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Madden NFL '20

Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows
Released internationally: August 2, 2019

AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.

Madden NFL 20 is yet another installment in the long-running annual series, once again updating the team rosters and adding Superstar X-Factors but otherwise making only slight changes compared to the previous year's game.

Aside from the usual reasons, the Ultimate Team mode was criticized for its massive lack of 99 overall cards, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020 and forced EA Tiburon employees to work from home while developing Madden NFL 21, it led to a massive drought of Ultimate Team content for the last remaining months leading up to Madden NFL 21's release, which caused many top current-day players such as Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, DeAndre Hopkins and Bobby Wagner to not get 99 OVR cards in the said mode, leading to Snoop Dogg calling out EA after the release of the last Power Up Expansions.

Scrapped/Cancelled/Unreleased Content

Several content/programs had some of their assets leaked, such as pack animations, but the content themselves never happened, likely due to the lack of time/resources, which was likely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused EA Tiburon employees to work remotely from home starting in March 2020. This was also evident by the release of a 99 OVR Jan Stenerud and Ray Guy in the Ultimate Legends program instead of a 99 overall kicker/punter in the Position Heroes or Summer Blockbuster program, in which a 99 overall kicker and punter are also required to get a 99 OVR team.

Rookie Premiere, which is usually the last program of MUT every year and released in the first week of July, was released on June 12, which is a few weeks earlier than usual.

Also, the Rookie Premiere cards re-used a modified Core Elite Pack Animation (which was also used for lower-rated Free Agency cards) when you pull them from a pack.

In place of the scrapped content was Power Up Expansions, which EA picked six players to be upgraded to 98/99 OVR, which heavily focused on players who were average/below average, injured for most of the 2019 NFL season, or were Theme Diamond-level past players who did not have a good enough career to deserve a 99 OVR upgrade.


A cancelled promo that was last seen in MUT 18, which has some high-rated versions of current players that have a special chemistry that gives a +2 boost to a specified attribute to your entire team.

Its pack animation was leaked, but this promo did not materialize. However, the pack animations were used on 96+ Free Agency cards when you pull them from a pack.

Lighting Pack Animation

An unused pack animation, with the code name Lighting was found in the game's files before the game's launch, however the pack animation was never used.

It is unknown which promo this pack animation would have been used for.

Position Heroes

A program in MUT where players trade in several cards from each specific position to earn a 99 OVR card of a player who had a great season of said position.

Its pack animations were leaked (Tier 1, which would likely be used for lower-rated Position Hero cards, while Tier 2 would be used for the full Position Hero cards) on April 1, 2020, but the promo did not happen for the first time since Madden NFL 25 due to time constraints as EA Tiburon employees had to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused their office to be closed, the release of a 99 overall Jan Stenerud and Ray Guy via the Ultimate Legends program (in which a 99 OVR kicker and punter would usually be the last cards released as they are required as part of getting a 99 OVR team), and the early release of Rookie Premiere.

Some players that would have gotten a 99 OVR card in this promo include quarterback DeShaun Watson, running back Nick Chubb, defensive end Danielle Hunter, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, wide receiver DeVante Parker, safety Justin Simmons, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward.


In Madden NFL 19, a Movers Program where two limited-time 99 OVR cards of then-recently traded wide receivers and previous Madden cover athletes Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown were released as a separate program from the Free Agency program.

Its pack animation was leaked, but the promo did not end up happening due to EA being focused on developing Madden NFL 21 while working from home, which caused the early release of Rookie Premiere, and the lack of resources/time as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions that closed EA Tiburon’s office.

Some players that would have gotten a 99 OVR card in this promo include defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, cornerback Darius Slay and wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs.

Summer Blockbusters

A program which gives 99 OVR upgrades to many Pro Bowl/All-Pro players that last appeared in Madden NFL 18, in which the player can trade in certain players or collectible items to earn Movie Tickets. Once the player earns 10 Movie Tickets, they can redeem those to get a 99 OVR version of a top-tiered present-day superstar. This promo usually happens in the mid-late part of June/early part of July.

Aside from having 99 overall versions of top tiered present-day players, there is also a head coach card with a boost that gives 2 speed to their entire lineup. This card would have likely been Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

Its pack animations were leaked (Tier 1, Tier 2) on April 1, 2020, but the promo was scrapped due to the lack of time/resources as a result of having to work from home due to the pandemic, as well as the release of the Jan Stenerud and Ray Guy Ultimate Legends, and the early release of Rookie Premiere. Similarly, a Blockbusters jersey set (both white and color) was leaked, but the jerseys themselves were not made available due to the cancellation of said promo.

Some players that would have gotten a 99 OVR card in this promo include tight end George Kittle, running back Derrick Henry, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive lineman Aaron Donald, defensive end/outside linebacker Khalil Mack, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Jamal Adams, and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Revisional Differences

Patched methods

Several sets/quicksells were changed, due to said method being used as coin making methods.

Gingerbread Sets

Due to being abused as a loophole during the Team of the Year program, the Gingerbread sets for Adrian Peterson, Amari Cooper and Ted Hendricks were changed from being repeatable indefinitely to a one-time completable set.

Color Smash Set

For the same above reasons, the Color Smash master sets for Barry Sanders and Ed Reed were changed to be only completable three times each.

Alternate Playbook Quicksell

Originally, these playbooks costing 150 training quicksold for 500 coins, but after the release of the Charles Tillman/Edgerrin James Power Up Expansion set, the quicksell of the playbooks was reduced to 125 training, with EA claiming that the reasoning for the change is to protect players from being unable to access their Unopened Packs.

Changed Card Arts

To do:
Find a photo of Odell Beckham Jr.'s revised MUT Superstar card art.

Some time in August 2019, Odell Beckham Jr.'s MUT Superstars card art was updated to change his photo from his photo in a New York Giants uniform to a Cleveland Browns uniform.

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Legend Pack prices

The prices for the Legends Fantasy Pack (90,000 coins or 1,200 points) and the Ultimate Legends Fantasy Packs (180,000 coins or 2,000 points) were reduced to 50% of the said prices after the release of the final Ultimate Legends cards (Bo Jackson, Bobby Bell and Joe Klecko)