Update 1.15 has been released for Madden NFL 21, and here’s the full list of changes and fixes added with this patch. The November title update fixes a number of issues and makes a few adjustments on all platforms. There’s a new mode called Superstar KO mode called Endless Run, and that’s the major new addition with this update. There have been quite a few tweaks made to gameplay mechanics, however, with the QB Slide and Dive mechanics being updated following fan feedback. Here’s everything new with Madden NFL 21 update 1.15.
Madden NFL 21 Update 1.15 Patch Notes
New Gameplay Mode: SSKO Endless Run
Gameplay fixes and tuning
Updated QB Slide and QB Dive mechanic
Streamlined and updated parts of the MUT UI
Franchise & Yard stability improvements
Multi-user Franchise draft crashes have been fixed
Uniform and gear authenticity updates
Fixed an issue allowing defensive teammates to cause a knockout on their teammate during an interception
Tuning to decrease catching penalties for defenders catching in traffic
DEV NOTE: These two changes will reduce the number of dropped interceptions for the defense, but they will not eliminate them completely. There will still be situations where defenders will not successfully catch INT’s based on ratings, physics, or interactions.
Fixed an issue preventing fumbles when not fatigued on QB Draw plays so Quarterbacks will now fumble much more as a result of hits regardless of fatigue level
Added logic to slow down the QB’s acceleration at the end of the dropback on QB Draw plays, as well as restricting the direction the QB can move immediately after catching the snap
DEV NOTE: Based on player feedback and stats data, we saw that QB Draw has become too powerful. With these changes, the QB Draw play will have to be used more strategically rather than being a core play.
Fixed an issue causing RAC catches to be dropped a little too frequently; also tuning to reduce the distance for additional defenders to cause catch-knockouts
DEV NOTE: Based on player-feedback and playtesting, we found that RAC catches specifically were being dropped too much on both Competitive and Simulation game styles. These changes will significantly increase the chances of successful RAC catches when throwing to receivers with a step or two of separation on the coverage and provide better balance vs. man coverage.
Fixed the issue allowing pass rushers to disengage for quick pressure after a defensive-line ‘crash’ adjustment in formations like 3-4 Bear and 3-4 Cub
Updated the QB Slide and QB Dive mechanic for ease of use:
Tap X/Square = Slide
Hold X/Square = Dive
DEV NOTE: This is the second time we’ve changed these mechanics via title update this year, which is certainly not ideal, but our players told us that the previous iterations simply were not working for them. This change reverts the controls back to what players are most familiar with and will be the same for all ball carriers, meaning that giving up with a ball carrier will be the same controls as QB slide, a tap of the X/Square button.
Tuning to reduce inaccurate passes caused by pressure
Tuning to decrease average yards per carry on Outside Zone and Stretch running plays on Competitive All-Pro and All-Madden
DEV NOTE: Our stat-tracking data has recently shown a spike in average yards per carry on outside running plays on the Competitive game style, so we are making some tuning adjustments to blocking to reduce the effectiveness of these plays.
Fixed an issue preventing AI edge-rush animations from triggering in certain alignments
Fixed an issue causing frequent ‘Roughing the Kicker’ penalties on the ‘Field Goal Safe Man’ defensive play
Fixed an issue causing the ball to sometimes launch across the field after a hit-stick vs. the receiver on certain catch animations
Tuning to the steering on the Truck move for the Bruiser ball-carrier archetype to reduce the fast oversteer that was beginning to be used as an exploit
Fixed an issue causing fullbacks and tight ends to inappropriately swap positions via an audible to certain formations
Fixed an issue allowing WRs to subbed into the HB position by audibling across formations within the same personnel grouping
Madden Ultimate Team Updates
Condensed individual Training Point reward screens to one combined reward screen
Remedied an issue where users had to open Fantasy Packs twice
Updated the art on the Item Compare screen
Face of the Franchise Updates:
General stability improvements
General stability improvements
Fixed an issue causing users to crash when making their selection during the draft in multi-user leagues
The Yard Updates
Stability and reliability improvements
Superstar KO Updates
New Mode: Endless Run – Compete to set the highest win streak in Superstar KO history! Play until you lose and then see how you match up against the greatest KO players in our new global leaderboards for Endless Run.
Cowboys home pants now less green to match the changes they made on field this year to the color of their “Seafoam Pants”
Mouthpieces are now enabled throughout the game, we took extra time to ensure we covered all the bases and it would work everywhere correctly, as a longstanding community request we are happy to announce these are usable and fully functioning throughout the whole game.