'Madden 21' Details Second Franchise Mode Update, Scheduled for Mid-January Release

The latest update for Madden 21's Franchise mode is coming, and the developers over at EA Sports have shared what players can expect.

The upcoming update will be the second of three major ones slated for the Franchise mode in Madden 21, and it's set to drop in mid-January. The details of what's included in the new update—including how the CPU will draft and changes to the Commissioner Tools—have been published over on the official Madden blog. (We don't know when that third update will arrive, although EA confirms it'll arrive sometime in February.)

Here's the complete developers note on what Madden fans can count on in the latest Franchise Mode update:

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CPU QB Draft Logic Improvements

This first update comes from community feedback and changes the way the CPU drafts quarterbacks in the first round.

"As a part of our next update, we have added new logic checks that CPU teams will use to guide whether they should even be interested in drafting a QB when they're on the clock in Round 1," the blog post reads. "Now, teams will evaluate their roster and previous draft picks of the last two years to keep teams from replacing players too soon."

Logic Details

When a CPU team is on the clock, they will now deprioritize drafting a first round QB if:

  • Their current starting QB was a 1st round pick in the last two Drafts
  • Their current starting QB was a 2nd/3rd round pick in the last two Drafts
    • And has a Normal Dev and 72+ OVR
    • And has Star or higher Dev trait
  • Their current starting QB is a 94+ OVR
  • Their current starting QB is 87+ OVR and 32+ years old
  • Their current starting QB is 74+ OVR and < 29 years old
  • Their current backup QB is a Star or higher Dev Trait and < 28 years old

Lastly, if a team's current starting QB is over 35, the team will consider drafting a replacement.

As always, whether the team actually does draft a QB is dependent upon many factors, and like real life, there can still be times where a team decides a player is just too good to pass up depending on the situation. The Draft is full of surprises!

Commissioner Controls: Undo FA Signings - Offseason Only

Commissioners are able to undo FA signings in the offseason directly through the transaction log. Simply click on a signing and revert it to send the player back into the free agent pool.

Commissioner Controls: Team Override Settings

Giving commissioners of leagues the ability to turn on/off or allow users to keep individual settings for Heat Seeker tackling, Ball Hawk, and Switch assist – one of our top requested commissioner requests, this creates a way to level the playing field regarding assist features.

Commissioner Draft Tools

Commissioners will now be able to assign autopilot during the draft, along with pause/resume functionality. This way advancing to the next user pick will skip any player who is on autopilot. This has been a top community request for a number of years now.

Commissioner House Rules: Play Cool-Down and Repeat Play Limits

After these settings made their debut last year in MUT/KO, House Rules became one of the most requested features for franchise players and we are incredibly excited to bring them to you. Take control as a Commissioner and dictate how many times a play can be called in a game, and how long a player must wait before calling the same play again.

Commissioner Setting - X-Factor Customization Restrictions

Commissioners will be able to determine who is able to edit abilities on players through the X-Factor Customization tools we enabled in our previous continuous development release. The settings are Commissioner only, Any User, or None, responding directly to multi-user league feedback.


Trade Logic Improvements

We are focused on delivering improvements to player and draft pick evaluations to create more rewarding and authentic trades for Madden 21 that we will continue to build and improve upon in the future.

Franchise League History

We are adding a new tile where you can see the Super Bowl and key award winners from each year of your franchise. This will include how many times a team has won the Super Bowl in the franchise, along with MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl MVP.

What do you think of the latest round of updates for Franchise mode? Let us know in the comments section.