The release date of Madden 21 has been marred with problems, as EA faces widespread complaints towards its less-than-acceptable Franchise Mode.

Madden Players Trend "#FixMaddenFranchise" Again To Voice Continued Disappointment Over Madden 21's Franchise Mode to EA

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Players who booted up the latest iteration of Franchise Mode were immediately disappointed to find that very little had changed between Madden 20 and Madden 21, a lack-of-effort which led many to believe that EA had simply reused the Franchise Mode code from the game’s predecessor.

Disappointment in the title was so severe that a hashtag dedicated to highlighting the game’s issues, #FixMaddenFranchise, began trending.

Madden Players Trend "#FixMaddenFranchise" Again To Voice Continued Disappointment Over Madden 21's Franchise Mode to EA

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A Twitter user with the handle Steve Nash Productions provided a comparison of the cutscene played after a player wins the Super Bowl across the last four entries, which proved that the cutscene has changed little, if at all, over the last 5 years:

Another user pointed out that the Super Bowl held at the end of the first year of franchise mode is Super Bowl 54, which happened back in February 2019:

YouTuber and sports gamer Deuce Douglas opted to rally the community together in protest of these changes and presented a comprehensive plan on how EA could overhaul the game mode and make it something that simulation football fans can enjoy:

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Douglas further detailed his plan, complete with illustrations and an explanation that many of his proposed features had previously appeared in various Madden titles, in an extensive Medium post, .

The hashtag #FixMaddenFranchise originally began in July, as players took to Twitter to similarly voice their concerns that EA appeared to be delivering a lackluster Franchise Mode.

Madden Players Trend "#FixMaddenFranchise" Again To Voice Continued Disappointment Over Madden 21's Franchise Mode to EA

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Madden Executive Producer Seann Graddy responded to the earlier backlash in a July 3rd video, in which Graddy told players that the development team had taken note of the “#FixMaddenFranchise tweets” and assured them that “our team is actively working on bolstering plans to support franchise in Madden 21 and beyond.”:

Sadly, this message did not age well.

It remains to be seen if EA is as committed to the franchise and simulation football community as they say, but with a copied over franchise mode, a myriad glitches in both online and offline play, and terrible menu lag, the company has a lot of fixes to make to ensure that enthusiasm for Madden 21 survives past its August 28th launch date.

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