The NFL season begins tonight – wow, it’s September already – as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. As with every other year, the beginning of a new football season means a lot of updates to Madden, and Madden NFL 21 is no exception. Madden 20 came out about a month earlier back in 2019, so we’re not nearly as deep into the update cycle this year with Madden 21. Bugs are a yearly tradition in Madden, and this year has it’s share. Addressing some of them is the brand new September title update.
The newest update doesn’t fix a lot of major things, but it does address some key bugs in Madden 21. It goes live on September 10 at 11 AM ET. Here is a list of what you can expect with this latest update:
- Fixed some issues related to MUT squads role selection
- Fixed a case where usernames didn’t appear during 2v2 gameplay
- Season 1 (aka Hi-Def) begins, and runs until 11/5
- New App Icon & Main Menu art representing the Season start
- Nike HQ yard Location & Challenges are released
- Season-specific Vanity Content is available for a limited time
- New Legends available in the SSKO Draft
- JUFU song “Just Do It” featured in the Madden Trax rotation
Madden Ultimate Team Updates
With Week 1 of the NFL season taking place this week, next week will have the first round of Team of the Week players for Madden Ultimate Team, and you can expect to see weekly updates here. However, the start of the season means Ultimate Kickoff is back!
Ultimate Kickoff is a promotion in Ultimate Team that allows players to acquire special editions of NFL players ranging from 81 overall to the boss players at 88 overall. A new currency in Madden 21 called footballs was introduced for Ultimate Kickoff, and they can be used to purchase players and packs for Ultimate Kickoff.
Acquire better players by completing sets and acquire enough quality players to complete the boss set, giving you a choice of one of four 88 overall players – a very nice addition to any MUT team this early in the cycle.
Here’s a list of the players available in Ultimate Kickoff:
81 Overall Players
- De’Vondre Campbell
- George Fant
- Hayden Hurst
- Isaiah Williams
- Jeff Gladney
- Justin Herbert
- Jordyn Brooks
- LeSean McCoy
- Mario Addison
- Christian Kirksey
- Patrick Queen
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire
- Brandon Aiyuk
- Andrew Thomas
- Ross Blacklock
83 Overall Players
- Eric Ebron
- Javon Hargrove
- Jack Conklin
- Emmanual Ogbah
- Tyler Eifert
- Leonard Floyd
- Chase Young
- Cam Newton
- Cory Littleton
- Von Bell
85 Overall Players
- Melvin Gordon III
- Malcolm Jenkins
- Philip Rivers
- Robert Quinn
- Everson Griffen
- Robbie Anderson
- Jamie Collins
88 Overall Boss Players
- Todd Gurley
- Linval Joseph
- Trent Williams
- Yannick Ngokue
Madden Crowns a Champion
It happened a couple of weeks ago, but EA Sports simulated the 2020 NFL season using Madden 21. In true 2020 fashion, chaos ensued and nothing made sense. Here’s just a few of the crazy things to happen:
- The Bears – yes, the Chicago Bears – won the Super Bowl. The Bears went 14-2 in the regular season and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 42-24. Of course it was Nick Foles taking over the starting job and leading Chicago to the Super Bowl.
- Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, even at 42. Brady completed over 68% of his passes while throwing for 37 touchdowns and 11 picks. The Bucs went 8-8 and missed the playoffs, however.
- Dallas won the NFC East. Hey, at least it can happen somewhere.
- The Browns went 11-5 and made the playoffs. I’m not sure if this is more or less surprising, but Cincinnati also made the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
Fun Fact of the Week: Tom Brady was born 11 years before the first Madden NFL video game was ever released.
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See you next week! Happy Football!