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Madden 20 Release Date, New Features, Editions: 9 Things to Know



The Madden 20 release date is July 30th for the special editions and the standard edition arrives on August 2nd. You can play as 10 college teams and we now about some of the new Madden NFL 20 features.

Here’s everything we know and everything we can tell you about Madden 20 based on the new announcements, EA traditions and what we expect from the new Madden NFL 20 game that is coming from EA Sports in just a few months.

The new Madden 20 features include a QB1 mode where you take on the College Football playoffs and the combine, new Superstar X-Factor players and new Madden Ultimate Team missions. And that’s just the start.

Here’s more on which Madden 20 edition you should buy and our list of why you should pre-order Madden 20 and why you shouldn’t buy it yet.

You can already pre-order Madden 20 at GameStop, Best Buy and digitally through Xbox, Origins and the PlayStation Store. Madden 20 is available for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It is not coming to the Nintendo Switch at this time.

You can also start playing Madden 19 free with EA Access if you subscribe to that monthly service on Xbox One.

Madden 20 Release Date

What you need to know about the Madden 20 release date.

What you need to know about the Madden 20 release date.

The Madden 20 release date is on August 2nd for the standard edition and on July 30th for the Superstar Edition and the Ultimate Superstar edition.

If you have EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier, you can expect to play as early as July 25th.

That’s the earliest Madden NFL release date we can remember, that’s good news for gamers that want to get some quality time in ahead of the NFL season and school starting.

Madden 20 Price

How much is Madden 20?

How much is Madden 20?

The Madden 20 price is $59.99 for the base version of the game at GameStop and Best Buy. This gets you the full version of Madden 20, but you don’t get many extra items or Madden Ultimate Team upgrades.

There are two special editions this year, with the Superstar Edition and the Ultimate Superstar Edition, the second of which is a digital only option.

The Madden 20 Superstar Edition is $79.99 and the Madden 20 Ultimate Superstar Edition is $99.99.

For the higher price you get three days of early access, 12 or 15 Gold Team Fantasy Packs, Elite and Championship packs and other Madden Ultimate Team upgrades.

Madden 20 Features & Graphics

EA finally revealed the new Madden 20 features, and they are right in line with many of the rumored upgrades for Madden this year.

Read: New Madden 20 Features

QB1 and College Football

The biggest news is that you can make your own college QB, take him through the College playoffs, the NFL combine and then into the NFL Draft an s into franchise mode in a new career campaign that focuses on your player. This likely includes the face editing that we’ve heard about, and may even bring face scanning like NBA games.

When you are in the QB1 mode, you will be able to make decisions that influence your progress in the NFL.

Part of this is the new Scenario Engine that creates personalized scenarios, events and challenges that you must play to progress. These will vary from player to player.

Madden 20 Franchise

Simulate a full NFL career, and leave your legacy as a player, coach, or owner with single-player and multiplayer online-connected leagues. Compete with up to 32 teams in your quest for a Super Bowl Dynasty. Complete with an annual Pro Bowl and Seasonal Awards

Madden 20 Ultimate Team

Be a competitor in the ultimate NFL fantasy team-building mode featuring your favorite NFL players from the past and present. Play games, collect rewards, and upgrade your team with daily, fun, and engaging challenges with live NFL content all year long

You now get missions that you need to complete for more challenges and opportunities to unlock new players.

Madden 20 Online & Exhibition

Get involved in head-to-head online and offline games (single- and multiplayer) or single-player offline against the CPU. Customize your game settings, including the time of quarters, rules, stadiums, and uniforms.

What is Madden 20 Superstar X-Factor

One of the biggest new features that you can take advantage of is the Superstar X-Factor that some players will have.

EA describes this as a new progression system that reveals special abilities for NFL Superstars when you complete objectives in the game.

We’re waiting on more details, but it looks like you will be able to pull off a special move or get upgraded stats when you complete an in game challenge.

Other Madden 20 Features

  • Unique playbooks – Playbooks are calibrated to be more different from team to team, providing more variety for strategic game-planning and in-game adjustments
  • Run/pass option plays – Now available to call, bringing even more NFL authenticity to today’s play calling
  • On-field trainer – Learn how to improve as a Madden player with this cohesive, modernized teaching system that introduces new in-game mechanics over time as you progress through your gameplay experience
  • New pump fake mechanic – Pump-fake to a specific receiver, and fake out defenders with a new double-tap throw-canceling mechanic
  • NFL Pro Bowl – Play the annual Pro Bowl within the Franchise mode and Face of the Franchise: QB1, featuring all-stars from the AFC and NFC
  • Superstar-driven play calling – Play calling tailored to the Superstars on your team to quickly get your stars involved when you need them the most
  • New celebrations – Over 20 new TD and first-down celebrations added to bring more to the big plays on the gridiron

Expect a closer look at how these new features work, and what they look like as E3 approaches.

Madden 20 Ultimate Team Changes

What's New in Madden Ultimate Team for Madden 20.

What’s New in Madden Ultimate Team for Madden 20.

The mode I spend the most time in Madden NFL is in Ultimate Team. This is also an area where EA makes a ton of money, so they are focused on delivering new features that keep players hooked. Thanks to the product pages we know a lot about what is new in Madden 20 MUT.

  • Superstar Abilities – Your power players may have a special ability or bonus power to team ratings.
  • Missions – This is a MLB The Show style feature that may tie Card rewards to completing in game missions.
  • Challenges – Upgrades to the Challenges that bring in a multiplayer component.

Frankly I’m surprised there isn’t some kind of premium MUT season pass that charges players another $9.99 to unlock extra rewards for completing missions and challenges.

