For the first time in Madden NFL history, the cover athlete in back-to-back years are teammates, as the five-time Superbowl champion follows last year’s cover athlete, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The latest installment to the longest-running sports franchise will now be powers by Frostbite — following FIFA 17– which according to EA, “Delivers a significant visual leap not only to the players, but crowds, stadiums, and more.”
Following today’s cover reveal, Electronic Arts revealed Madden NFL 18’s pre-order bonuses. Those who pre-order the standard version will receive five Squad Packs and the choice of an Elite player for use in Ultimate Team.
Meanwhile, those who pre-order the G.O.A.T. Edition will get the previously mentioned content in the standard edition, as well as the ability to choose one of five G.O.A.T. players for Ultimate Team. Those who own this edition will also get three-day early access to the game, allowing them to dive into the action on August 22.
In addition the early access pre-orders, EA Access members will also be able to try out the game early for up to 10 hours starting August 17, so if you have both, than that’s a win-win for you. Madden NFL 18 will be available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 25th.
EA will share additional details about Madden NFL 18, as well as a new mode, at EA play on June 10. The publisher will showcase a number of other games as well, including Ghost Games’ new Need for Speed title, as well as FIFA 18, NBA Live 18 and Star Wars Battlefront II.