The all-new Madden NFL mode this year is called "The Yard," and it's a tribute to the backyard games that EA Sports says will see the kind of "fast, small gameplay" that NFL Street football fans have found and others. arcade-style titles.
The Yard offers more than just six-man football with tricky plays and basic variants. Players will create an avatar, guide it through a progression system that earns experience points and rewards, and customize their appearance and equipment in an ever-renewing "Style Zone". This character is the star of the narrative style “The Yard: Underground”, available on the Madden NFL 21 Mobile app starting today.
The Yard and The Yard: Underground share inventory, evolution, and in-game currency. Clearly, EA is trying to drive engagement with the free Madden NFL Mobile app once the main game launches. The games in The Yard are run according to the user's house rules, which allow things like double passes and scoring rewards for certain types of games and the like.
It kind of reminds us of what EA Sports' FIFA 20 game tried with Volta Football, a street football / futsal mode with a narrative campaign and a dedicated star. Volta Football fared well against its goals, but the situation had little impact on a community otherwise occupied by Football Ultimate Team and the deep game manager group.
Madden NFL 20 introduced the 'face of the franchise' last year, which formed the storyline for the series' single player mode. But customizing players isn't quite as deep as what The Yard is promoting, and there was an online component as well. In 2017, the first chapter of NFL's "Longshot" story featured 18 backyard-style minigames, but it was limited to that mode only. Longshot ended after its Madden NFL 19 sequel.
“We wanted to create a new way for players to express themselves and engage in football with small aspects in an arcade-style experience that is completely new to Madden,” Madden NFL Executive Producer Sean Graddy said in a statement. "Players will immerse themselves in all-new gameplay on mobile and consoles that will make football in the backyard of NFL players and fans a likable one, the rules have been relaxed and you can win the behavior."
Madden NFL 21 launched on August 25 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Google Stadia releases will follow later. MMOexp will provide full stock Madden NFL 21 Coins at that time!