Madden 20 Cover

Patrick Mahomes is on the cover of Madden 20.

Patrick Mahomes is on the cover of Madden 20.

The Madden 20 cover athlete is Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. He is the third youngest player to be on the cover of Madden.

We expected to see two cover athletes, but Mahomes is on the cover of all three Madden 20 editions.

Madden 20 Editions

There are three Madden 20 editions that you can buy. This starts with the base version for $59.99 and goes all the way up to an Ultimate option that is $99.99.

The two special editions allow you to play early and come with extra items that you can use in Madden Ultimate Team.

Madden Pre-Order Bonuses Standard Edition Superstar Edition Ultimate Superstar Edition
Base Game Yes Yes Yes
3 Days Early Access to Full Game No Yes Yes
5 Gold Team Fantasy Packs Yes No No
12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs No Yes No
15 Gold Team Fantasy Packs No No Yes
Choice of 1 out of 32 Elite Players Yes Yes Yes
Choice of 1 Unique Superstar Ability Yes Yes Yes
1 Large Training Quick Sell Pack No Yes Yes
1 Past and Present Elite Player Pack No No Yes
1 Madden Championship Series Pack No No Yes

The early access is a nice way to get into the game early and start assembling your Madden Ultimate Team squad or prepping for franchise mode.

Madden 20 Demo

Don’t count on a Madden 20 demo to try the game out without paying for EA Access or going to EA Play. We haven’t seen a Madden demo in years and it is unlikely that anything changes this year.

The closest thing to a demo will be going to EA Play in June to play a Madden 20 demo, but even then you aren’t getting a traditional demo that you can play at home, it’s at an event in Hollywood.

Madden 20 Consoles

You can count on Madden 20 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. You can expect better graphics on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X as well as on higher end gaming PCs. All core features will be available on the original PS4 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim.

EA Sports stopped making Madden NFL for the Xbox 360 and PS3 several years ago, and there is no way they will return. If you are still gaming on one of these you should consider upgrading to the PS4 or Xbox One.

We saw EA bring FIFA 19 to the Nintendo Switch to mediocre reviews. Madden 19 did not come to the Nintendo Switch, and it was not announced alongside the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, so don’t expect it.

Madden 20 Play Early

Gamers on the Xbox One and on PC will be able to play Madden 20 up to five days early when they subscribe to EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier. This could mean playing Madden 20 as early as July 25th in some cases.

EA Access and Origin Access are $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. Origin Access Premier is $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year. With The first two options you get to play early, but you still need to buy Madden 20. With Origin Access Premier, you get the full version of EA games and early access without the need to buy any games.

If you subscribe to EA Access or the Origin options today, you get the full version of Madden 19 right now.

4 Reasons to Pre-Order Madden 20 & 3 Reasons Not To

Pre-Order if You Want The Ultimate Edition

Pre-Order if You Want The Ultimate Edition

Do you want the Madden 20 Ultimate edition? If so, and you want it on disk, you should consider pre-ordering. This is the only special edition that is on disk and sometimes stock can be limited on release day if you want to do in-store pickup. 

This isn't some super-special edition with a physical bonus, but stock issues still happen if you buy it on disk. That's why we suggest pre-ordering if you want this version on disk. 

At $79.99, this isn't a cheap option, but it's more reasonable than the $100 version of Madden, and that won't sell out since it is a digital only option. With this version you get;

  • Early Access
  • 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs
  • 1 Unique Superstar Ability
  • 1 Large Training Quick Sell Pack

You can buy this version for PC, Xbox One and PS4 for $79.99 at GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon and digitally through Microsoft and Sony.



  1. greg

    04/14/2019 at 5:26 pm

    Same game. Nothing of significance will change. With all of the game play issues that persist in this game EA is still pushing out news about things OTHER THAN the fixes for the mountain of game play issues.

    This is more proof that they are only interested in the money of MUT.

    I could list the number of fixes needed for this game and it would fill this entire page.
    What does EA come out with? Nothing. One thing they mentioned I can almost guarantee you it won’t be done right which is the pump fake. Reading what they put out you have to wonder are they taking away something to put this in since it seems to involve a canceling method of a second press.

    Using your video 1:44 mark. THAT is an issue. How is it no defender tried for that errant throw???

    And will they continue Volleyball Console DB swats? Smh

    Nothing they do should be applauded until they fix game play. NOTHING. That is the core of the game.

    • ds asw

      04/21/2019 at 1:53 am

      bringing it to switch would be the biggest update in ages haha

    • John

      05/09/2019 at 6:22 pm

      They need to bring back regular mut squads.. I hate playing against ppl that pour money into the game.. it’s not fun

  2. Deven Dickerson

    04/26/2019 at 10:50 am

    Draft Champions was the best part of Madden in the past 15 years. Please bring it back

  3. Johnny Warnick

    05/10/2019 at 11:17 pm

    I feel like as long as its more realistic as far as not being one of the fastest players in the NFL thats being chased down by a defensive lineman or end. They tend to make the defenses DB’s ridiculously fast also, if I bomb it down field to the square reciever, the corner covering the circle reciever on a curl route on the right side of the field should not be a threat to my square Another complaint I have always had I call them “Brand Name Players” which are great players or well known players who are literally involved in every single play. There is no error sometimes, if Von Miller is there you will not be able to run it near him without being destroyed for a loss or no gain. As he is one of the best players at that position hes not Jesus nobody is perfect and he does make mistakes or miss plays occasionally. They do this for alot of players with well known names they are thee perfect players and its annoying sometimes that your number one reciever or running back who is literally one of the best in the league is shut down completely because of their God like players in the way. Otherwise I love the games, even if its mostly for the updated roster and slight changes lol.

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