Next month’s Madden NFL 21 is being altered at the last minute to remove mentions of the Washington Redskins team name and logo imagery, the company confirmed to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf.
“We are pleased to see Washington’s decision to change their team name and visual identity,” an EA spokesperson said in a statement. “We are quickly working to update Madden NFL 21 to feature a generic Washington team while we await word on the updated team name and logo design.”
Hard copies of the game already in production have the name and logo, but will be removed once users connect the game to the internet.
“Changes to the name and logo will come via title updates that will download automatically,” the EA rep explained. “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 Players may continue to see some outdated Washington references in other areas of the game at launch, but we are committed to removing all of those from the game in additional title updates coming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.”
“Players who purchase a physical disc will need to connect online to receive the Washington team changes, as the game is now in the final stages of preparation before shipping,” they said.
It was just on Monday when owner Dan Snyder was forced to retire the name and logo after pressure from major sponsors and retailers who pulled all of their merchandise.