EA Sports recently announced Madden NFL 22 and confirms the game will be $69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles with no free upgrade.
Like Battlefield 2042, Madden NFL 22 will not support EA's Dual Entitlement program, which gave current-gen players a free next-gen upgrade. EA used this program in 2020 to ensure a smooth transition between platforms. Madden NFL 22 will not support Smart Delivery on Xbox platforms either.
And like Battlefield 2042, Madden NFL 22 will have exclusive features only available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. These features, along with the graphical enhancements, are believed to be the basis for the $10 cost hike.
The next-gen exclusive features include higher-end AI (which again is also included in Battlefield 2042 albeit not as an exclusive feature for next-gen console hardware).
Dynamic Gameday* in Madden NFL 22 is powered by three new features:
Gameday Atmosphere*, Gameday Momentum*, and Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI*.
Gameday Atmosphere* connects players to their NFL fandom through the crowds, environments, and presentation elements that enhance and impact every game.
New Gameday Momentum* performance-based mechanics, including Home Field Advantage* which provides a unique game condition tailored to each NFL team's stadium atmosphere, swing momentum, bringing the tangible influence of momentum to life on the field.
Lastly, Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI*, powered by real-world player data that will evolve throughout the season, changes AI behavior and team tendencies to make NFL superstars and the personality of each team more true-to-life.
*Dynamic Gameday, Gameday Atmosphere, Gameday Momentum, Next Gen Stats Star-Driven AI, Home Field Advantage, Star-Driven AI are only available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Madden NFL 22 releases August 20 on current- and next-gen consoles and PC.
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