Madden NFL 21, the latest installment in the popular American football video game franchise is coming to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on March 2. Microsoft added the full EA Play Catalog to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no additional last cost on November 10, and the EA Play catalog will also come to Xbox Game Pass for PC later this year.
The Xbox One version of Madden NFL 21 was released on August 28, and it’s backwards-compatible on Xbox Series X|S consoles. EA also released a separate next-gen version of Madden NFL 21 on December 4 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles, but customers who purchase the “last-gen” version of the game get the next-gen version for free via EA’s dual-entitlement system.
The announcement post on Xbox Wire doesn’t say anything about the next-gen version of Madden NFL 21 also coming to EA Play/Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on March 2, but it’s likely that only the Xbox One version of the game will be playable. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to get more details and we’ll update this post if we hear anything back.
In the meantime, EA also said yesterday that EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will also receive three Gold Team Fantasy MUT Packs every month for Madden NFL 21. If you have to subscribe to either EA Play or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, both services are currently priced at $1 for the first month.
Update February 25 2:13 PM PT: A Microsoft spokesperson has now confirmed to us that both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of Madden NFL 21 will be available with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on March 2. "Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members on Xbox Series X|S have access to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of ‘Madden NFL 21.’ Members on Xbox One have access to the Xbox One version," the Microsoft spokesperson said.