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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 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 early end of new content, in which, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020 and the required time/resources to develop the following installment, it led to a reduced amount of additional Ultimate Team cards, which caused the lack of 99 OVR cards for many top current-day players such as Ezekiel Elliott, Khalil Mack, DeAndre Hopkins or Marshon Lattimore, leading to Snoop Dogg calling out EA for the lack of content.

Scrapped/Cancelled Promos

Several promos had some of their assets leaked, such as pack animations, but the promos themselves never happened. Rookie Premiere, which is usually the last promo of each MUT year and released in the first week of July, was released on June 12. Also, the Rookie Premiere promo 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 cancelled promos was Power Up Expansions, which randomly 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 promo 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 as EA was busy with the Golden Tickets and Fan Appreciation, along with the aforementioned 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, and defensive end 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 the Golden Tickets and the early release of Rookie Premiere.

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 high-rated players 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.

Its pack animations were leaked (Tier 1, Tier 2) on April 1, 2020, but the promo was scrapped due to 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

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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