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Madden NFL 21 Patch Available - Includes Gameplay Tuning, New Superstar Abilities, New X-Factor Players & More - Patch Notes

A new Madden NFL 21 game update has arrived today, featuring some gameplay updates, 4 new Super Star Abilities, 3 new X-Factor Players, 12 new Superstar Players, Avatar Customization UI improvements and more.

Check out the patch notes below.

Gameplay Updates:

  • Fixed an issue causing the ball velocity to not always reach the desired speed on some specific QB passing animations
  • Tuning to improve deep zone defenders reaction to crossing routes from a single-receiver side for highly rated defenders
  • Tuning to slow down cut-reaction time for linebackers in man-coverage facing away from the QB
  • Fixed a run-block targeting issue with the Gun Wing Flex Wk Inside Zone play
  • Fixed a rare issue causing QB’s to appear to use an under-pressure pass while not actually being under pressure
  • New Superstar Abilities and Superstar X-Factor update, based on NFL Player’ performance up to this point in the 2020 NFL Season
  • Fixed an issue causing defenders in man coverage vs. a ‘block-and-release’ RB to sometimes instantly switch their assignments to blitz when seeing the RB start to block, resulting in the RB being left uncovered once he would run his route thereafter

Newly Added Superstar Abilities:

  • Film Study – Defenders with this ability will have full vision of plays the offense has run 5 times each quarter; via coach cam.
    • DEV NOTE: Based on the feedback received from the Madden 21 beta, we re-worked this ability to provide more balance across our multiple game modes. One of those adjustments is based on players telling us it was too easy for the ability to activate, making it too powerful. In response, the ability will now require a variable number of repeated offensive play calls before activating. This number will scale up or down based on the current quarter as well as the game’s quarter length settings, with the required amount always being displayed via X-Factor Vision in pre-play. Additionally, defender knowledge of these repeated plays will be wiped out when a quarter ends, giving the offense a bit more leeway with how they run their play-calling.
  • Backlash – Ball carriers with this ability will cause increased fatigue penalties against their tackler when tackled via a non-conservative tackle.
  • Recuperation – Players with this ability will recover from the effects of fatigue at an increased rate between plays.
  • Honorary Lineman – Non-offensive linemen with this ability will frequently win Impact Blocks when blocking defensive backs in the open field

New X-Factor Players:

  • Alvin Kamara, Saints:
    • Satellite X-Factor
    • Juke Box
  • Lavonte David, Buccaneers:
    • Run Stuffer X-Factor
    • Deflator
  • DeForest Buckner, Colts:
    • Unstoppable Force X-Factor
    • Inside Stuff

 New Superstar Players:

  • DK Metcalf, Seahawks:
    • Deep Out Elite
    • Red Zone Threat
  • Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team:
    • Deep In Elite
    • Outside Apprentice
  • Aaron Jones, Packers:
    • Backfield Mismatch
    • Recuperation
  • Calvin Ridley, Falcons:
    • Mid Out Elite
    • Outside Apprentice
  • Darren Waller, Raiders:
    • TE Apprentice
    • Short Out Elite
  • Jamison Crowder, Jets:
    • Mid In Elite
  • Brian Burns, Panthers:
    • Speedster
    • Strip Specialist
  • Myles Jack, Jaguars:
    • Outmatched
    • Deflator
  • Jessie Bates III, Bengals:
    • Deep In Zone KO
    • Acrobat
  • Ali Marpet, Buccaneers:
    • Post Up
    • Secure Protector
  • Jonathan Allen, Washington Football Team:
    • Inside Stuff
    • Run Stopper
  • Josh Allen, Bills:
    • Quickdraw
    • Escape Artist

 One Off Addition:

  • Derrick Henry, Titans
    • Backlash (NEW ABILITY)

Superstar Downgrades:

