The release of “Madden NFL 21” is here, but the release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X aren’t.
So what happens if you want to play Madden 21 on the next generation consoles, but you don’t want to wait several months to play Madden 21? Do you have to buy the game twice, once for the previous console and a second time when the new ones arrive? Well, we’ll answer any question you have about the next-gen releases below.
Before we get into all of that, though, we should talk about what exactly a next-gen game is. Both Microsoft and Sony are coming out with new consoles in late 2020: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Both consoles will have a set number of games that release with it, and Madden 21 will be included on both.
Thankfully, EA Sports and both console makers have made things simple for everyone involved in this process.
Madden 21 on the next-gen consoles will release when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X release. Microsoft announced a November release for Xbox Series X, although no hard date has been announced as of now. Sony has not officially announced a release date for the PlayStation 5, either, although November 20 has been a rumored launch date. Madden 21 will be available on both consoles at their respective launches.
The price of Madden 21 for the current generation of consoles is $59.99 for the standard edition ($79.99 for deluxe, $99.99 for MVP). The $59.99, or $60 price point is standard for most new releases of big games. However, when NBA 2K21 was announced for the next-gen consoles, it was listed at a $70 price point for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. When asked about the $10 price increase, Xbox chief Phil Spencer didn’t comment much in an interview with the Washington Post. So don’t be surprised if we see a $10 increase for next-gen games.
If you purchase Madden 21 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you will not need to buy a second game on Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. That comes with a slight caveat, though. You must purchase Madden 21 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 by by December 31, 2020 and then upgrade to Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 by March 31, 2021.
This is thanks to Dual Entitlement. Whether you buy a physical copy of Madden 21 or a digital one, you will receive Dual Entitlement. Your content should also carry over into the new console. EA Sports says your “Madden NFL 21 Ultimate Team binder content and Madden Points will transfer.” The company also says “progress in certain Franchise modes can also be imported from current generation to next generation.” However, EA Sports was not sure if information could go backwards.
One important thing to note is that Dual Entitlement only works when transferring within consoles. Meaning this only works from Xbox One to Xbox Series X or PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5. Dual Entitlement will not work if you try switch consoles, like going from Xbox One to PlayStation 5.
There is nothing new content-wise in the next-gen versions of Madden 21. But the gameplay should improved through the new consoles. In EA Sports’ press release for the next-gen games, the company promises “blazing fast load times.”
Faster load times get you in the game quicker than ever. Never lose focus as stadium environments will load with unprecedented speed, letting you get to the kick-off in seconds.
And as you probably expected, the graphics in the next-gen consoles should be greatly improved as well. EA Sports says there will be “deferred lighting & rendering” as well as “reimagined player bodies.” Another element will be “spatialized audio.”
Next-gen technology creates deeper definition in player physiques, while dynamic lighting accentuates details such as faces, hair, kits, and uniforms to take athletes to a whole new level of realism. … Whether you’re running out of the tunnel in Atlanta or leaping into the stands in Green Bay, hear the spine-tingling roar of the stadium thanks to spatialized audio technology new to Madden that wraps around you for a completely immersive experience.
Overall, the upgrades will just improve the gameplay aspects of Madden 21.