While the world continues to struggle under the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, sports have attempted (with varying degrees of achievement ) to keep as ordinary and provide people some entertainment. While video games, such as sports, have provided a needed reprieve for all, even they aren’t immune. Dragon Hunter Rise was postponed; later, production was halted for a month. And while the NFL is trying to prevent any delays to its own season, 1 event is going virtual this season, the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl is an annual all-star event that happens the week before the Super Bowl and contains the best players in the game taking the field against each other in a glorified exhibition match. While the score doesn’t usually matter, it’s the only place to locate the league’s greatest players, all at precisely the same time. However, this really is a strange season, and following some success using a Virtual Madden NFL 21 tailgate party that featured actors, athletes, and streamers hanging out, the NFL seems to be attempting this again.
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The NFL announced today the 2021 Pro Bowl would go virtual, being decided on the digital turf of Madden NFL 21. For a normal Pro Bowl, fans get to vote for their favorite players, which will be no different this year. Apart from the Pro Bowl itself, the NFL will soon be holding several events to coincide with the virtual Pro Bowl, such as in-game content for those that have Madden NFL 21. Voting for preferred players will run till December 17th, with the Pro Bowl event(s) scheduled for the end of January or early February.
The event promises a”new revolutionary experience for our players and fans” with supportive backing from EA Sports and the NFL. Madden NFL 21 has seen some controversy since its launch, so hopefully, those issues regarding loot boxes and in-game glitches are resolved before the Pro Bowl occasion.
Despite this controversy, Madden NFL 21 was the top vendor when it was released, and with the PS5 and Xbox collection, X launch dates for its game announced stands to add to that strong start.
EA is also putting in some effort to polish up the game, with Madden 21’s franchise-style getting a major update. Future updates are on the way too, which is a good sign and shows the company does care about the product they’re putting out.
The Pro Bowl going virtual is just another sign of how COVID-19 is still a genuine danger, and while a digital event might not feel the same, ideally, it creates something fascinating for both fans and gamers alike.