We’re not really sure why, but there is much excitement over a cover star. And that of the Madden NFL cover star is greater than most. It’s no surprise then when those excitement levels reach fever pitch as EA come out with all the details, the dates and the confirmation of the athlete who will be present across their annual franchise for the next 12 months. That’s the case here and now with EA SPORTS Madden NFL 22.
Confirmed to launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Google Stadia and PC through both Origin and Steam stores, Madden NFL 22 will hit those stores come August 20th 2021 as players get the chance to take in EA’s latest feature set, with improved gameplay, additional features and robust updates. Oh, and it’s here where two NFL Super Bowl champions, MVPs, and icons of sport culture, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will grace the cover.
“It’s a great experience being on the cover of Madden NFL 22 with Patrick. We both share a love for the game of football and to be a part of this iconic franchise is very special,” said seven-time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady. “This year’s game really captures the energy and unpredictability that you see on the field every Sunday and we’re excited for fans to experience it for themselves.”
“I, like most players in the League, have been a big fan of Madden NFL for as long as I can remember, and to be on the cover – not only for a second time, but also with Tom Brady, an all-time great – is surreal,” said Patrick Mahomes. “This is only the second time two athletes have been on the cover together and we’re both eager for fans to dig into Dynamic Gameday which makes the game more immersive, authentic and keeps it fresh year-round.”
Madden NFL 22 gets set to leverages the power of next generation consoles to deliver the raw energy, emotion, and unpredictability of the NFL through brand-new Dynamic Gameday covering the Gameday Atmosphere, Momentum and Next-Gen Stats: Star Driven AI, which impacts gameplay across every mode. Whether installing a weekly gameplan in Franchise or going head-to-head in Play Now, games in Madden NFL 22 will feel fresh with a deeper level of strategy and storytelling in each match-up and in each stadium.
These elements break down with the Gameday Atmosphere connecting players to their NFL fandom through the crowds, environments, and presentation elements that enhance and impact every game. Meanwhile, new Gameday Momentum performance-based mechanics, including Home Field Advantage provides a unique game condition tailored to each NFL team’s stadium atmosphere, swing momentum, bringing the tangible influence of momentum to life on the field. Lastly, Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI is powered by real world player data that will evolve throughout the season, changes AI behavior and team tendencies to make NFL superstars and the personality of each team more true-to-life.
“Last year, we had more players than ever in Madden and we’re looking forward to bringing a new experience in Madden NFL 22 that will be more emotional, authentic, and realistic with Dynamic Gameday improving gameplay across the game,” said Seann Graddy, Executive Producer of Madden NFL 22. “We’re always collecting feedback from our players to improve Madden NFL with each edition and in real time with our live service during the year. We’ll continue that approach this year, including doubling down on our commitment to Franchise, maintaining the momentum we started in Madden NFL 21, by delivering more of the top-requested Franchise features both at launch and throughout the season.”
As you would expect from EA’s Madden update, Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 22 will make players feel more connected and in control of their team, with more detailed staff management and skill tree progression systems, and comprehensive weekly game strategy with a revamped Season Engine that keeps things fresh every week. Franchise will also continue to see improvements throughout the year via multiple live service updates.
But there’s more and Madden NFL’ s newest mode, The Yard, will feature an all-new single player campaign and avatar progression system that shares progress, rewards and vanity with Face of the Franchise. Face of The Franchise returns with an all-new story, player class system, and the option to play on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker for the first time. Superstar KO will bring multiplayer squad play to NFL teams with the addition of real-world NFL teams to the mode for the first time. Plus, Madden Ultimate Team will deliver a new season of content, allow for halftime adjustments to Superstar X-Factors and integrate Next Gen Stats to track stats for player items.
You’ll be able to get hands-on with Madden NFL 22 come August 20th on Xbox One (£59.99), Xbox Series X|S (£69.99), PS4, PS5, Google Stadia and PC. You can pre-order it ahead of that time too, and doing so will see you receiving numerous benefits including new vanity items and content in Ultimate Team, as well as first-time benefits in Franchise, Face of the Franchise, and The Yard.
If you really wish to splash out, both the £89.99 MVP Edition and pre-order and EA Play Pro only £109.99 Dynasty Edition feature 3-Day Early Access, whilst Dual Entitlement is in place for players planning to upgrade their Madden NFL experience on a next-gen consoles, and much more. And yes, EA Play members will be able to get more out of Madden NFL 22 with early trial access and monthly in-game rewards.