Electronic Arts ‘quickly moving’ to remove Redskins name from Madden 21
Madden 21 will no longer feature the Washington Redskins. It will feature a generic Washington team until the new name is announced.
When the Washington Redskins announced that they would be changing their name, one of the peripheral fallouts from the decision came in regard to Madden 21. With the popular video game set to release in the near future, fans and gamers alike questioned whether or not the Redskins name would be included in the game for one last season.
Well, the answer appears to be no. According to Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, an Electronic Arts (EA) spokesperson confirmed that the company is planning on having a generic Washington team available to play as instead of the Redskins.
"We are pleased to see Washington’s decision to change their team name and visual identity. We are quickly working to update Madden NFL 21 to feature a generic Washington team, while we await final word on the updated team name and logo design."
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Some discs of the copy will still have the former name and logo, but an update will be available to change those. The update will be automatically triggered by connecting to the Internet, but the company did acknowledge that some “outdated” references may remain in the early stages of the game. And once the new name and logo come out, they will be added to the game.
"Changes to the name and logo will come via title updates that will download automatically. The first changes will be available to our EA Access players and will include audio/commentary updates; motion graphics and presentation updates; stadium art, environments, crowd gear and signage updates; and uniform updates. Players may continue to see some outdated Washington references in other areas of the game at launch, but we are committed to removing all of those from the game in additional title updates coming shortly after launch."
This will disappoint some Washington fans who hoped to have one last go of it under the old moniker in Madden. But the change was to be expected with the team having officially retired the Redskins nickname.
It will be interesting to see how EA handles a generic logo — if they should need one as the team decides on a new name. But that’s about the only notable change. The rest of the team, including the players on it, will remain the same as will the gameplay.