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Madden NFL 21 Reveals The Yard For Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mobile Devices

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Madden NFL 21 Reveals The Yard For Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mobile Devices

We talked about what The Yard might be for Madden NFL 21 last month, but EA has officially confirmed the new mode today, with some details and a mobile trailer.

The brand new dynamic mode allows players to experience backyard football with fast-paced, small-sided gameplay. In this new feature, players will be able to create a custom, one-of-a-kind avatar to outfit in gear, unlike any seen in Madden NFL before. Pull off game changing trick plays, such as behind the back throws and double passes; and execute wild gameplay moments to win in new field locations around the globe.

While the trailer that released today is for the mobile version of Madden NFL 21, it is also set to arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC at launch.

Starting today in the all-new Madden NFL 21 Mobile app, players can kick off their experience and create their avatar in The Yard: Underground to begin earning rewards by playing a single-player, narrative journey with 5-on-5 football gameplay.

When Madden NFL 21 launches on August 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, gameplay in The Yard will center on 6-on-6 backyard-inspired football with the option for players to play solo, online co-op vs. the CPU or online head-to-head multiplayer in teams of one, two, or three players.

While the gameplay on mobile and console is different, the goal in The Yard and The Yard: Underground remains the same, get the “W” with style. Plus, players can connect* their accounts and seamlessly access their one-of-a-kind avatar, gear, in-game currency, and Madden Rank via a shared inventory system in The Yard: Underground on mobile and The Yard all year long.

House rules are the name of the game and creativity after the snap is where The Yard’s all-new gameplay takes full effect. New animations lead to momentum-shifting moments, where players can run up the score with extended play combinations. In the Gillette Style Zone, players will be able to customize their avatar, including facial hair, hairstyle and more, to express their individuality. Visiting the Gear Store allows players to outfit their avatar in fresh looks, with exclusive new gear drops planned all season long. Players will also develop their own playstyle as they rack up wins in The Yard, all while earning experience points, rewards and competing in new field locations with unique vibes and varied rule sets.

Download the Madden NFL 21 Mobile today in the App Store or via Google Play to jump into The Yard: Underground to get started and take on solo challenges. For players eager to see more of The Yard on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, tune in August 13 to the Madden NFL 21 social channels for a deeper look.

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.

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  1. SolidSquid
    Gameplay wise looks like the Wii version of madden that one year. Madden 11 maybe

    This looks like the non-sim stuff that 2k is supposed to be creating. Looks horrible.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    This looks like the non-sim stuff that 2k is supposed to be creating. Looks horrible.

    Eh I’m hoping “sim” just means they can’t do an NFL schedule or use NFL teams. Really hoping they just use real players for an APF/Ultimate Team type game with realistic gameplay and a good franchise mode, but that’s another discussion
    UFCMPunk
    The old bring back a feature as something new. This was from Madden 11 on the Wii. This isn't going to set well with Franchise players seeing how resources went toward this and not Franchise Mode.

    Nothing sits well with franchise players right now, let's be honest lol. At this point nobody should be surprised to see them look for more ways to reach the casual crowd. MUT is successful with the casuals. SS KO was massive with casuals. Of course they're going to keep looking for ways to get the casual crowd and generate more revenue through mtx.
    Franchise players - and I'm one of them - would be naive to not expect that at this point.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    This looks like the non-sim stuff that 2k is supposed to be creating. Looks horrible.
    On mobile, it sure does, but I think on a console it migh actually look pretty cool. Too bad it's supposed to only be an online/multiplayer mode.
    Executor
    On mobile, it sure does, but I think on a console it migh actually look pretty cool. Too bad it's supposed to only be an online/multiplayer mode.

    I'm pretty sure the video stated it will be single/multiplayer on consoles. I would hope it's offline if it's single player, I guess we will hear soon.
    So I watched an EricRayweather vid on YouTube where he was going over 'The Yard' on Madden mobile and I'm ashamed to admit that I'd actually play that offline. *sigh*
    I am thrilled that franchise gets the shaft yearly for these modes that no one was clamoring for.
    Just imagine the alternate universe where MUT is never introduced in Madden and it has one of the deepest franchise experiences every year. Nice.
    I loathe that this company gets to keep a titanium grip on producing 'simulation' football games for the NFL. Let any other company make a simulation version of the NFL experience and you can gladly have your My Madden Ultimate Team 202- every year with new arcade modes that are jammed full of micro-transactions. Hate that this company is so damn greedy they won't even let anyone else make an attempt at a real football sim yet they constantly lie to our face and talk about setting up a foundation for the sim modes.
    I tried played the yard on madden mobile yesterday and God is it bad. I don't understand how anyone could play defense with touch controls.
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    XtremeDunkz
    I tried played the yard on madden mobile yesterday and God is it bad. I don't understand how anyone could play defense with touch controls.
    Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk

    You’re not supposed to lol. It’s supposed to be a shoot out
    So will there be a single-player, offline option or not?
    Man, some nuances of the English language are hard to sort through when it's 11:30 p.m. and you're half asleep following a damn hard day at work...
    Somebody please give me a straight anwer: YES - NO.
    l8knight1
    Rayweather posted another Yard video, and it includes uni/equip customization, INCLUDING MOUTHPIECES.