  • The following players have been downgraded from X-Factors to Superstars
    • Drew Brees, Saints – Pro Reads Ability removed
    • Calais Campbell, Ravens – Unstoppable Force and Edge Threat Abilities removed.
  • The following players are no longer Superstars, losing all abilities
    • Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys
    • Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
    • Zach Ertz, Eagles
    • TY Hilton, Colts
    • Justin Simmons, Broncos
    • Matt Ryan, Falcons
    • Julian Edelman, Patriots
    • Carson Wentz, Eagles
    • Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Football Team
    • Courtland Sutton, Broncos

The Yard Updates:

  • Stability enhancements

Superstar KO Updates:

  • Stability enhancements

User Experience (UX) Updates:

  • Users can now link directly from Avatar customization screens directly to the vanity story by clicking on the Store Advertisement or by Hitting Y/Triangle while viewing individual items

Looking for Madden NFL 21 franchise mode update 2 of 3 details? Well, it’s scheduled to arrive sometime in mid-January. Here are some of the things the team is working on for that update. More details will arrive closer to official release date. All of these franchise mode additions will also be added to the next-gen version of Madden NFL 21.

Personnel Logic Improvements

New guidelines for CPU draft logic to assist teams in whether they should or should not have interest in drafting a first round QB. Addresses teams drafting two first round QBs in consecutive years, along with other roster-context considerations QBs a more authentic window to develop before a replacement is considered to be drafted.

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

Giving commissioners the ability to assign autopilot during the draft, along with pause/resume functionality. 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 and Superstar 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.

The Next Generation of Madden NFL 21 is available on December 4. With Dual Entitlement, buy now, to get next gen Madden NFL 21 FREE*. Upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X/S for FREE and carry your MUT, Franchise modes, and The Yard progress across generations** Read the Dual Entitlement FAQ for more info. */**Conditions apply.

If you missed our Madden NFL 21 next-gen preview, make sure to read it here.

One theme for this virtual event was allowing the player to see and feel what playing Madden 21 is like as a next-gen experience, and that starts with the utilization of the PS5 controller. So, what does that mean? For starters, controller haptics on the DualSense wireless controller for the PS5 means you can sense the pressure of an oncoming blitz, attempting a game-winning field goal or the impact of a perfectly timed hit stick.

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  1. Intrigued by that cut-reaction time for LB's in man.
    And as a Cowboy fan I kinda got a chuckle out of this:
    The following players are no longer Superstars, losing all abilities
    -Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys
    Ooof. So he went from X-factor to no abilities at all? Can't say it's not deserved though, with how far he fell off a cliff.
    New abilities look good. Love the Henry one. The Film Study one makes a lot of sense, especially online where many people just repeat the same play again and again. I think that's a good addition.
    bcruise
    Intrigued by that cut-reaction time for LB's in man.
    And as a Cowboy fan I kinda got a chuckle out of this:
    The following players are no longer Superstars, losing all abilities
    -Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys
    Ooof. So he went from X-factor to no abilities at all? Can't say it's not deserved though, with how far he fell off a cliff.

    Yeah I'm glad Wentz and Ertz finally lost their abilities. Ertz has been hurt, but both of them have been awful this year and don't deserve abilities. Give them to guys that actually make plays.
    yeah but any additions or subtractions to players xfactor or susperstar abilites doesnt affect current online franchises correct? Since we already started
    niftyjets
    yeah but any additions or subtractions to players xfactor or susperstar abilites doesnt affect current online franchises correct? Since we already started

    No because it wouldn't make sense. Each franchise has it's own progression that goes beyond the current ratings so giving abilities to existing franchise players wouldn't really be possible. In some franchises these guys have already retired.
    niftyjets
    yeah but any additions or subtractions to players xfactor or susperstar abilites doesnt affect current online franchises correct? Since we already started

    Yep. Your existing franchise is its own universe - the changes to the rosters, including X-Factor distribution, don't affect it.
    Which probably means you won't see any players with Film study or any of the other new ones until at least the draft, either.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    New abilities look good. Love the Henry one. The Film Study one makes a lot of sense, especially online where many people just repeat the same play again and again. I think that's a good addition.

