Next generation Madden 21″ upgrade available early, but PS5 owners can only play offline


Fans are cheering crazy! The Xbox Series X/S and PS5 versions of Madden 21 are available a whole day earlier… but there’s a catch.

On Thursday, EA Sports announced that gamers will be able to immerse themselves in next-generation versions of Madden 21 from December 3, even before the official release on Friday, if they already own the previous version of the game.

This “”dual-entitlement”” upgrade is available to those who own the digital or disc version of the game. However, due to some last-minute bugs, many features of Madden 21 will not be available to these players until later.

On the official Madden blog, the Madden team provided more information about this early release and what players must do to get their free upgrade.

The main problem seems to be with the PS5 version of Madden 21. According to the blog, the game is not yet connected to the servers because the Madden team is doing “final testing on a problem” for which they have already submitted a solution. Updates to this version of Madden 21 will be released later today, but in the meantime, players will only be able to play next-generation soccer offline.


According to the official Madden 21 FAQ page, players who purchase a physical copy of Madden 21 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can download and play Madden 21 on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X from PlayStation Store or Microsoft Store at no additional cost once the game is released.

If you have a digital copy of Madden 21 on PS4 or Xbox One, gamers can download a digital copy of Madden 21 for PS5 or Xbox Series X/S from PlayStation Store or Microsoft Store. To download the upgrade, look for the “Free Upgrade” button after you sign in to your console in the store where you purchased it.

It’s the same method you used when you released the next generation upgrade of Mortal Kombat 11.

If you purchase a physical copy of Madden 21 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and upgrade to a Discless PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series S, you must contact EA Help to validate your purchase using your account information and receive your free upgrade.

Did you have no trouble upgrading your Madden 21 to the next generation consoles? Please let us know in the Comments section.


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