.
    One thing that is frustrating me, but in a good way, is that the CPU double teams Aaron Donald 80% of the time on passing plays no matter where I line him up. Since the rest of my pass rushers are mediocre I'm having a hard time getting pressure, it's a great challenge.
    jfsolo
    One of the things that I've seen post patch, at least on All-Madden, is that CPU running back AI is really stellar now. They use all the moves, and most importantly always seem to run to daylight now instead or running back inside into tacklers. If you don't have stout run defenders in the middle of your defense, and I don't, you're going to get chewed up on the ground unless you're putting 8 or even 9 in the box.
    All-Madden has felt amazing post-patch and you usually never hear me say that about All-Madden. Played Browns Colts today and it felt like an actual NFL game for once even though I won 24-7. It was a close grind the whole time until the final drive.
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    Sorry if this has been asked previously but how do you tell which patch version of M21 you have? I play on XB1X and I have it set keep my games auto updated.
    Thanks.
    scitychamps87
    All-Madden has felt amazing post-patch and you usually never hear me say that about All-Madden. Played Browns Colts today and it felt like an actual NFL game for once even though I won 24-7. It was a close grind the whole time until the final drive.
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    Were you playing at default or with sliders?
    I took a quick look this morning at AM default and was very surprised at how good it felt.
    zeroice
    I lost count too but its getting crazy lol and there are tons more to come lol weare at number 13 lol 1.13?? Anyway we might get to madden 22 lol

    lots of games have patches and as long as it improves the game, whats the problem. You said you didn't purchase the game this year so you should be good.
    SmashMan
    They don't fix things?
    Boo, EA sucks.
    They fix things but hold on for bigger quarterly patches?
    Boo. EA takes too long to fix things. They suck.
    They fix things frequently?
    Boo. Look how often they're fixing things.
    Some of you guys take your video games very seriously. :nocomprende:

    Thank you. Some folks complain just to complain. I would not doubt if a lot of the complainers do not have the game. You should see the EA facebook page, nothing but trolls.
    noplace
    Anyone know if they corrected Washington's endzones? Should be Burgundy not Gold

    Dumb question, but do we know if they’re aware of it? I’ve seen it mentioned here a few times, but we know OS isn’t (forums in general aren’t) the hot spot for feedback it once was. Has anyone reached out to EA about it on Twitter?
    SmashMan
    Dumb question, but do we know if they’re aware of it? I’ve seen it mentioned here a few times, but we know OS isn’t (forums in general aren’t) the hot spot for feedback it once was. Has anyone reached out to EA about it on Twitter?

    I have no idea..
    SmashMan
    Dumb question, but do we know if they’re aware of it? I’ve seen it mentioned here a few times, but we know OS isn’t (forums in general aren’t) the hot spot for feedback it once was. Has anyone reached out to EA about it on Twitter?

    It's always confused me, these guys who make the game must surely play it as well. Why would something as simple as an incorrect end zone not be picked up by them.
    RogerDodger
    It's always confused me, these guys who make the game must surely play it as well. Why would something as simple as an incorrect end zone not be picked up by them.

    Not trying to explain why (because obviously I don’t know), just trying to nudge anyone who cares about it to reach out on Twitter or send a note to EA’s support to pass on, where it’s at least more likely to be seen than just posting here.

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