Fans who cannot wait until the morning of the Madden 16 release date to play the game can now make plans for the midnight Madden 16 release date events at a major retailer and if you are on the west coast you don’t even need to wait until midnight.
So far there is only one confirmed major retailer prepping for a midnight Madden 16 release date event at a limited number of stores, but we expect to see other retailers fill in the gaps in the coming days.
If you already pre-ordered Madden 16, you can check to see if the store you ordered from will be open late for the event.
Best Buy plans a midnight Madden 16 release date event at 12:01 AM Eastern. If you are on the west coast you don’t need to wait until 12:01 AM Pacific though. You can buy it at 9:01 PM on August 24th.
You can trade in Madden 15 at Best Buy ahead of time and pre-order to get a Madden 16 deal that drops as low as $8 after you stack all possible savings.
Not all Best Buy stores will open for the Madden 16 release date events. You can check this list of stores by state to see if your location plans to be open at midnight.
So far there is no official confirmation of a midnight GameStop Madden 16 release date event, but it is something that we expect to see soon. We are already seeing some individual GameStop locations mention events that start at 10PM Eastern with a tailgate party and a Madden tournament with a prize. We’ll update when GameStop shares specific midnight Madden 16 release date plans.
Walmart is another popular contender for a midnight release. Most stores are already open 24 hours anyway so this is a popular location to go. In earlier years Walmart held Madden tournaments, but there are no specific plans yet for 2015.
Gotta Be Mobile spotted someone organizing a Madden 16 tournament for a Microsoft Store starting at 7PM on August 24th and wrapping up by midnight. The organizer claims 2 Chainz will call the last match over a PA at 11:30 PM. There is no mention of this on the Microsoft Store, but given the Madden 16 bundle this makes sense. The prize is an Xbox One or a Surface Pro, according to the organizer.
While not as fast as buying Madden 16 digitally, pre-loading and playing right at 12:01 AM, these events are faster than waiting for stores to open in the morning or for a delivery. The digital Madden 16 pre-orders are also playable at 9:01 PM pacific for users on the west coast. As it is 12:01 AM Eastern you can play the new Madden, so some users will be playing at 10 PM and 11 PM local time on August 24th, instead of waiting until August 25th.