*UPDATED* Madden 21 Face of the Franchise: NEW info confirmed in Gridiron notes, no developer stream?

One of the best game modes of Madden 20 will return for the next installment.

Tom Owen by Tom Owen
MADDEN 21 face of the franchise

Madden 21 finally reached a grand reveal after being entirely absent from EA Play.

Face of the Franchise was also announced as a returning game mode.

So far we’ve seen tons of new gameplay changes, and developer insight on them. But the most important information we’ve been given so far is a firm release date.


Gridiron Notes bring BIG reveals

30 June will be a huge day for Face of the Franchise with an in-depth developer stream on the way to cover new changes. But it’s already gotten started thanks to a new set of Gridiron Notes detailing a huge amount of info on the game mode.

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Let’s go over what’s to come from the Gridiron Notes:

  • Face of the Franchise will once again begin in high school, exploring territory we haven’t seen much of since Road to Glory in the since cancelled NCAA Football game series. The game will include an engaging new storyline starting in high school, which will keep players thinking as much as playing.
  • Face of the Franchise will then offer two seasons of college football gameplay, and entirely new storylines to captivate players at the collegiate level.
  • Once you make it to the NFL, there are plenty of different true to life storylines you can experience depending on your situation. This will make Face of the Franchise feel more realistic and immersive than ever!

Face of the Franchise is back – and bigger

In news that will please many Madden fans, EA Sports has confirmed in its reveal that Face of the Franchise will return.

It will be called ‘Rise to Fame’.

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If you didn’t play the Face of the Franchise game mode on Madden 20, you missed out. In a relatively cinematic experience, this mode is about creating yourself and then trying to overcome adversity to being drafted 1st overall.

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We are hoping that for Madden 21 there is more depth, as it was over a bit quickly in the current game. But the reveal hints at this being the case with the following;

“You’ll be able to play two seasons of the College Football Playoffs where you’ll attempt to win not one, but two NCAA Championships. While in college you’ll have the chance to stay as a quarterback or switch positions to a running back or wide receiver.” – EA SPORTS Madden 21 Reveal Notes

This isn’t quite the full NCAA game we were hoping to be included, but given the circumstances, it’s extra depth in a game mode we love. So we won’t be complaining!

No Franchise Mode dev stream?

The Madden 21 team are putting out regular streams full of key information about the game.

The last one took a deep dive into gameplay changes for this year.

We expected the next to be all about Face of the Frachise and Franchise Mode, but a stream never began.


Release date & Editions

With the launch, we now have the official release dates. EA has announced the release date for Madden 21 of 28 August.

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That’s a nice place to start, but if you want to play it a bit earlier you can, with the higher editions.

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If you are willing to pay £15/$15 more you can get the deluxe edition. This edition will come with three days early access and a whole heap of MUT rewards if you pre-order.

If you want to go all out you can get the MVP edition. If you pre-order this bad boy you’ll get 17 MUT Gold Team Fantasy Packs, a Lamar Jackson Elite Item and Power Up, some extra uniforms, and the early access!

It will set you back £80/$90 though.

Franchise Mode

Along with the Face of the Franchise insights, we also got info toward Franchise Mode in Madden 21. Unfortunately the info was much lighter than fans were hoping for, resembling more of a patch than a new edition of the game.

While we can hope for more as we approach Madden 21’s release date, not getting a dev stream on Franchise Mode and Face of the Franchise a bad sign.

Tom Owen