It’s been known that it was coming for some time, but on Wednesday EA Sports officially unveiled its new mode “The Yard” coming to Madden 21.

Touted by EA Sports as a “fun, dynamic mode”, The Yard will allow players to experience a quicker, more fast-paced form of backyard football.

The first version of the mode is available starting Wednesday, August 5 in the Madden NFL 21 Mobile app. In the app, players will be able to create a player and play in the new The Yard: Underground mode which is a single-player mode featuring 5-on-5 gameplay. The mode won’t just be on mobile, however, as The Yard will be in the console version Madden 21 when it launches on August 28.

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In the console version of the mode, players will play 6-on-6 football either solo, online co-op, or in online head-to-head games in teams of one, two, or three players. By earning wins in the mode players will gain experience points (XP) to level up their player as well as rewards for your player. As you advance you’ll also find yourself playing in different locations with a variety of rule sets.

“We wanted to create a new way for players to express themselves and take on small-sided football in an arcade-style experience that’s completely new to Madden,” said Seann Graddy, Executive Producer of Madden NFL 21. “The Yard is fast, thrilling and most importantly fun. Players will delve into all new gameplay on mobile and on consoles that will bring to life the backyard football that NFL players and fans grew up loving, where the rules are relaxed and you can win with attitude.”

For those who play both versions of the mode — console and mobile — you’ll be able to connect between the two games to access your avatar, gear, in-game currency, and Madden Rank.

Madden 21 launches August 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. More details on The Yard will be available prior to the game’s launch.

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