Next-gen Madden and FIFA pushed back

Posted October 27th, 2020 at 7:00 am

Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 will miss the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Release of both games will instead come on Friday, December 4.

Speculation had started to build of a possible delay or even cancellation as launch of the new consoles neared and yet EA Sports would not comment on why they were not promoting the games or even selling pre-orders.

This is surprising news given that Madden and FIFA (unlike NBA 2K21) are not expected to be dramatically different than what was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who have purchased the game on the current-gen consoles will get the next-gen versions for free which would not have happened otherwise.

Pushing them back by just over three weeks wouldn’t seem to be enough time to do much if the games were in a poor state so the decision is a puzzling one. It will be more damaging to Madden which will by then be three quarters of the way through the regular season.