Xbox Support recently announced a new system update to fix the trial timer countdown glitch found during the Madden 22 early access trial. The glitch caused the trial’s 10-hour timer to skip to zero upon closing the game, regardless of how much time players still had available.
As a result of the trial timer countdown bug, early access for Madden 22 was extended to the end of the day on August 17 and with unlimited play time. However, the extension was available only to the players affected by the glitch – specifically Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play members (on Xbox consoles). While bugs show up in pre-release game trials all the time, the countdown timer glitch added to concerns that this year’s Madden iteration will experience a bug-filled launch similar to that of its predecessor. The variety of bugs reported at Madden 21’s release resulted in EA being urged to drop the franchise altogether.
Xbox Support recently announced a system update that will patch the trial timer glitch and ensure quitting the game doesn’t clear the countdown. The post also attached a step-by-step guide for how to receive Xbox One system updates, and explicitly encouraged players to “update [their] console to the newest version” using the webpage’s instructions. The fix arrives just one day before the launch of the game, but early looks into Madden 22 already indicate it surpassed many of the shortcomings of Madden 21 despite the early access trial bug.
Developer EA didn’t add new game modes to Madden 22, but it greatly improved upon pre-existing modes like Franchise. The developer also added smaller tweaks to modes like Ultimate Team, where additional Strategy Items allow players to boost the stats of individual team members. The result is a Madden game that has seemingly improved and learned from the bigger pitfalls of Madden 21. Throughout game’s development, EA also made a point to update fans about the changes they were implementing in Madden 22.
The fix may have given only a limited window for some early access trial players to catch up on their robbed time, but this shouldn’t be a problem given the game’s nearby release date. The predicted improvements implemented in Madden 22 could enable any lingering frustrations over this early access hiccup to boil over. Hopefully, remaining bugs are similarly resolved and players can blitz through their first hours of the game uninterrupted.
Madden 22 will be released on August 20 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Google Stadia.
Source: Xbox Support/Twitter