The current version of Madden Mobile is available now, on August 28th the “big brother” will follow suit and bring the football action to Origin PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One - with the last two versions with the option of a free one Upgrade for the next-gen consoles. All variants include the game mode “The Yard”, which focuses on arcade-heavy games with mini-teams.


Fast-paced action sports have been back in vogue since FIFA Volta. Electronic Arts is now following suit with Madden NFL 21 and introducing a corresponding arcade mode into the game. Fans can try out the game mode with the mobile version Madden Mobile, which is now available in the app stores. At the end of August, “The Yard” will also be open to console players. Fans create their own avatar - a connection with the mobile game is possible - and compete against each other in small teams.

Madden NFL 21: The Yard is action football

The game mode “The Yard” is all about fast, direct action - and style. Players take part in the matches with a specially created avatar. The focus is on fun: double passes, throws behind the back - if possible, there are moves in the backyard areas that have no business being on the lawn. “The Yard” is something like “Volta for NFL Madden”. Two teams of six players each compete against each other on the console - there is a solo mode and online co-op against computer opponents, but also head-to-head multiplayer in teams of one, two or even three players.

Such a mode is completely new to Madden. "The Yard is fast, exciting and, most of all, fun," says Madden producer Seann Graddy. "Players will pass the time with new gameplay mechanics on mobile devices and consoles to bring backyard football to life."

Obviously, of course, the otherwise rather rigid and fragmented rules of the NFL have been softened, compressed and simplified for arcade mode - it's about pure action, not a football game that is as realistic as possible. This is implemented, among other things, with completely new animations.

The official trailer shows gameplay from Madden NFL 21:

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Style also plays a role in the yard. There is a gear store where players can buy new cosmetic items for their avatar. Over the entire season, new items should find their way into the store again and again. Otherwise, it is precisely about what is often in the foreground in arcade games: Collecting experience points and rewards and winning them if possible

Madden NFL 21 was developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available worldwide on August 28th for Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC via Origin and Steam. Free upgrade for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X there will be. Madden NFL will also be released on Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform this winter.


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