    I think the issue with mouth pieces have been fitting them onto players who have had their scans done. Where as in the Yard, they are generic made players.
    @Equipment_Guru has been dead silent about any equipment additions on this upcoming game. Either he wants to catch people by surprise or we wont see any new equipment additions on Madden 21. Unfortunately, I'm thinking the latter.
    XtremeDunkz
    I tried played the yard on madden mobile yesterday and God is it bad. I don't understand how anyone could play defense with touch controls.
    Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk

    it works with an xbox one controller too
    cribszn004
    I think the issue with mouth pieces have been fitting them onto players who have had their scans done. Where as in the Yard, they are generic made players.
    @Equipment_Guru has been dead silent about any equipment additions on this upcoming game. Either he wants to catch people by surprise or we wont see any new equipment additions on Madden 21. Unfortunately, I'm thinking the latter.

    The issue is we had it, they took it away, blamed it on limitations now are blaming it on face scans when majority of players don’t even have face scans especially after a couple year in franchise mode.
    mdurd2817
    I would like to see the creation/edit options in the trailer make it in to franchise mode.

    Hey, how dare you bring up something to EA that makes total sense and would be easy to do? :headbang2
    I would really like to be a fly on the wall at EA creative team and executive board meetings. I would really love to know who is up there making these decisions and getting head nods. I envision Monty Burns in the board room coming up with these ideas and then a bunch of Smithers sitting there saying "Excellent" job sir. They could have just as easy gave us the Stadium Builder from before and then added this mode for a $9.99 download 1 month after release and found a middle ground for us. Instead this is what they do. If I don't hear something substantial in the next 2 weeks, I'm bypassing this game. I still find joy in Madden 17 enough to be fine without it. 
    I actually commend them for this in one way. I think there are enough people that want another NFL Street game and it seems like they are at least branching out. 
    The problem is 2 fold though.
    1. Theres enough legacy  things that need to be done before branching into something new and when you do this, it only puts a real bright spotlight on those issues because the customer will be super quick to throw it in your face that resources were spent wrong.
    2. I reaaaaaaallly hope I'm wrong but history tells me this will probably be half baked and shallow. Ie volta in fifa, women included in fifa/nba live. This needs to have an engaging single player mode like the original nfl street or you are just going to aggravate the single player crowd that's already mad about point number 1.
    cribszn004
    I think the issue with mouth pieces have been fitting them onto players who have had their scans done. Where as in the Yard, they are generic made players.
    @Equipment_Guru has been dead silent about any equipment additions on this upcoming game. Either he wants to catch people by surprise or we wont see any new equipment additions on Madden 21. Unfortunately, I'm thinking the latter.

    I think you're correct about the difficulties implementing mouthpieces. IIRC, he mentioned that it's tough to get the mouthpieces to move appropriately as the player's mouth shifts positions.
    Unfortunately, I didn't really notice any equipment additions or changes in the beta. Maybe some new gloves, but that was about it. With how passionate he is about equipment, though, I'm confident Dustin/Kane/Equipment Guru will be able to get something in by launch or in an early patch.
    Even if this isn't the year for mouthpices, there are certainly a lot of other things that would be welcome additions/changes: multiple options for towel placement, shooter sleeves with padding on the elbow, some of the new thigh pad designs being worn around the league, etc..
    so if they are going this route.....they couldn't bring back NFL Street (with updated rosters) or Madden Arcade (with updated rosters) ? really? SMH. this is so weak. hey EA, NOBODY cares about the yard (or superstar ko mode-are they bring that back again too?) . i'll play NFL Street or Madden Arcade instead of this mess, thank you very much. EA, please do us a favor and stick to simulation, which you have the exclusive  license on lockdown at the moment.
    NoleFan
    So I watched an EricRayweather vid on YouTube where he was going over 'The Yard' on Madden mobile and I'm ashamed to admit that I'd actually play that offline. *sigh*

    As someone that played a ton of KO Superstar, I’ll play The Yard online. But I never play that mode in team mode. Maybe this will do what Chel and The One did for me in NHL 20 andLive 19, which finally got me into the online team mode for that game.
    Man 2k really scares EA and rightfully so. They spent all this time building a new game mode to possibly directly compare to 2k's game. Talk about a risky move. Apples to apples really makes it easy to call one or the other game out. This will bring down their game if the yard mode stinks. Should have focused on franchise and made core Madden better IMO. Specially going into a new generation.

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