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Madden 21 Gets A Ton of New Patches, Updates

The new Madden NFL 21 patch introduces a series of bug fixes and Franchise mode updates, and it is now available on all platforms.

EA Sports released the title update Thursday that includes fixes for QB freezing, missing Pro Bowl active abilities, and problems with MUT’s UI.

Adding a league history to a Franchise is now possible, and with the Franchise update, individuals can see trade logic and player value.

Here’s the breakdown of what EA Sports announced Thursday:

Madden NFL 21
Xbox Series X|S & PS5
Gameplay Updates:
  • Fixed an issue causing the QB to freeze after flipping Gun Split Close Play Action plays while also hot routing the HB.
  • Fixed an issue causing some QB’s to repeat their pre-play walk-to-line, getting set in the formation animation twice.
  • Fixed an issue preventing some abilities from being equipped for players on the Pro Bowl roster.
  • Fixed an incorrect route shown in the play-art for the play Gun Tight Doubles Zig Under.
  • Fixed an issue sometimes causing the receiver to run back toward the line instead of breaking out when running a zig route.
  • Fixed an issue with Hit Sticks not tracking properly for Abilities using Hit Stick accumulation for In the Zone criteria (e.g. Avalanche).
Madden Ultimate Team Updates:
  • Various UI Fixes.
Franchise Updates:
  • NEW: Improvements to Trade Logic and Player Value.
  • NEW: League History.
    • Dev Note: For Madden NFL 21, League History will begin at the year of your Franchise when the update goes live and populate each year onward.
  • Fixed issue where “Backlash” ability was called “Pass Lead Elite.”
  • Fixed naming of Seahawks stadium to Lumen Field (for new Franchises).

EA Sports said all updates also apply to Gen4 consoles.


Madden NFL 21
Xbox One, PS4, PC, Stadia
Gameplay Updates:
  • Fixed an issue allowing punts to frequently get blocked by an AI-controlled rusher when lined up inside the 5-yard line.
    • Dev Note: To address this issue, we tuned the logic of the rusher that was blocking the kick. The AI was timing the Dive perfectly and not in a situation where the player rushing the punter would layout and dive due to the blocker between him and the punter.
  • Fixed an issue causing the QB to freeze after flipping Gun Split Close Play Action plays while also hot routing the HB.
  • Fixed an issue causing some QB’s to repeat their pre-play walk-to-line, getting set in the formation animation twice.
  • Fixed an issue preventing some abilities from being equipped for players on the Pro Bowl roster.
  • Fixed an issue with Hit Sticks not tracking properly for Abilities using Hit Stick accumulation for In the Zone criteria (e.g. Avalanche).

In a statement, the company thanked its users for the feedback.

“To ensure Madden is the best game possible, scheduled updates are deployed by the Madden Development Team to add features to the game after launch and to tune gameplay based on community feedback,” EA Sports said.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg is in her last semester at the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged.

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