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Madden 23 Release Date & Features: 10 Things to Know



We don’t have an official Madden 23 release date yet, but that should change in the near future when EA makes its annual announcement.

EA is currently working on multiple football games. One is EA College Football though its release is still a long ways away. The other game is Madden 23, the next installment in the long-running Madden series, and a game that’s due out later on this year.

We don’t have much in the way of official news yet and it will likely be weeks before EA’s ready to showcase the game in full for PS5, Xbox Series X, and other platforms.

It’s early, but a lot of gamers are already wondering about the Madden 23 release date, launch date, features, prices, and more. In this guide we’ll outline what we currently know based on leaked information, traditions, and our own expectations.

Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from Madden 23 features, cover, release date, editions, and more.

Madden 23 Launch Date

EA typically showcases the new version of months ahead of the official release and that’s what it will do with Madden 23.

EA says the full Madden 23 reveal will come on June 2nd which means you don’t have to wait much longer for the first game trailer and other important pieces of information.

Madden 23 Release Date

In an announcement, EA says the game will land later on this summer.

The Madden 23 release date will almost certainly land sometime in Q2. EA’s Q2 stretches from July to September.

You can expect the official Madden 23 release date to land in August ahead of the NFL season. The 2022-2023 NFL season is set to begin on September 8th, but Madden 23 should be out on shelves weeks before that.

EA will likely confirm the game’s official release date when it pushes the first gameplay trailer live.

Madden 23 Cover

With Madden 22, EA took a different approach and used two cover athletes: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. We’ll see something different with Madden 23.

As expected, Hall of Famer John Madden will grace the cover of Madden 23. EA says there will be three unique Madden 23 covers that “pay tribute to a different chapter in Coach Madden’s unforgettable life.” You can see one of them in the image above.

The company says additional art will celebrate “his time as an NFL broadcaster and his career as one of the most beloved NFL coaches in NFL history.

Madden 23 Editions

You can expect two or three Madden 23 editions.

There are three versions of Madden 22. There’s a standard version that serves as the cheapest way to access the game. There’s a MVP Edition which includes some additional content and there’s the Dynasty Edition which is aimed at hardcore fans of the series.

We expect Madden 23 to follow a similar formula: a no-frills standard edition and one or two bundles that come with some extras aimed at those who plan to invest a lot of time in the game.

For more about the Madden 22 editions, check out our guide.

Madden 23 Pre-Orders

You can expect Madden 23 to go on sale in June after EA makes its announcements.

Look for EA to provide shoppers with pre-order bonuses including an early release date for those who buy the game early. Those who pre-ordered a copy of Madden 22 MVP Edition or Dynasty Edition were also able to play the full game three days early.

For reference, here were Madden 22’s pre-order bonuses:

  • 20 staff points for Franchise Mode.
  • General Player Class Starting at Level 10 for Face of the Franchise and The Yard.
  • Tom Brady Gear Capsule.
  • Your choice of one out of 32 NFL stars for Madden Ultimate Team (MUT).

The Madden 23 pre-order bonuses won’t mirror these exactly, but look for the extras to revolve around the popular MUT game mode.

Madden 23 Consoles

Nothing is confirmed, but we don’t expect EA to drop support for older consoles.

EA has a long history of supporting older consoles so it will likely be a few years before Madden skips the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

You can expect Madden 23 to support the following platforms:

  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox One X
  • Xbox One S
  • PlayStation 5
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Slim
  • Windows

The Madden series hasn’t come to Nintendo Switch yet and we haven’t heard any news about a release for the portable console this year.

Madden 23 won’t come to PS3 or Xbox 360 so if you still own one of those consoles you’ll need to upgrade.

Madden 23 Price

EA will almost certainly use tiered pricing for Madden 23.

The base version of Madden 22 started at $59.99 for Xbox One and PS4 while the base version for PS5 and Xbox One Series X started at $69.99. We expect that to stay the same this year.

The Madden 23 bundles will cost more than the base game. As of right now you can expect these to retail somewhere between $79.99 and $99.99 without a deal.

Madden 23 Features

EA hasn’t confirmed the full Madden 23 feature list and we haven’t heard a whole lot about its development thus far. That being said, the company has confirmed some features that will tie-in with John Madden’s enduring legacy.

EA says the game will offer the “first interactive experience will feature two versions of Coach Madden leading opposing teams of ‘All Madden’ athletes facing off in the 1970s Oakland Coliseum.”

The game will also feature “the unforgettable voice of Coach Madden” as he returns to the game in “remastered audio clips that callback to his legendary days as a broadcaster.”

You can also expect upgrades to graphics and performance, enhancements to staples like MUT, and new player ratings for Madden 23’s rosters. You can also expect enhanced AI.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

Madden 23 Mobile

We expect EA to bring Madden 23 to iPhone, iPad, and Android.

The mobile version of Madden, while robust, is a toned down version of the game. However, unlike the full blown version of Madden, it’s free to play.

Play Madden 23 Early

You should be able to play Madden 23 up to five days early on consoles and Windows.

If you want to get access to Madden 23 ASAP, you’ll need to pay for EA Play. EA Play will let you play for 10 hours during a trial and all of your progress will carry over to the final game.

EA Play is $4.99 a month or $29.99 for a year and you save 10% on games and in-game purchases.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order Madden 23 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order Madden 23 for These Bonuses

Pre-Order Madden 23 for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Madden 23 for console or Windows PC, you'll get some bonuses with your purchase.

If you pre-order a copy of the Madden 23 Standard Edition you'll get the following items:

  • Choice of 2 Elite Players (1 Offensive & 1 Defensive) in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
  • All Madden Gear to use in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team and The Yard
  • Madden Strategy Item in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team

And if you pre-order the Madden 23 All-Madden Edition, you get access to all of these bonuses:

  • 4600 Madden Points
    • Use Madden Points to upgrade your Ultimate Team, customize your avatar with new uniform designs, and more.

  • Dual Entitlement
    • Upgrade to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S version

  • Exclusive Early Access Challenges in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team from August 16th through August 18th
  • Choice of 2 Elite Players (1 Offensive & 1 Defensive) in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team
  • All Madden Gear to use in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team and The Yard
  • Madden Strategy Item in Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team

One other note: If you've played Madden 22, Madden 21, and/or Madden NFL 20, you can buy the Madden 23 All Madden Loyalty Edition and get your choice of one of five 99 OVR player items to use immediately in Madden 22 Ultimate Team.

If you plan to invest time into Madden Ultimate Team, you might want to pre-order a copy today.

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