The Madden 21 release date is August 25th for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with a free upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X for buyers. Here’s what you need to know about the Madden 21 gameplay, editions, features, release date, consoles, and more.
There are three Madden 21 editions this year with prices ranging from $59.99 to $99.99 and it is being sold on disc or digitally, but there is an even bigger reason to consider a digital version this year if you plan to upgrade.
Madden 21 Release Date
The Madden 21 release date is August 25th if you pre-order and August 28th if you don’t. We are looking for clarification, since this may be a three-day window for the special editions, and the standard edition may only arrive on August 28th.
The Madden 20 release date landed on July 30th last year for the special edition and on August 2nd for the standard edition.
We expect that you will be able to play Madden 21 up to five days earlier with EA Access.
Madden 21 Price
The base Madden 21 price is $59.99 on the Xbox One and PS4. This is confirmed with a listing on GameStop.
While we could see publishers attempt to raise the base price of games with the Xbox Series X and PS5, that is not the case with Madden 21, at least not yet. If you buy the game on PS4 or Xbox One, you can upgrade to a free copy when you buy a new console. This only works Xbox to Xbox and PlayStation to PlayStation.
EA is also selling a $79.99 Deluxe and a $99.99 MVP edition.
Typically these also allow users to play the full game three days earlier.
- Madden Ultimate Team: pull up for a brand-new season of fresh and fun Ultimate Team content and competitive team building. Earn MUT coins via Ultimate Team challenges and finesse your depth chart via strategic decisions.
- Franchise: play through a full NFL career and leave your legacy as a player, coach or owner with single-player and multiplayer online-connected leagues.
- New Ball-Carrier special moves (skill stick): ball carrier evasive moves are now all on the right stick, offering more control to Link moves together pulling off highlight-rebels combo moves.
- Exhibition: compete in head-to-head online and offline games (single and multi-player) or single player offline against the CPU. Customize your game settings including time of quarters, rules, stadiums, and uniforms.
- New user-friendly pass rush mechanics: feel full control and responsiveness while performing specific pass rush moves. Choose the move you want via a directional stick input with full control to branch to a combo move at any time.
Madden 21 Editions
There are three Madden 21 editions. The base version, an upgraded version, and a premium edition. Here’s a breakdown of you get with each of these editions.
|Madden 21 Pre-Order Bonuses||Madden 21 Standard Edition||Madden 21 Deluxe Edition||Madden 21 MVP Edition|
|3 Days Early Access to Full Game||No||Yes||Yes|
|5 Gold Team Fantasy Packs||Yes||No||No|
|12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs||No||Yes||No|
|17 Gold Team Fantasy Packs||No||No||Yes|
|Choice of 1 out of 32 Team Elite Packs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|1 Large Training Quick Sell Pack||No||Yes||Yes|
|1 MCS Ultimate Champion Pack||No||No||Yes|
|1 Lamar Jackson Elite Item||No||No||Yes|
Here is a closer look at which Madden 21 edition you should buy.
Madden 21 Graphics & Features
EA announced the Madden 21 Xbox Series X release at a special streaming event with Patrick Mahomes, Kanas City Chiefs QB, and in this short video, we get a look at the new Madden 21 graphics.
It’s a quick look at pre-release footage, but it does give you a little bit of an idea of what the graphics will look like on next-gen consoles. You can expect a similar performance on the PS5.
Graphics on the Xbox One and PS4 won’t likely be as sharp, but you can still expect some upgrades.
EA is keeping most new Madden 21 features under wraps, but we can also expect shorter load times on the new consoles, which is great for MUT players grinding through sessions.
Madden 21 Cover
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 21, 2020
The Madden 21 cover athlete is Lamar Jackson, QB for the Baltimore Ravens and NFL MVP.
Madden 21 Consoles
Right now we know that Madden 21 is coming to the Xbox One and the PS4 on current consoles. It is also coming to PC and for the first time it will be on Steam. This may be a great time to buy a new TV.
We also know that it is coming to the Xbox Series X, and the PS5 and you can get a free upgrade. If you buy the disc version of Madden 21 you cannot upgrade it to the digital version on a disc-less console.
We don’t expect Madden 21 for the Nintendo Switch, as that was not announced and there is no chance you get it for the Xbox 360 or the PS3.
Madden 21 Upgrade Offer
When you buy Madden 21 on the Xbox One, you can get a free upgrade to the Series X version. This is not part of the Smart Delivery feature, but a special offer from EA. There is a similar option for the PS5 this fall as well.
To get this offer on the Xbox One to Series X, you need to buy Madden 21 before the end of 2020 and then upgrade to the Xbox Series X before the end of March 2021.
We know that achievements and progress carry over for the Xbox and expect similar carryover for the PS5.
Play Madden 21 Early
We expect that you will be able to play Madden 21 early on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
You’ll need to pay for EA Access on consoles or Origin Access on the PC. We typically see this bonus deliver early access five days before the premium edition release date. That means you may be able to play up to eight days before the standard release.
EA Access is $4.99 a month or $29.99 for a year. Origin Access is the same price, and Origin Access Premier is $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year. With the Premier version, you get the full version of games like Madden 21. Both subscription s offer 10% off games and in-game purchases.
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