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EA Play delayed, NFL Madden gets improved deal for Xbox Series X adopters

Published: 23:04, 05 June 2020
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It's a mixed bag of news coming from EA this week as the publisher decided to delay their EA Play event. Madden NFL fans, on the other hand, got a better entitlement deal for upgrading to Xbox Series X.

Of course, EA Play has been delayed in solidarity with the ongoing protests in the US, and it's well worth saying that EA have been pretty proactive in showing their support to the movement.

"With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we're moving our time to come together in play", they wrote. EA Play's new date is now June 18, 2020, at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT. 

Madden NFL was heading for its own reveal earlier, but that's put on hold as well, so our best bet at seeing it appears to be EA Play. We suppose you could call that a crummy week for football but there's some good news too. 

According to the earlier "Dual Entitlement" deal, players who bought Madden NFL 21 to a certain date and then switched to Xbox Series X were entitled to a free upgrade, albeit with pretty strict deadlines that made the whole thing feel forced.

The community, however, had other ideas and ultimately persuaded EA, who silently updated the deal so as to ensure they don't hog the spotlight. "Having listened to our players response we’re extending the offer all the way through our Madden 21 season up to the release of Madden NFL 22, so players can upgrade to Madden NFL 21 on Xbox Series X whenever they first purchase their new console within that period", they told Polygon.

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So, if you're toying with the idea of jumping onto the Xbox Series X train early, no need to worry about re-buying Madden. Now about that EA Play.

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