The Madden NFL 21 team launched their latest Gridiron Notes, shortly after their gameplay Twitch stream this evening. It’s filled to the brim with gameplay goodies.
Included are various ways the team improved run defense, made tackling improvements and added location-based tackles, making players more aware of their field location and react accordingly, including the pylon, goal line, sideline and first down marker.
While there’s not a direct button input on the sticks for these tackles, they will be driven by player ratings and Superstar Abilities. In addition to the abilities, the defenders’ Tackle and Awareness ratings compared to the Ball Carriers’ Vision and Awareness ratings will drive the outcomes of these interactions dynamically.
They also go over the zone drop coach adjustment, to customize the depth of your zone-drops for underneath zone defenders.
The team also tweaked catching responsiveness, player personnel packaging, balance for repeated audibles and play flips in pre-play and player fatigue for out of position ball carriers.
The kick meter has finally been tuned as well in sim mode, so kickers and punters don’t always launch unrealistically deep kicks, while the wind impact on the kicking game will be less significant.
They also discuss ability improvements with more specific details coming at a later date. Make sure to read the entire Gridiron Notes, as it has a lot of solid details.