Madden NFL 21’s next-generation upgrade launched a day early and is available now — with one small hitch. The PlayStation 5 version does not currently feature online play due to a last-minute bug.
The update was originally supposed to launch on December 4, but EA surprise released it earlier this morning. While the Xbox Series X|S version of the game features online play, EA notes that servers are not currently connected in the PlayStation 5 version. The company explained the situation in a blog post.
“The PlayStation 5 version of the game is not yet connected to the servers as we’re doing final testing on a problem for which we’ve submitted a solution,” EA said. “We will provide updates this evening on its deployment as we head into launch, but the game can be played offline in the meantime.”
A fix for the PlayStation 5 bug is expected later today, though EA hasn’t provided a firm time frame for the patch.
Players who own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 copy of the game can upgrade the game to its next-generation version for free via the Dual Entitlement feature. EA shared a blog post outlining the different ways players can upgrade the game, both from a physical and digital version of the game. All current progress carries over into the next-gen version. Players can take advantage of the free upgrade until Madden NFL 22 releases next summer.
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