'Madden 21' October Update Fixes Various Issues to Gameplay and Franchise Mode

It's been a little over a month since release and Madden 21 has dropped its second monthly update.

The October update for Madden 21 fixes some gameplay issues, especially a bug that caused user-controlled quarterbacks to automatically throw to a receiver following a snap.

Fans hoping for major changes to the Franchise Mode will have to wait at least another month, though. This October update only fixed some minor issues in the fan-favorite mode, with the most notable change limiting the amount of ties in simulated games.

EA confirmed back in September that the first major Franchise Mode update would happen in November.

Here are the highlights for Madden 21's October update:

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Gameplay Updates:

  • Fixed an issue causing user-controlled QBs to sometimes automatically throw to a receiver directly following the snap.
    • DEV NOTE: While we fixed a version of this in a previous update, community feedback made us aware of an additional version. In this case, if a user had spammed a catch-mechanic on the previous play, in some cases that button-input data could carry over to the following play when holding the snap button for a longer period of time. We're confident this specific bug was the culprit for those still impacted.
  • Resolved the issue with the 'Ball-Stuck-In-Hand' celebration triggering too frequently
  • Tuning to the Bench Press Ability so that it will no longer apply fatigue penalties on running plays; also reduced the overall amount of fatigue impact when a receiver gets pressed in man coverage
    • DEV NOTE: One thing we want to make our players aware of relative to this ability (as well as many other abilities), is that as ratings increase, the overall impact will naturally decrease. Specific to Bench Press, as players' stamina ratings increase, so does their fatigue recovery rate. This will lead to the ability becoming less effective over time within modes like Franchise and Ultimate Team.
  • Addressed an issue causing a thrown pass to rarely warp back to a defender in a Strip Attempt
  • Fixed a rare issue causing the ball carrier to freeze during a fake-out vs. a defender
  • Fixed the receiver icons not appearing and the pitch sometimes falling short resulting in a fumble on the HB Toss Pass play
  • Removed the 'Pass Rush On-Field Trainer' overhead display in multiplayer practice to allow for easier multi-controller labbing
  • Fixed a blocking interaction issue resulting in a graphical error
  • General Stability fixes

Madden Ultimate Team Updates:

  • Fixed a rare crash when viewing "Search Trade Results"
  • When selecting the highest difficulty on a Solo Challenge, you will be defaulted to that difficulty when selecting "Play Next Challenge"
  • Several UI enhancements to help with text readability

Franchise Updates:

  • Face of the Franchise Updates:
    • General stability improvements
  • Franchise Updates:
    • General stability improvements
    • Significantly reduced the amount of ties that could result from Simulated games
    • The 'Draft Bar' interface will remain visible during the Draft when navigating between menus
    • Fixed an issue with the 'Team' tab disappearing for users when exiting a game

Presentation Updates:

  • Multiple Teams Oakley visor tab colors updated to the colors they are using this season

Madden 21 is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

What do you think of the October update in Madden 21? What are you hoping gets updated in the future? Let us know in the comments section.