Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 will be released as next-gen versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on December 4.
The new versions of the games will, according to a press release, add “blazing fast load times, the most realistic, fluid player movement ever in EA SPORTS titles, authentic game day experiences inside stadiums and new player detail unlocked by deferred rendering and lighting.” The PS5 versions will also add haptic feedback using the DualSense controller.
It’s unclear if these are the only new features in each game. Previously, EA has made clear that it won’t be using Xbox’s Smart Delivery upgrade scheme because Madden 21 will “include new features unavailable to the prior generation.”
As previously confirmed, owners of Madden 21 and FIFA 21 on PS4 or Xbox One will receive a free upgrade to the respective next-gen versions through EA’s Dual Entitlement scheme. Those who own disc versions of the games will need to contact EA to get an upgrade code, but the publisher has not yet explained the process for that.
Current-gen versions of both games should run as backwards compatible titles on both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S between the launch of next-gen consoles and that December release date.
In Madden 21, progress and content in Ultimate Team, The Yard and both Franchise modes wil carry over between curtrent and next gen. In FIFA 21, Ultimate Team and Volta will carry over. As previously confirmed, FIFA save data from Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode and Pro Clubs won’t transfer.
This year hasn’t been a banner year for EA’s flagship sports games. We awarded Madden 21 a 6/10 review, saying “the continued neglect shown to classic Franchise mode, lack of innovation across the board, and technical issues leave this gridiron mismatch coming up short.” FIFA 21 fared slightly better with a 7/10 review, calling it “a year of small improvements with much to enjoy, but little to shout about.”