Electronic Arts made the announcement Friday that they will be removing Washington’s name and logo from Madden 21. Kotaku was the first to report the change as the game gets ready to be released on August 25th.
Details on Madden, Washington Changes
In a statement, an EA representative said, “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 the final word on the updated team name and logo design.”
One note to make for those who buy the physical copy will not see a change. This is due to the physical discs already in production prior to the change. Gamers connected to the internet can update the game once it downloads into the console.
“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,” EA’s statement continued. “Players may continue to see some outdated Washington references in other areas of the game at launch, but we are committed to removing all of those from the game in additional title updates coming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.”
The change had to come as Washington announced earlier in the week that they would retire their name and logo. Washington is still looking into other alternatives for nicknames and logos. They have been doing extensive research on figuring out which direction to go.