Electronic Arts has extended its offer to Madden 21 players, providing them with more time to upgrade from Xbox One to Xbox Series X.
EA has announced it will now allow Madden 21 players the ability to upgrade the game on Xbox One to Xbox Series X up to the release of Madden 22.
The upgrade was announced during an episode of Inside Xbox which revealed that those interested in Madden NFL 21 would be able upgrade from Xbox One to Xbox Series X at no additional cost.
While that was all well and good, fans of the series felt the available timespan wasn't fair, as many wouldn't be upgrading to Xbox Series X during that timeframe. Originally, EA said the game would make use of Microsoft's Smart Delivery service which means if you purchase the Xbox One version of a game, you will receive a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X version.
In order to take advantage of this, Madden NFL 21 customers would have to buy the game by December 31, 2020. They would then have to redeem the upgrade by March 31, 2021. With Xbox Series X coming out this holiday season, many felt the offer was only fair to those who purchaed the console at launch (thanks, Polygon).
After listening to players, EA said it will extend the Dual Entitlement offer up to the release of Madden 22. This will allow players to "upgrade to Madden NFL 21 on Xbox Series X whenever they first purchase their new console within that period." Madden 22 is expected to release during summer 2021.
The company said it will provide an update with details for other platforms soon.
Madden 21 will be released for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and the new entitlement option means the game will no longer be "taking advantage of Microsoft’s Smart Delivery technology."