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Madden 20 Release Date, New Features, Ratings & How to Play Early: 9 Things to Know



The Madden 20 release date is July 30th for the special editions and the standard edition arrives on August 2nd. If you subscribe to EA Access or Origin Access, the Madden 20 release date is today, as you can play Madden 20 right now. You can play as 10 college teams, enjoy the new Madden NFL 20 features and while you wait, peruse the Madden 20 player ratings. Here’s everything we know and everything we can tell you about the new Madden NFL 20 game that is coming from EA Sports this week.

The new Madden 20 features include a QB1 mode where you take on the College Football playoffs and the combine in a story mode style play that combines some of the Longshot features with Franchise mode. You also get new Superstar X-Factor players and new Madden Ultimate Team missions. That’s just the start.

Here’s more on which Madden 20 edition you should buy and our list of why you should buy Madden 20 and why you shouldn’t buy it yet. We also have a list of the best Madden 20 deals.

You can 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.

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 play today.

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 Player Ratings

EA released the Madden 20 rookie ratings and the video above showing off rookies reacting to their ratings. You can also look through the Madden 20 player ratings online. If you are playing MUT, you should download the Muthead app to see player rankings, values, and other information.

Now you can check out the full Madden 20 ratings to see how your team and players rank in the new game. Keep in mind, we will see special edition players in MUT with different ratings. My Miami Dolphins earned the lowest-rated Offense in Madden 20, but that’s fine because I’ll build a better team in MUT.

We also have the Madden 99 Club. This includes players that have the coveted 99 ratings in Madden 20. A 99 OVR rating is the highest you can get. This list includes Aaron Donald of the LA Rams and other elite players.

Full Madden 20 player ratings will arrive on July 15th. Here’s a look at the Madden 20 rating process. 

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. You can already save with Madden 20 deals.

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.

Read: Which Madden 20 Edition to Buy

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’s shown off all the new Madden 20 features, and they are available to try out in the Madden 20 Play First Trial.

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 into franchise mode in a new career campaign that focuses on your player.

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 – Playcalling 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. Here’s  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 an 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 if you choose.
  • Easy Grinding – When you want to power through challenges, you can keep going after you beat one all the way through a set.

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 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 can play Madden 20 up to five days early when they subscribe to EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier. This is live now, so you can play Madden 20 today with these services.

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 Buy Madden 20 Today & 2 Reasons To Wait

Buy if You Love to Grind MUT Challenges

Buy if You Love to Grind MUT Challenges

Do you love to play MUT and grind out those challenges? This is how I tend to play Madden Ultimate Team and after playing Madden 20 for the first time I'm a big fan of the new system that makes rolling through challenges much easier. 

When you complete a challenge in a series, you can roll right into the next challenge. In Madden 19, you had to go out, collect rewards, go back in and it was a lot of loading and a lot of time wasted. With Madden 20, you go right into the next Challenge in a series. 

I also enjoy the new options to choose the difficulty for challenges to earn more stars. This makes it easier to get through missions quickly when you are starting, or to really challenge yourself.

You can buy Madden 20 for PC, Xbox One and PC starting at $59.99 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

      • Mary A. Santos

        08/26/2019 at 10:40 am

        I can see that NFL HD online on >>> N­­F­­L­­G­­P­­T­­V­ .C­O­M <<< and
        I think it's the best place to watch HD NFL this year :) , check by yourself if you don't believe. :)

    • 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.

    • Michael Gabriel

      05/30/2019 at 12:19 pm

      Madden Sucks

  4. Michael Gabriel

    06/06/2019 at 9:01 am

    Madden NFL 20 is the same exact ripoff of madden NFL 19,the gameplay will just get worst if anyone buys this game,there’s nothing different about Madden NFL 19&20,it’s just another update roster called madden nfl 19½,same stuff as before.1 superstar 2.celebrations 3 mircro transactions again really,madden nfl 20 is not worth buying because it’s the same exact game as before,it’s another way for ea for cashgrab because the gameplay and the frostbite engine is not doing a good job while the sonic team racing game as a better,oh ea sports is just bringing out another disappointed Madden NFL which they say is new ever year,but it’s just another roster update.

