The publisher announced at the next-generation game show on Inside Xbox last month that players who bought the game Xbox One will get the next-generation version for free.
However, Polygon reported that this initially came with a warning. The statement on the EA website previously stated that players must purchase Madden NFL 21 before December 31, 2020 to be eligible for this offer, and get the Xbox Series X version by March 31, 2021.
In fact, this will force all Mut 21 coins players to purchase a copy of the game this year and purchase a new console within the first few months of release.
Since then, EA has changed this policy, although it has not been publicly announced. The publisher told Polygon that it “decided to block consumer-facing communication” to “make people hear more important voices”.
This refers to the brutal and racially unjust protests against the police, for which EA has donated more than $1 million.
The revised statement on the EA Sports website clarified that the proposal for a free Xbox Xbox X upgrade has been extended to "the entire process from our Madden 21 season to the release of Madden NFL 22."
The company stated that the change was "listened to our players' response", which indicates that the initial time limit was not well accepted.
Interestingly, the free upgrade is obviously not handled by Microsoft’s Smart Delivery technology, which allows owners of eligible Xbox One titles to access the Xbox Series X version.
Since Madden NFL 21 will be released on August 25, much earlier than the next-generation console, EA is working with Microsoft to develop its own "dual rights" plan. This means that the owners of Madden on Xbox One will still receive a free upgrade, which will have features not provided by the current generation.
In the FAQ, the publisher does not promise whether PS4 owners who upgrade to PS5 can use the same offer. More news about this issue will be available in EA Play Live on June 18.