Following the decision by the Washington Redskins to change their team name and logo, Madden NFL 21 will be pushing an update when the game is released that will also replace the Redskins’ name and logo with a generic Washington team.
EA confirmed the change to Kotaku, and also stated that the disc version will still feature the former name and logo, as the game is already preparing for its imminent release on August 25, 2020. However, as soon as players connect to the internet, the update will take place.
“We are pleased to see Washington’s decision to change their team name and visual identity,” EA said in a statement to Kotaku. “We are quickly working to update Madden NFL 21 to feature a generic Washington team, while we await final word on the updated team name and logo design.”
Following release, EA will continue to update other parts of the game that feature the Redskins, including commentary, stadium art, crowed gear, etc. Obviously, once a new name and logo is chosen for Washington D.C.’s team, that will be included as well.
“Changes to the name and logo will come via title updates that will download automatically,” the EA rep explained. “The first changes will be available to our EA Access players and will include audio/commentary updates; motion graphics and presentation updates; stadium art, environments, crowd gear and signage updates; and uniform updates. Players may continue to see some outdated Washington references in other areas of the game at launch, but we are committed to removing all of those from the game in additional title updates coming shortly after launch.”
Madden NFL 21, as previously mentioned, will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 25, 2020. Those who own Madden NFL 21 on PS4 and Xbox One will be able to upgrade to the equivalent PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version for free when they become available, until the release of Madden NFL 22.
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