    is it for current gen or next gen ?
    Does anyone know if there has been any communication with EA about the Qb drop back glitch.
    Where qbs will randomly keep dropping back when underpressure and taking a sack for large yardage loss.
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    Went to equip the new “backlash” ability on Henry in my existing franchise and it’s labeled as “pass lead elite” it has the same description so I’m hoping it works same in game.
    Also, trying to equip Patrick Ricard with “honorary offensive linemen” and it’s not an option.
    tyler28
    Does anyone know if there has been any communication with EA about the Qb drop back glitch.
    Where qbs will randomly keep dropping back when underpressure and taking a sack for large yardage loss.
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    If it’s not in the patch notes they probably didn’t fix it unfortunately. Love how they say “our updates are based on community feedback” and yet, they haven’t fixed a glitch as talked about as this one. They should also fix Ai passing because the CPU has no ability to pass the football down the field ��
    Interesting Drew Brees lost his Xfactor when Tom Brady kept his. Was hoping to see some franchise tuning to dev trait regression or at least some transparency when players do lose it whether lack of production or age.
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    Not much here that gets me excited unless there is something hidden behind the scenes they aren't talking about with the gameplay tuning. The linebacker thing is good.
    Beyond the bugs this game was much better OOB in my opinion. QB's were so varied and there was no dropback glitch. I wanted to play it constantly.
    Way more scrambling and throwing away in the right situations.
    As the patches have piled up I play and have some good games but just more and more that are not fun. The CPU play is way less varied. Less scrambling. Less shots downfield.
    I'd go back but my freakin PS4 constantly updates the game even if though I have it marked as not to update. And I can't go offline either. I'm thinking of reinstalling and not updating to just play for a little bit and see if I am remembering wrong.
    Can someone who has played with patch give a gameplay impression I'm hoping they balanced everything out again and restored runners moves...
    Looking for some clarification on the new Film Study ability. Is the trigger condition:
    A - the opposing offense calls one single unique play 5 times in a quarter, or
    B - the opposing offense calls any previously-called play 5 times in a quarter (so it could be repeating Play A once, Play B once, and Play C three times)
    Thanks!
    bcruise
    Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys
    Ooof. So he went from X-factor to no abilities at all? Can't say it's not deserved though, with how far he fell off a cliff.

    It's wildly undeserved according to Pro Football Focus. The site has Lawrence graded as the third-highest edge defender in the league in 2020, behind only Khalil Mack and T.J. Watt.
    Ezekiel Elliott, however? Please take all of his abilities away.
    CM Hooe
    It's wildly undeserved according to Pro Football Focus. The site has Lawrence graded as the third-highest edge defender in the league in 2020, behind only Khalil Mack and T.J. Watt.
    Ezekiel Elliott, however? Please take all of his abilities away.

    This team doesn't value PFF information at all. Their ratings and abilities are determined completely at their discretion and "tape study"
    Ertz loses his ability because he’s been hurt, but Derwin James, Von Miller doesn’t? I don’t understand the logic. Especially Derwin James because he was hurt most of last year too
    eslimm
    Ertz loses his ability because he’s been hurt, but Derwin James, Von Miller doesn’t? I don’t understand the logic. Especially Derwin James because he was hurt most of last year too

    There’s no logic and it’s arbitrary. The ratings team does as they see fit regardless of empirical data
    Small Impression after the patch... CPU plays defense a tad bit better. I can see LB's and CB closing in on my WR which is a good thing...QB throws the ball away under pressure which is decent. Now here comes the not so good. CPU logic is still brain dead right before the half they are driving down the field at my 40 and they have 2 timeouts you guess it they let the clock run out without calling 1 time out geez just dumb!
    Please fix the CPU logic EA!!
    tyberious4now
    Small Impression after the patch... CPU plays defense a tad bit better. I can see LB's and CB closing in on my WR which is a good thing...QB throws the ball away under pressure which is decent. Now hear comes the not so good. CPU logic is still brain dead right before the half they are driving down the field at my 40 and they have 2 timeouts you guess it they let the clock run out without calling 1 time out geez just dumb!
    Please fix the CPU logic EA!!

