Madden NFL 21 Reveals New Features, Presentation Details for Next-Gen Update

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2020

FILE - This Aug. 24, 2017, file photo shows screens of a video game at a Madden NFL 18 Launch Event in New York. The Madden franchise will continue to be a part of the gaming universe for at least the next six years. NFL owners on Thursday, May 28, 2020, approved an extension of their deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years. It was also recently approved by the NFL Players Association. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18, File)
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As Madden 21 prepares to hit next-gen systems on December 4, EA Sports is continuing the rollout of features for the upcoming release. 

EA shared info about new presentation features for PS5 and Xbox Series X, focusing on the hyper-realism and some slightly changed elements for fans.

The company is boasting "ultra-realistic football experiences" with enhancements to lighting and realism on the sidelines. EA says shadow and lighting details will be more apparent, and visibility will be affected by weather conditions and nighttime games.

Additional changes include:

  • "Players on the sidelines have player likeness, name, body type, and skin type
  • Players will jump out of the way of a ball out of bounds or move out of the way when a player runs or is pushed out of bounds. Sideline characters are set up to watch and react to the play.
  • Improved head-tracking and unique interactions for all characters in the player box without twinning"

New celebrations are also included in the next-gen update, most notably the ability to hop into the stands in 13 stadiums. Additionally, EA is introducing stadium-specific, location-based audio to more accurately represent where you are on the field. 

Player renders have also seen significant enhancement to more accurately represent different body types and physiques. 

In other words: No more Julian Edelman and DK Metcalf having the same muscle definition.

For the PS5, EA is also introducing controller haptics that make the game feel more responsive.  

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