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Madden NFL 21 dev details Classic and Face of the Franchise modes

Published: 07:16, 01 July 2020
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Madden NFL 21, humble high-school beginnings

EA Sports may have been a bit late to start showing off Madden NFL 21, but better late than never. Now, they posted details on Classic and Face of the Franchise modes, and they'll even feature Snoop Dogg.

Face of the Franchise takes Madden NFL 21 players through a player's entire career, all the way from high school to becoming a world-beating Hall of Famer. The following passages contain story spoilers, mind you, so you've been warned.

Your start in high school comes with full customisation of school name, city and mascot, as you try to carve your place behind the school's star quarterback Tommy Matthews. Once he confides in you about a health issue he's been keeping secret, you'll be left with the first in-game narrative choice that will shape your Madden NFL 21 story. 

"Once you set foot on [college] campus the stakes get even higher as you not only have to deftly navigate a Quarterback controversy right out of the gate, but also have to figure out how to appease your domineering, old school approach, newly minted Head Coach Red O’Brien – all while attempting to build your draft stock through two challenging seasons of college football AND win a College Football Playoff Championship (or two) along the way", the dev wrote. 

Once you've gone through coach O'Brien's ultimatums for switching positions, it's time for the draft, where you'll once again have a choice of influencing which Madden NFL 21 picks you, or just go with the flow. Your skill will be thoroughly tested though, culminating with the 40-yard dash. 

Madden NFL 21 includes NFL Storylines, which are basically stuff you find in sports headlines. Franchise Savior, Bitter Rivals, Understudy, Comeback - EA Sports made sure to make your Face of the Franchise experience as close to a real career as possible. 


  • Tommy Mathews: Career long rival and friend - played by Tye Sheridan
  • Reggie Brown: Interviewer and friend - played by Michael Beach and Moses Jones
  • Coach Fetu Vaitai: High school legend and football coach - played by Cooper Andrews
  • Coach Red O’ Brien: Defensive mastermind college coach - played by Robert Patrick
  • Snoop Dogg: Played by himself
  • Rich Eisen: Played by himself

EA Snoop Dogg as depicted in Madden NFL 21 Madden NFL 21, Snoop Dogg is in it!

As for the Madden NFL 21 Classic Franchise mode, players can expect the following changes:

  • The new X-Factors make their way into Franchise. More details on X-Factors in Madden NFL 21 coming soon!    
  • Franchise has an expanded Wild Card Playoff round to match the real-life NFL which now features 3 games for each conference instead of 2.    
  • Updated all rookie contract amounts to be more authentic to the actual Draft rookie contracts for all 7 rounds    
  • Retuned every position's available Abilities to better consider in-game effectiveness of the ability and archetype authenticity. Also made the 2nd ability unlock for most positions 85 OVR (was 80 OVR in Madden NFL 20.)    
  • Fixed multiple cases in logic of players considered for a Dev Trait upgrade at the end of the season not checking the correct stat types.    
  • Updates to all team back-end depth chart philosophies so they match the team's scheme.    
  • Added position-specific Offensive Lineman archetype progression buckets for OT, OG, and C to capture variance in OVR formulas based on positional expectations. Previously, all OL were pulling from the same progression bucket.    
  • Fixed issue where defensive playbooks and schemes for our fictional coaches would be misaligned (e.g. 3-4 playbook with a 4-3 scheme.)

Madden NFL 21 by EA Sports launches in August 2020

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Madden NFL 21 looking good!

If you're more interested in the tactical side of Madden NFL 21, EA will be posting playbook details on July 14, 2020. 

You can find the full post over at EA's official website .

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