The second of three planned stages to improve Madden’s franchise mode is set to land in mid-January.
Dev Note: We are delivering the first of three Madden NFL 21 Franchise updates with this release. For the Madden NFL 21 post launch releases we have worked with Franchise community members to come up with a number of updates focused on improving usability for core users of the mode as well as a number of tuning upgrades. We are sharing the first batch of updates and giving a preview of the second batch coming later in the cycle which is targeted to arrive in mid-January. As always, please provide feedback on these changes via Madden Voice which will open 48 hours after the update is released.
The second round of Franchise mode updates is targeted to arrive in mid-January and it seems focused largely on providing commissioner controls for various settings. EA provided a sneak peek at what they are working on next for Franchise mode and it’s definitely some welcomed improvements and features.
Commissioners in franchises will now be able to “tune” the number of superstars, stars, and X-Factor players in your league. Team owners will be able to control the regression of attributes, which makes sense, as there were always a few 65 overalls that still were X-Factors in free agency a few years in. Still, this was not a huge and needed fix, but will improve the allocation of talent in your virtual world.
Everyone’s idea of appropriate levels of player regression is different in a franchise mode.
Some people want things to mirror exactly what they see in the NFL, others want a sprinkle of reality, and others desire a free-for-all where players remain at top form like Super Saiyans their entire career.
Starting Week 13 of the regular season, there will be a Things To Do item that takes you to the current playoff picture if the season ended that week including the seeding for each team that would be in the playoffs. Once Wild Card week begins, the playoff bracket will also have the scores of all games that have been played, and the box score available by clicking on the matchup. There will also be a way to access this bracket through the “schedule” button, with a new tile labeled “Playoff Picture”.
Player Card Career Stats
One of the top community requests for several years now, we added the week matchup and result of the game to each player’s season stats via their player card. We also added what team a player finished their season with on each year of their career stats via their player card.
Another highly requested community feature, we brought over our functionality from player mode that allows the player to alter the Superstar and Superstar X-Factor abilities on their players inside of Core Franchise as both a coach and an owner. Commissioners will be able to edit the abilities on players that are controlled by other players and the CPU as well. Abilities will continue to follow slot and OVR requirements per archetype, so a player must reach the OVR threshold for an ability in the specified archetype before they are able to apply it. All of this functionality occurs directly on the player card by clicking any of the abilities.
In Re-Sign Players week, there will now be a Things To Do item that takes you directly to the Transactions screen sorted to Retired players to provide a quicker look into who is riding off into the sunset.
More changes, most of them involving more customizable options for commissioners, are coming in 2021. But a re-design and re-thinking of the game mode is absolutely necessary.
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