Gridiron Notes: Franchise Updates Coming to Madden NFL 21

A new Gridiron Notes article went live yesterday and provides an update regarding future updates specific to franchise mode. Three franchise mode updates are being planned for this season, with the first being targeted for mid-November. The goal for future updates is to implement changes that do not require users to restart an existing franchise since many leagues will most likely be far along by that point.

To view the full Gridiron Notes used for today's article, Click Here.

Current plans for the first update to franchise mode addresses the following requests from the community (changes possible before release):

  • X-Factor/Superstar Ability Customization: This highly requested feature by the community allows commissioners to assign X-Factors to any player via the edit player feature. Once a player has met the criteria to unlock an X-Factor ability, commissioners will be able to edit their player's Superstar abilities and Superstar X-Factor ability by selecting from those available within his position group. Users will have control over this functionality in both offline and online Franchises.
  • Player Card Career Stats UI: A top community request for several years now, the team is revamping the statistics on the player card to include more context in season stats, like week, opponent, and outcome, while also providing what team the player was on for every year of their career.
  • Dev Trait Regression Tuning: The team is doing tuning work to player development traits in Franchise mode to ensure a proper balance of Superstar and X-Factor players when progressing multiple years in a Franchise.
  • Playoff Bracket: A visual playoff bracket will be added into the game that reflects the new Wild Card format, allowing users to see the full playoff picture.

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