EA has dropped some initial news today about this year’s edition of Madden NFL, the long-running sports franchise. In a press release issued today, EA announced that Madden NFL 17 will be launching on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 this Aug. 23.
The cover for the game, which traditionally features a current athlete from the world of American football, will be revealed at the 6.p.m. Eastern Time edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday May 12, alongside a gameplay reveal trailer.
For the past six years, the fans have voted for who they would like to feature on the box art of each Madden game, but this year represents the first time since 2009 that EA will be choosing a cover athlete themselves.
The game is being developed by EA Tiburon, who have been working on the annual series for over 25 years.
EA Access members will be able to play Madden NFL 17 for a limited time before its August release, as part of a Play First Trial exclusive to Xbox One owners.
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