    This is so hit or miss. Sometimes they realize what's going on and play like the end of a half or game, and others it seems like the hurry up offense dosen't trigger or something. It's annoying.
    eslimm
    Ertz loses his ability because he’s been hurt, but Derwin James, Von Miller doesn’t? I don’t understand the logic. Especially Derwin James because he was hurt most of last year too

    This probably got skipped over by most gamers, but with how high they are rated (positional rating wise), having/losing these abilities is not that big of a deal as those high ratings will still play out within the formulas etc...
    PhillyPhanatic14
    This team doesn't value PFF information at all. Their ratings and abilities are determined completely at their discretion and "tape study"

    The team does consider PFF's grades, but not consistently.
    I went through and adusted x-factors league wide about a month ago in my CFM using the roster I released. Most are based on the last 3 seasons (like the ratings used), except for the rookies of course:
    https://1drv.ms/x/s!AghAoHIeEMGM4G0EbGza3crk7alB?e=7kMPob
    Kevin Byard hasn't made a play all season - his Superstar should be given to Jeffery Simmons, who is the Titans best defender in 2020 by a good margin.
    It's kind of weird the Titans elite offense is not recognized with something outside of Henry. Like, Saffold is probably deserving as a run blocker. AJ Brown is an absolute YAC monster. Tannehill is borderline and has been performing like a top 5 QB for a good amount of time now.
    eslimm
    Ertz loses his ability because he’s been hurt, but Derwin James, Von Miller doesn’t? I don’t understand the logic. Especially Derwin James because he was hurt most of last year too

    Derwin James has a recurring twitch series where he plays Madden against celebrities. They are not going to strip abilities from one of their current spokesmen.
    IlluminatusUIUC
    Derwin James has a recurring twitch series where he plays Madden against celebrities. They are not going to strip abilities from one of their current spokesmen.

    Good reminder of how marketing plays into their ratings/abilities decisions. Remember also that Tyreek Hill - the most dynamic athlete in the NFL - had 0 abilities in Madden 20 because he got some bad press about an apparent crime he wasn't found guilty of. They can talk about grinding tape and following metrics, but at the end of the day these ratings and abilities are all about marketability and selling more games.
    PVarck31
    This is so hit or miss. Sometimes they realize what's going on and play like the end of a half or game, and others it seems like the hurry up offense dosen't trigger or something. It's annoying.

    I wish it would trigger hurry-up offense for the CPU a lot earlier when they are down multiple possessions. And get rid of code where they will go out of their way to call a timeout at 1:01 left that has seemingly stayed in the game for about a decade now lol
    bcruise
    Yep. Your existing franchise is its own universe - the changes to the rosters, including X-Factor distribution, don't affect it.
    Which probably means you won't see any players with Film study or any of the other new ones until at least the draft, either.
    They have Everything
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    Not sure if its related to this patch, but CPU big hits where they launch themselves at the ball carrier are out of control. Six forced fumbles in my last game, even ball protect didn't help.
    What happened to off the ball injuries I'm not seeing them anymore. Do offensive linemen still get injured? Did they turn down injuries? I noticed this previous to this latest patch.
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    Haha next game after I posted this I had an o line injury. I must of went like 8 games without seeing any though.
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    TDKing
    Haha next game after I posted this I had an o line injury. I must of went like 8 games without seeing any though.
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    I play with injuries on 50 and see a good amount.
    Played a few play now games and the crowd was booing constantly every game. The regular reactions were there too but like “4th int of the game for the home team” boo was firing after basically every play. Awesome.

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