This is what you can expect from the Madden 18 release date and what you need to know about new Madden 18 features and upgrades. We’ll also walk through when you can expect to see Madden 18 gameplay videos and screenshots. If you are able to travel, we share when you can play Madden 18 before the release date.
EA announced the Madden 18 cover athlete as Tom Brady. Brady is the oldest player to appear on the Madden cover and he is not worried about the Madden Curse. There is also a special Madden 18 G.O.A.T. Edition this year.
Madden 18 is switching to Frostbite. This means better graphics, new gameplay options and the potential for a more involved story, which is teased at the end of the new Madden 18 video.
EA still isn’t talking publicly about the Madden 18 cover athlete and gameplay, but in March they started scanning in players and coaches for the new game. We saw coaches on the sidelines giving angry looks after losing in Madden 17 and with Frostbite we could see more coach animations. We now see two listings for Madden 18 pre-orders.
Once again we’ll pass through the year without NCAA 18 to deliver college football, which leaves us with the NFL as the main option. Here’s a breakdown of the Madden 18 release details;
- Madden 18 Release Date
- Madden 18 Gameplay
- EA Play Madden 18 Details
- Madden 18 Frostbite & Graphics
- New Madden 18 Features
- Madden 18 for Xbox 360 and PS3
Let’s take an early look at the Madden 18 release date, potential features and when you can expect to see Madden 18 screenshots and gameplay.
Madden 18 Release Date
The Madden 18 release date is August 25th. EA confirmed this when announcing Madden 18 and Tom Brady as the cover athlete. For the last 10 years, the new Madden game arrived in August, and that’s not changing.
One major change to the Madden 18 release date is that it is on a Friday this year. Traditionally the new Madden game arrives on a Tuesday, but if you buy the Madden 18 G.O.A.T Edition you can play early on the 25th.
If you buy the standard edition, you will need to wait until the Tuesday after the initial release. If you have EA Access, you may still be able to play early with the standard edition.
Madden 18 is coming to Xbox One and PS4. This includes the Xbox One, Xbox One S and the Xbox Scorpio as well as PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. There is no mention of Madden 18 for the Nintendo Switch or for older consoles.
Madden 18 Cover
There is no Madden 18 cover vote this year and there is no mystery. Tom Brady is on the cover of Madden 18, including the special edition of the game.
"Madden" curse? Tom Brady isn't worried. (via Tom Brady/Facebook) pic.twitter.com/Say1oLYFTg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 12, 2017
Brady is not worried about the Madden curse, and in the video above he proceeds to break a mirror and walk under a ladder to show he isn’t worried about luck.
Madden 18 Video, Gameplay & Screenshots
We have our first look at a Madden 18 video with the official Madden 18 teaser trailer. This uses in-game footage, but it is not actually Madden 18 gameplay.
EA confirms that we will see more during EA Play in June. Until then we only have this limited look at the game. You can see cinematic shots of gameplay in the new Frostbite engine and a teaser for what appears to be a story mode similar to the FIFA 17 story mode.
A better opportunity for Madden 18 gameplay videos and screenshots will come at EA Play in June. This is an event by EA that runs around E3 where gamers can come to experience the new EA games.
Madden 18 Demo & Early Play
You shouldn’t count on a Madden 18 demo that you can play on your own PS4 or Xbox One, but if you go to EA Play you will be able to play Madden 18 early.
Last year gamers were able to play Madden and FIFA early as well as other games and EA confirmed that this is happening again in 2017. You may not be able to record the gameplay at all, but you are able to experience part of the game.
When you buy the Madden 18 G.O.A.T. edition you can play three days early on Xbox One or PS4. With EA Access we expect that gamers will also get to play early, up to five days before the release date.
Madden 18 Graphics
We are in for a major upgrade to the Madden 18 graphics and gameplay thanks to the switch to Frostbite. This engine is in use on FIFA 18 and FIFA 17 and it delivers more room to include off the field moments as well as to deliver better gameplay on the field.
We are still waiting for actual Madden 18 gameplay to see what the Madden 18 graphics look like while you play, but the cinematic footage looks good.
EA states, “Our Madden NFL franchise will transition to the Frostbite engine with Madden NFL 18, unlocking major visual advancements and new gameplay experiences that will excite dedicated Madden players, football fans, and sports fans overall.”
EA is already hiring for Madden testers who will check the game for NFL accuracy and the EA Sports Studio responsible for Madden 18 is currently seeking someone proficient in Frostbite who will work on Madden audio, which could signal that we will see new presentation options and off the field moments to go with the upgraded graphics.
This new engine can render on the field footage as well as off-field footage using the same engine. This means that we could see new locker room presentation and better sideline presentation.
In addition to delivering a new look for the game, it looks like we will see more depth with a story mode where you control a player, potentially a rookie, as he works his way into the NFL.
In FIFA 17 we saw a story mode where you controlled the fate of a young up and coming player. We’re hoping this includes a fictional college game as well as workouts and running through the NFL combine before going to a professional team.
Madden 18 Features
There are several new Madden 18 features that we know about so far, and we expect to learn about in the next month. Here’s what’s new in Madden 18, that we know of so far about the new features.
Play New NFL Matchups – Take the field with your favorite team or play the best weekly matchup using live updates containing the latest rosters, custom commentary and up-to-date stats from NFL.com then continue your season all the way to the Super Bowl from Play Now. This sounds a lot like Ultimate Team matchups, but it appears to be coming to your favorite team, even if you don’t want to manage a team.
New Play Styles – There are three new Madden 18 play styles that you can choose to help you better take on tough opponents. We are waiting to hear what the playstyles are, but this should add more to the coach called plays.
Target Passing – There is a major break in how you pass in Madden 18. You can pass to any play or to a specific spot on the field with new Target Passing. This offers total control over passing to players and could deliver a new challenge.
Coach Adjustments – Customize the AI to fit your game plan and make situational changes to your strategy on the fly as the game demands it. This looks like it could impact the suggested plays and how you rely on coach suggestions if you don’t choose every play manually.
The Madden 18 trailer shows off a player outside of Lucas Oil Stadium. We expect that this character is part of a new story mode that will play similar to My Journey in FIFA 17.
Evey year EA fine tunes a number of items and upgrades whole sections of gameplay completely. We’ve seen Madden Ultimate Team become easier to use and more player focused, but there is still room for upgrades to the game.
We are hopeful that EA will fine tune the officiating and finally allow players to challenge botched calls. most of the time the Challenge option is not available in Madden 17. In the video above the game straight up misses a fumble and in other instances completely miss the call on a recovered fumble.
On top of fixing those issues, there is an opportunity for major Madden 18 features upgrades this year. In Madden Ultimate Team we’d love to see an easier way to manage the sets and see where the best place to put earned items is. An iPad app or online mode of managing would be amazing.
Other small changes that we would love to see include more weather related ball handling when passing and catching, better clock management by the computer controlled teams (which is currently laughably predictable) and refinements to the passing game.