Update: EA has revealed more on this via its website, suggesting the upgrade program is called "Next Level". It says the plan is to allow players to carry over their MUT Points, achievements, items, etc from the Xbox One version to Xbox Series X, but is "still working through the details of player progress."
Additionally, the company says that Madden NFL 21 will be available for Xbox One in the summer, but no date has yet been confirmed for the Xbox Series X version.
Original Story: EA has announced Madden NFL 21 for Xbox Series X, revealing a short trailer for the game during today's Inside Xbox broadcast. However, while it was previously alluded to that the company might be supporting Microsoft's 'Smart Delivery' feature, it looks like it might be using something else entirely.
In a press release earlier today, EA revealed that Xbox One owners of Madden NFL 21 will indeed get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X version, but with some restrictions in place.
"To receive the offer, players must purchase Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One by December 31, 2020 and upgrade to Xbox Series X by March 31, 2021."
Interestingly, EA didn't mention anything about Smart Delivery in its press release, choosing instead to refer to the upgrade as a "program" between EA Sports and Microsoft. Whether it's referring to Smart Delivery remains to be seen, but the company says it will have more news on its next-gen EA Sports titles as it approaches EA Play Live on June 11.
"Today, during an episode of Inside Xbox, Super Bowl MVP and Madden NFL 20 cover athlete Patrick Mahomes unveiled that EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 is coming to Xbox Series X, promising to make players feel next level when the next generation console launches. EA SPORTS and Microsoft also announced a program for players who purchase Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One to upgrade to Xbox Series X at no additional cost, ensuring that players will not have to purchase Madden NFL 21 twice."
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