It should come as no surprise that Madden NFL will return sometime this year. Today, EA announced the new cover athlete to the most popular football video game franchise of all time – NFL Quarterback Tom Brady! For those of you who remember, Rob Gronkowski was the cover athlete for last year’s edition. And with all the drama that happened to the Patriots that ended in a Super Bowl victory, it should come as no surprise that Tom Brady was named the cover athlete.
“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” said Brady in a press release from EA. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”
I don’t know about you, but I would NOT challenge the cover curse like Brady just did….
The press release contained some other news that you may be interested in. As you may or may not know, EA Play will be held from June 10-12th in LA. Tickets may still be available if you act quickly! Fans will have the opportunity to try Madden NFL 2018 along with other EA titles before E3 starts on the 13th.
And in more news from the press release, EA also announced pre-order offers for two distinct editions of Madden NFL 18. Fans who pre-order the standard edition will receive numerous benefits, including the choice of an Elite player from their favorite NFL team for use in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, as well as five Squad Packs, redeemable at launch. In celebration of the Greatest of All Time, those looking for even more can opt for the G.O.A.T. Edition, which gets them not only what’s in the standard edition, but also one of five G.O.A.T. players of their choice for Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, and more.
Fans can also play the finished game before launch day: G.O.A.T. Edition owners get three-day early access, letting them start their season on Tuesday, August 22, while EA Access members can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, August 17 with the EA Access Play First Trial.
This weekend also marks the finals of the Madden Championship, the culmination of the first year of Madden NFL’s competitive gaming series. The top-ranked competitors of the series are all vying for their share of the $500,000 prize pool, and the right to be named the Madden NFL Champion. The 2017 Madden Championship airs live on NFL Network, Twitch, Facebook and YouTube this Sunday, May 14 at 9:00pm ET, with a re-air on NFL Network the same night at 12:00am ET. Fans can also get full coverage from the weekend on the Madden NFL website.
Madden NFL 18 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available worldwide on August 25 for Xbox One and PlayStation®4.
And finally, Xbox members with EA Access receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase a digital version of the Madden NFL 18 on Xbox Live.
Check out the teaser trailer for Madden NFL 2018, which features what looks like a career mode like the one that was included in FIFA 2017 –
Are you excited? What changes do you hope to see in this year’s edition? Let us know in the comments below!