Will EA adapt NBA 2K’s The Park? – Madden 21, The Yard, FIFA 21, NHL 21 & more

The NBA 2K series is a massive innovator for sports franchises, and we expect plenty more in NBA 2K21.

One of the more successful additions to the series in recent years has been The Park, where players can join others as their own created characters to play games of different sizes online.

As we approach release dates for many major sports games ahead of next-gen consoles, we might just see other games like FIFA 21, Madden 21, and NHL 21 adapt The Park. In fact, according to leaks, one already has.

The impact of The Park

Sports games have been pressed to introduce new successful game modes over the years.

INNOVATION: The NBA 2K series has come a long way from its first introductions of the exciting game mode The Park

The NBA 2K series has pioneered a game mode that keeps players coming back time and time again – The Park.

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And while we expect NBA 2K21 to build on the success of the game mode, it might not be the only major sports game with this kind of gameplay come next-gen consoles

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One game that leaks point to adapting The Park is Madden 21, and its upcoming game mode The Yard.

Madden 21 and The Yard

Madden 21 is just around the corner, and we’ve gotten plenty of big reveals from EA on the game.

This includes a full roster ratings reveal, developer streams and Gridiron Notes going into depth on upcoming features, and even a Closed Beta period open to tons of players.

madden 21 the yard 3
LEAKS: Could Madden 21 be adapting The Park with its upcoming game mode The Yard?

One reveal that isn’t yet confirmed is a new game mode, The Yard. From leaks, it looks like the game mode will take some heavy influence from The Park. According to the leaks, it will allow players to join with others as their own Superstars to play 6 on 6.

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If this is indeed the new game mode coming to Madden 21, fans will be lining up to try it out. If it has the success of The Park, it could entirely change the online ecosystem of Madden 21.

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And Madden might not be the only series that could potentially take influence from The Park.


EA have been relatively silent about FIFA 21. Recently however they’ve revealed the cover star for all three of its editions, Kylian Mbappe. EA have also scheduled the Official Reveal Trailer.

Kylian Mbappe FIFA 21 cover star
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We don’t have any leaks or rumors yet that imply FIFA 21 will adapt NBA 2K’s Park game mode.

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But if the Madden 21 leaks are to be believed, it wouldn’t be farfetched for EA to move in this direction.

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And much like Madden 21, FIFA 21 would be ripe for this kind of new game mode.

NHL 21

Another major EA sports title on the way is NHL 21.

NHL 21 potential cover star Nathan Mackinnon
WHAT’S NEXT?: Could an adaption of The Park make its way onto the ice in NHL 21?

Fans were worried about the lack of promotion about the game over the last few months. But now EA has come through with a developer’s update on NHL 21 explaining what’s to come.

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In the update, we learned that the NHL 21 development team will be focusing on innovating new features for the series on current-gen consoles rather than releasing a next-gen version with exclusive features.

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EA’s NHL series is sore for innovation and some casual appeal outside of the hockey audience. By adapting a Park-style game mode, EA could breathe some new life into the games.

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