The Madden NFL 21 current- to next-gen upgrade deal offered by EA has today been extended by the publisher after backlash from consumers.
Announced during May 2020’s Inside Xbox third-party Xbox Series X livestream, EA calls its program “Dual Entitlement”, though it’s largely similar to Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system. While both programs provide access to a title across Xbox One and Xbox Series X with just one purchase of the game, EA’s program is timed. Today, EA explained that the time period available for Dual Entitlement has been increased.
Originally available until March 31 2021, the offer has been extended to last until the release of Madden NFL 22, so somewhere around August 2021. To qualify for Dual Entitlement, a user must buy Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One before 31 December 2020.
“During our recent Inside Xbox announce, we included some dates limiting this Dual Entitlement approach,” EA’s Next Level website now reads. “Having listened to our players response we’re extending the offer all the way through our Madden 21 season up to the release of Madden NFL 22, so players can upgrade to Madden NFL 21 on Xbox Series X whenever they first purchase their new console within that period.”
Madden NFL 21 heads to Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4 and PS5 later this year.