The Madden NFL 21 Twitter account revealed the news with a nice-looking poster made by illustrator/concept artist Conrad Javier. The poster teases, “New abilities unleashed,” while a graphic in the top-left corner seems to suggest that the X-Factor reveals will happen over the course of the week, wrapping up on July 31.
Introduced in Madden NFL 20, X-Factor abilities are special abilities that some of the highest-rated players in the game that players unlock during gameplay by completing certain objectives.
For example, Madden NFL 20 cover star Patrick Mahomes had an X-Factor called “Bazooka” that increases his maximum throwing distance, while Stephen Gilmore’s X-Factor was called “Shutdown” and it increases his defensive skills and the likelihood he’ll make an interception.
A post on EA’s website states that Madden NFL 21 will have more than 50 new X-Factor abilities that are “fresh out of the lab designed to elevate the stars of a new generation in Madden NFL 21.”
For more Madden NFL 21 ratings, here’s the list of the top ten quarterbacks in the game. You can also read more about how Madden NFL 21 improves AI and expands the playbooks.
In other news, EA Sports has confirmed that it’s making a last-minute change to Madden NFL 21 to remove the Washington Redskins after the real-world sports team dropped the name that was widely criticized for being racist. The game will be updated with a generic Washington team and logo until the actual sports group decides on and announces a new name.
Madden NFL 21 is coming on August 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It will also be coming to the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X, with free upgrades for current-gen owners through EA’s Dual Entitlement program. For more details, check out our Madden NFL 21 pre-order guide.
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