Thanks to a seven-second clip in a trailer released by EA Sports last week, we have an idea of how “Madden NFL 21” will look on the next generation of video game consoles. The “Madden 21” gameplay, captured in the new Xbox Series X engine and described in the video as a “work in progress,” features Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes scoring against the Packers. As one might expect, it looks pretty damn good.
Mahomes, who was featured as the cover athlete for last year’s game before he led Kansas City to a Super Bowl 54 title, announces in the video that those who purchase “Madden 21” for Xbox One won’t have to do so again for Xbox Series X. Gamers reportedly can receive a copy of the next-gen version as long as they purchase “Madden 21” for Xbox One by Dec. 31.
EA Sports has not set a release date for “Madden 21,” but the game is expected to become available before the debut of the Xbox Series X in late 2020, likely in the October-December range. “Madden” typically is released in August.
Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson announced in April that he will be the cover athlete for “Madden 21.”
Xbox’s site describes the Xbox Series X as its “most powerful console ever, powered by our custom designed processor leveraging AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. The new system on a chip (SOC) has been built from the ground up for speed and performance, with 12 teraflops of processing power and with compatibility in mind for four generations of games.”
The PlayStation 5, Sony’s next-gen console, also is scheduled to be released at the end of the year.