Madden 19 Release Date & Features: 7 Things to Know

The football season is over, but we’re just coming into the start of the Madden 19 release date hype as we should learn a lot about the next Madden NFL game this Spring. The 2018 Madden release will arrive as Madden 19 and even though it is early, we know decent amount about what you can expect from this new NFL game for the PS4 and Xbox One. Now we know when you can play Madden 19 for the first time.

With at least 50% of gamers playing the Longshot Story Mode on Madden 18, there is a very good chance that it will return for Madden 19. With nearly 75% of all players trying Ultimate Team and over a third of players spending money on packs and in-game purchases you can count on an even bigger focus on Ultimate Team for Madden 19.

Madden 19 Release Date

What you need to know about the Madden 19 release date.
What you need to know about the Madden 19 release date.

The Madden 19 release date is likely coming in August. Every year EA releases the new Madden game in August just ahead of the start of the NFL season. This comes as a way to build hype for the game and it ties into promotions with the NFL and with companies like Frito Lay. For over a decade the new Madden release date landed in August and that will not change this year.

Count on a Madden 19 release date on August 24th for a special edition that allows you to play ahead of the general release. A full release for the standard edition will come on August 28th unless there is a massive change to how EA does things.

GameStop already lists Madden 19 for pre-order on Xbox One and PS4. There is a placeholder release date of 12/31/18, but that will change when EA makes an announcement.

Generally we see EA Access members get the game five days before the general release day, so that could mean an extra early Madden 19 release date on August 20th for EA Access members on Xbox One. There is no EA Access for the PS4. This used to be the full game, but last year we saw that only a small portion of the Longshot story mode was available in this early release.

Madden 19 Features & Graphics

We saw the Madden 18 game arrive with Xbox One X enhanced graphics this year and we will definitely see better graphics on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X with the Madden 19 release. This means you will play in 4K and you will have HDR support which helps make the stadiums and players look more realistic. Expect to see EA build on the foundation they had in Madden 18. It helps that Madden shares the engine with FIFA and Battlefield games, so progress in one game can carry over to other games.

Expect to see a second installment of Longshot, or a similar Story mode in Madden 19.
Expect to see a second installment of Longshot, or a similar Story mode in Madden 19.

The Longshot Story mode saw at least 50% of players try the new mode, which means it will likely come back with a second season. We’re hoping this is a brand new story and that EA is able to build in more player controls to the game to liven it up some.

Madden Ultimate Team in Madden 19 will remain a major focus as it is a huge source of revenue for EA. The Ultimate Team in Madden 18 felt better overall, addressing many of the tasks that took too long to do in the management side while playing Madden 17, but ultimately was very grindy for the first few months. If EA plans on keeping the grind as a “feature” we hope they are able to streamline playing multiple games and challenges without exiting a game, picking a game, pressing a twice and then sitting through an intro. It would also be nice if the announcers didn’t talk like it is the first quarter while you are in a 4th quarter situation.

Expect to see fine tuning of the difficulty options in Madden 19 and to see more focus on the QB position again, which will hopefully make Target Passing useful, or move it to the bench with the Vision Cone.

It’s time for EA to deliver a completely revamped Franchise Mode that is in line with experience gamers get on EA’s NHL game. We’re hoping to hear more specifics on this, but likely won’t until summer arrives.

One other area to look at is better player AI in Madden 19, as your team will become a bigger role in the success or loss of a match.

Play Madden 19 Early

You can now pre-register for EA Play which takes place June 9-11th in Hollywood, California. If selected you will be able to attend and play Madden 19 before the general public.

If selected in late June, you will be able to go to EA Play and get to play Madden 19, FIFA 19, the new Battlefield, Anthem and other EA games well ahead of the official release date.

Madden 19 Cover

What to expect for the Madden 19 cover athlete.
What to expect for the Madden 19 cover athlete.

After years of voting, EA decided to put Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on the cover of Madden 18 and Madden 17 with no player vote. EA may continue the trend this year, picking a player for the cover instead of allowing fans to choose.

Expect to see EA announce the Madden 19 cover athlete in May, 2018 along with a few other details about the game.

Madden 19 Editions

You can expect two main Madden 19 editions available when the game releases in August. A standard Madden 19 edition that is $59.99 and a Madden 19 Special Edition that is $79.99. Last year the special edition was the G.O.A.T. edition, but with no Tom Brady on the cover this version will likely come with a new name. There is a chance that you will see a special digital only edition with even more bonus items, but that is unclear at this stage since EA dropped that option in 2017.

The Madden 19 Special Edition will include special Madden Ultimate Team bonuses and will allow you to play Madden 19 three days early if EA sticks with what worked for Madden 18.

Madden 19 Demo

Do not expect a Madden 19 demo that allows you to try the game for free ahead of the release date. There is also no need for a Madden 19 beta, unless EA shakes things up dramatically.

Instead you will be able to buy EA Access for $5 a month or $30 a year and you can expect to play Madden 19 five days early. We’ll have more on this as EA addresses the inclusion of Madden 19 in EA Access Trials, likely at E3 in June.

Madden 19 Consoles

We know that you will be able to play Madden 19 on the PS4 and Xbox One. This also goes for the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. If Sony decides to deliver a PS5 this year then Madden 19 will definitely be on it.

You will not be able to play Madden 19 on the Xbox 360 or PS3. EA stopped making Madden for these consoles and there is no reason to bring it back. If you own one of these and want to play a new Madden game you will need to upgrade.

It's possible that we will see a Madden 19 Nintendo Switch release this year.
It’s possible that we will see a Madden 19 Nintendo Switch release this year.

The big question mark is on a possible Madden 19 Switch release date. EA delivered FIFA 18 for the Switch, but did not put Madden on Nintendo’s portable console. One point in favor is that the Nintendo Switch is selling well and in May 2017 the publisher said it plans to wait and see how wide the Switch’s reach is before committing to more than one or two games. Expect to learn about this in May or at E3 2018 in June.

Madden 19 Features Wishlist: 9 Changes We Want

Madden 19 Ultimate Team Grind Mode

Madden 19 Ultimate Team Grind Mode

With Madden 18 Ultimate Team mode quickly became a grind fest to unlock all of the weekly challenges, which wouldn't be as bad if there was a quick way to play through a series of challenges and games. 

In Madden 18 you had to finish a challenge, go back out tap through a few reward screens at the end of the game. Once that was done you'd need to pick the next challenge and tap through a few screens and listen to one of the few introduction options before you could start playing. If you wanted to get through a few challenges fast, this slowed you down. 

I want to see EA add in a Grind mode that embraces the game they are delivering. Allow me to choose next challenge at the end of a game and go straight into it. This would be even better if they pre-load the game so you can jump straight into the play selection instead of dealing with announcers pretending it is the start of the game when you are playing a 2 minute drill in the fourth. 

This would allow me to play more Madden 19 Ultimate Team Challenges and for users who want to complete sets and unlock better players it would be an epic upgrade. 


  1. Zach

    02/10/2018 at 6:18 am

    I wish when you are in superstar mode, that you can have the option to go through the draft not just choose any team. I like that aspect, it’s more realistic then choosing any team you want to.


  2. milesgabriel

    02/12/2018 at 7:22 am

    how about big ben roethlisberger on madden NFL 19 cover of the goat version


  3. David K

    02/20/2018 at 10:28 am

    Add offensive and defensive coordinators who can be promoted or lured away by other teams for head coaching jobs. Viewable and interactive pro-day & combine would also be good.


  4. Joseph Mason

    03/08/2018 at 11:26 pm

    Change the kicking system. The current one makes the game not fun to play in the long run. It is broke, fix it.


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