If you own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 version of Madden NFL 21, you can upgrade to the next-gen versions right now with a new update.
This update arrives just a day before next-gen versions of the game are available for purchase, which means those that opted in for the current-gen versions of the game will be able to play the Xbox Series X and Series S and PlayStation 5 versions of the game early. There are some caveats though, namely that the PS5 version of the game can only be played offline at the moment.
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“The PlayStation 5 version of the game is not yet connected to the servers as we’re doing final testing on a problem for which we’ve submitted a solution,” a post on the EA Madden forums from EA reads. “We will provide updates this evening on its deployment as we head into the launch, but the game can be played offline in the meantime.”
While it was previously stated by EA that physical copies of the game won’t allow for upgrades to next-gen versions of the game on digital-only consoles like the PS5 Digital Edition and Series S, EA now says that “you will need to contact EA Help to validate your purchase using your account information to receive your free upgrade.”
Players trying to jump from a physical current-gen copy of the game will not be able to access next-gen versions on their digital-only consoles until the game’s official launch on December 4.
You can head to EA’s how-to post for a detailed breakdown of how to upgrade to the next-gen versions of Madden NFL 21, but it essentially boils down to the following: PS5 users will need to select the upgrade offer on the game’s hub on their console’s home menu and Xbox users will need to update the game.
While waiting for the update to download, check out our thoughts on the latest entry in the franchise with our Madden NFL 21 review and then read about how EA wants the next-gen versions of the game to feel completely different. For any questions you might have about the game, head to IGN’s official Madden NFL 21 wiki guide.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.
Source: IGN Video Games All