  5. Michael gabriel

    06/06/2019 at 9:44 am

    The sonic team racing game has a better engine then the frost engine because Madden NFL is a big fat joke every year because Madden NFL 20 is considered as a disgrace,but overall sonic the hedgehog games remain in top gaming spot,i’m not a fan of Madden NFL 20 because Madden NFL 20 is probably a letdown because Patrick maholmes is on the cover and Madden NFL series is a disgrace to the public because i’m not liking what ea sports is doing to the madden series because as you see enough sonic forces is so munch better then this Madden NFL garbage because ea sports never listens to this because here’s my reason the nfl liense should have just went to 2kspots or we wouldn’t have this problem in ea sports Madden NFL series,

  6. Michael Gabriel

    06/06/2019 at 10:33 am

    Madden NFL 20 doesn’t fit in at all because only the sonic games are better,so,basically the frostbite engine sucks,so,i dislike Madden nfl 20 because the madden nfl cover just doesn’t fit in because ea sports authority sucks as well it stands the Madden NFL is not worth playing anymore because fans of old don’t like how madden nfl is now theese days,so,as you see we rather have sonic adventure 3 then Madden NFL 20,the reason i don’t like Madden NFL 20 is who is on the cover is the dumbest line for a sports game,why doesn’t ea sports skip a year of madden nfl because everyone needs a break from playing the same exact game every year.

  7. Michael Gabriel

    06/06/2019 at 11:53 am

    If i told someone that Madden NFL 20 doesn’t belong where it should be because it doesn’t belong at all because the gameplay is only get worse then it already is,so,i’m discounted madden even being on consoles of xbox one and ps 4 because Madden NFL needs to go off market because no one wants to Madden NFL 20 trash because everyone not ready for madden nfl 20 and the release date is way to early for a Madden NFL 20 game,so,i’m completely discounting Madden NFL 20 even existing in the first place because Madden NFL is just a broken game that’s not worth playing anymore,so,i’m telling the truth as it is,but is sega made a sonic adventure 3 it would about the materax sega,but ea sports has always been a lie because Madden NFL 20 is dipshit game no ever cares about anymore and that’s how i feel like that Madden NFL 20 isn’t worth being made in the first by a low user score in madden nfl 19 of 2.7 while Madden NFL 20 could drop to 1.7 user score

  8. Michael Gabriel

    06/06/2019 at 12:58 pm

    Madden nfl 20 is just a trick because it’s the same game as before,so i care less about Madden NFL 20,no one will by this game because everyone else would just say it’s the same as before,you run for a touchdown or pass for a touchdown and this game is old news because i don’t think the gameplay because this game isn’t worth nothing because people want to avoid Madden NFL 20 because i’m not caring for this game because what Madden NFL needs is to get shut down because Madden NFL has been garbage since john Madden left,there for Madden NFL shouldn’t be call Madden football anymore

  9. Michael Gabriel

    06/07/2019 at 5:21 pm

    Sonic adventure 3 was actually sonic 06,but sonic forces is okay,but i can tell everyone that sonic forces remind me of shadow the hedgehog game about black arms since he was black doom,but sonic x season 3 was good,well,but if there was a adventure game out there,it would probably be about dark oak and the metreax,i wish that was true,but i can’t say everything because cosmo the seedian loved Tails,but i am in shelter workshop this week,so,i basically trying to find me a girlfriend,so,i’m suppose to meet a girl in workshop because to summer camp in September 1st

  10. S

    06/17/2019 at 8:32 pm

    *typo in second sentence. now should be know

    • Michael Gabriel

      06/20/2019 at 7:21 am

      Yeah,you have a point,there

  11. Michael Gabriel

    06/20/2019 at 3:12 pm

    Ea sports needs to skip a year because Madden NFL 20 is horrible with the same gameplay,lol,i wish people would ban Madden nfl 20 from ever existing in the first place.

  12. Bubba

    07/26/2019 at 3:54 pm

    You only get 10 hours of game play with the EA Access. Which is non sense a rip off bull crap.

  13. Jim john

    07/28/2019 at 4:37 pm

    It sounds like ea sports raped Michael’s mother and forced him to watch.. seriously chill man, u dont like it okay we got it dont buy it and move on with your life.

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