EA Sports has released the gridiron notes going over what they’ve spent the last year working on in franchise mode.

It is worth noting that while MUT makes up the bulk of revenue and profit for Madden, franchise mode is still the game mode with the most players and time spent in the mode.


With that in mind, let’s take a look at everything coming to franchise mode in Madden 21.

That’s it. That’s the entire list. That is what has changed in franchise mode this year.

Of course EA can’t just come out and say that so here are the changes they listed.

  • New X-Factors
  • Updated the wildcard format to fit the NFLs
  • Tweaked rookie contracts
  • Made the 2nd superstar ability unlock at 85 instead of 80
  • Fixed some bugs
  • Added position specific OL archetypes

When comparing to every other game mode in Madden, you can see how franchise got completely overlooked.


The name “Franchise Mode” was also changed to “Classic Franchise Mode” which sports gaming journalist, PastaPadre, aptly pointed out was intentional to signal that they may not update it going forward.

All in all, it was a very disappointing announcement for franchise players. This follows a surprisingly good announcement on gameplay where they talked about great new features like position specific audibles and zone drops.

The next Madden NFL 21 news wil be about playbooks and will come July 14th. We also expect a beta to drop sometime in the next few weeks so be on the lookout for those 2 things.

What are your thoughts on the improvements to franchise mode? Sound off in the comments section!