EA Sports’ Madden NFL 21 has announced an official decision on the use of the name “Redskins.”
Earlier this week, Washington owner Dan Snyder announced that the franchise’s longtime nickname and logo were being retired.
“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the Washington football team announced on Monday.
Washington has yet to announce its new nickname and logo.
So, for now, EA Sports’ Madden NFL 21 will be using a “generic” Washington football team. The Redskins name and logo is being removed from the video game.
“We are pleased to see Washington’s decision to change their team name and visual identity,” an EA representative said in a statement. “We are quickly working to update Madden NFL 21 to feature a generic Washington team, while we await final word on the updated team name and logo design.”
The changes to the game will reportedly be made once a user connects to the internet.
“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 said. “Players may continue to see some outdated Washington references in other areas of the game at launch, but we are committed to removing all of those from the game in additional title updates coming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.”
Madden NFL 21 is set to be released on Aug. 25.