Madden 21 release date, new features & more things we learned from EA Sports’ reveal trailer

EA Sports released its “Madden NFL 21” official reveal trailer, and we learned a lot about the new game.

The trailer focuses heavily on Lamar Jackson, which makes sense considering he’s the cover athlete. But it also lets us in on a few key gamplay elements the Madden team has been working on this offseason. We’ll through them all individually below, but it seems as if EA Sports is really making an effort to give the gamer more customized control than ever before.

Here’s the description EA Sports provided along with the gameplay:

Innovative gameplay mechanics in Madden NFL 21 offer advanced levels of control and inspire creativity on both sides of the ball. Feel all-out control with the new Skill Stick ball-carrier system, dominate the edge with fresh pass rush moves, experience more open-field realism with tackle improvements, and have more fun with user-controlled celebrations.

The trailer is limited. It only shows us about 90 seconds of what we can expect from the new game, and doesn’t dive too deep into new features. Still, it’s interesting if you’re someone who buys the Madden series every year.

Madden 21 trailer

You can view EA Sports’ official trailer for Madden 21 above.

Madden 21 release date

The Madden 21 release date is August 25, 2020. At the end of the trailer, EA Sports says the game is available then, which adds up because video games are typically released on Tuesdays. However, if you have EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier, then you can play three days earlier on August 22, 2020. The trailer also says if you preorder Madden, you’ll be eligible to play three days earlier.

New features in Madden 21

All Out Control

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This will probably be the biggest change coming to Madden 21. It’s hard to get a full grasp on what it means through just a trailer of gameplay, but it seems as if Madden is somehow allowing you full control of your player. Gamers have been able to manage their player in the past, so we need more information as to how this is drastically different from before. 

Dominate The Edge

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Similar to the previous feature, it seems as if they applied the new mechanics and just added it to defense. It’s not clear if they added something new within the controllers, or if Madden just put in new animations for pass rushers. Either way, we hope Madden fixes the pass rush problems from Madden 20. Many felt the top players (Joey Bosa, Myles Garrett) were too powerful and could shred through offensive lineman like they were nothing.

Clutch Stops

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This feature is a little more self-explanatory, but it’s a welcome change. Madden simply added in some new tackle animations for heightened realism. 

Strike Your Pose

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“User controlled celebrations” sounds fun, but it’s hard to imagine what that means. Do we get to create our own custom dances? In Madden 20, when you score a touchdown, you’re given an option of four celebrations. Madden doesn’t directly explain what’s new in Madden 21, but it should be intriguing to discover just what this means.

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