Our writers witnessed both positive signs and negative issues from the Madden NFL 21 beta, so reading the latest Madden NFL 21 Gridiron Notes featuring playbook and AI gameplay updates is a breath of fresh air.
Improving all elements of the run defense was a major point of emphasis, but they also evaluated and made improvements to formation alignments, pass coverage and playbooks. On offense, the team looked to improve the AI awareness in clock management, especially in end-of-half and end-of-game situations.
NFL Live Playbooks 2.0 will feature increased amounts of team playbook updates from title updates, as they evolve throughout the season. This includes updated schemes from specific coaches. On defense, the focus was to make them more unique by focusing on including the primary formations that each team uses in real life, so AI-controlled teams play to their strengths.
Many of us saw the pass coverage issues in the Madden NFL 21 beta, so it’s good to see pass coverage is still being looked at.
Love the following lines, I just hope it holds true, through all of the patches.
We’ve heard it before, but I definitely saw it in the beta. Lamar Jackson does not play like Tom Brady. When in the face of pressure, I saw Lamar take off running, that isn’t happening with Brady. In Madden NFL 20, you almost never saw the AI QB take off and run, so it was refreshing to see it in the beta.
There’s a lot to like in this Gridiron Notes, so make sure to read the full article here.
Madden NFL 21 launches on August 28, or 3 days earlier by pre-ordering the MVP Edition. EA SPORTS also offers Dual Entitlement, creating ways for players who purchase either an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 to upgrade their copy of Madden NFL 21 from prior generation Xbox One or PlayStation 4 platforms, at no additional cost.
This offer will be in place all the way through the Madden NFL 21 season, up to the release of Madden NFL 22, so players can upgrade whenever they first purchase their new console within that period. Of note, physical discs cannot currently be used to upgrade to discless consoles.