Madden 21: Gameplay reveal coming today? Stream announced, news, updates, pre-order, dual entitlement, beta & more

We’ve learned plenty about the upcoming Madden so far, and this stream will cover it all in depth.

EA Play didn’t quite bring what we were hoping for from Madden 21.

Since then we’ve gotten some important details though, and there is still plenty to come.

In tonight’s developer deep dive stream, we’ll likely learn a ton about Madden 21!


Closed Beta coming soon!

The stream has officially announced a closed beta for Madden 21!

While initial plans were for it to begin today, it has been pushed back, but is expected in the next couple weeks.

Beta codes will be accessible in many different ways, and the stream has hinted that almost all players registering so far will be getting in.

Better run defense

The stream has officially started! Our first look into gameplay is on running defense. In an effort to combat what many call the running meta, the developers deep dive has revealed that edge defenders are being improved.

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THE TRENCHES: Better defensive performance on the edges will help limit the powerful rush game in Madden 21

Things like more efficient wide attacks will help edge defenders contain the run game, which will force players to vary things up on offense.

Balancing audibles

Because players would sometimes spam audibles on offense to get an advantageous moment against defenses, audible changes are coming.

These changes include a higher chance of triggering a false start after the 2nd called audible in a row. This will better simulate the confusion a line would go through across so many audibles.

Audibles will now take into account specific players. You can look at the new audible system below!

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PLAN OF ATTACK: How will you move around your most dangerous stars?

These changes will add a lot of depth and counterplay to audibles in Madden 21.

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Coaching adjustments

We’ve all felt it before. Your opponent finds a certain route that just butchers any defensive package you bring to the table.

The traditional response is to take over a safety or corner and try to cut the route off, but that might no longer be necessary.

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COUNTERACT: Coaching adjustments will allow you to customize your zone drops to take away effective routes from your opponent

With enhanced coaching adjustments, players can set their zone drops to better counter specific plays from the opponent.

First real look at gameplay?

So far we have seen very little gameplay.

The trailer gave us one tiny tease, but that’s it.

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LOOKING GOOD: The promo shots have looked amazing, but will the game deliver?

The stream will cover gameplay and some of the new features detailed in the trailer, but we hope to see actual Madden 21 play this time.

Just a few plays to demonstrate the pass rush, skill stick, or physics changes would be huge.

Any news on Franchise Mode?

The neglected younger brother to Madden’s Ultimate Team, Franchise Mode is in desperate need of an overhaul.

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WHAT YEAR IS THIS: This M19 screenshot could be from M20 or M17

From a new UI, to more realistic trades and training experience, the whole mode feels outdated at this point.

Players are crying out for a fresh Franchise Mode experience, but will we get it from EA?

Live now!

The deep dive is now live on Madden’s Twitch channel!

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GAMEPLAY: But what aspects will be on show?

Stay tuned with us here at RealSport as we cover all the biggest moments of the stream Thursday.

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Madden 21 Pre-Order

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AVAILABLE NOW: Madden 21 is already available for pre-order

While it’ll be some time before we finally get to load up Madden 21, it is now available for pre-order with all sorts of different editions and bonuses.

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If tonight’s developer stream impresses, this means you won’t have to wait until release day to reserve your copy.

Dual Entitlement

Some fans are worried Madden 21 is releasing so far ahead of when we expect next gen consoles.

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TWO FOR ONE: Picking up Madden 21 on current gen consoles before Madden 22 means a free upgrade to next gen, a deal also extended to FIFA 21

Thanks to dual entitlement, however, purchasing the game for PS4 or Xbox One will mean a free next gen upgrade. That means you won’t have to wait for next gen consoles to arrive to fire up the newest NFL game.


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