Although Madden NFL 18 Releases on August 25, 2017, There are Numerous Ways to Play the Game Early.

Madden NFL has had a rocky transition to the current-gen, but publisher EA continues on with its sports juggernaut this year with Madden NFL 18. With some of the most significant changes the series has seen in some time, 2017 could be a big year for the Football sim. Here’s everything you need to know about Madden 18, including the Madden 18 release date, pre-order details, and more.

Madden NFL 18 is releasing worldwide on August 25, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One. Madden NFL 18 will be available in two editions: Standard Edition and G.O.A.T. Edition. The cover star this year is none other than New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady. Brady follows his teammate, tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was Madden NFL 17’s cover athlete.

Brady is more than aware of the so called “Madden Curse”, but doesn’t seem worried about it:

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” said Brady. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

The Madden Curse got its name after a number of cover athletes for the games over the years have suffered significant injuries. Some fans take it so seriously that they campaign for their team’s star players not to get the cover athlete role.

Pre-order Madden NFL 18 Standard Edition on PS4 (or Xbox One) and you’ll receive the choice of an Elite player from their favorite NFL team for use in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, plus five Squad Packs to redeem at launch.

Pre-order Madden NFL 18 G.O.A.T. Edition on PS4 (or Xbox One) and you’ll get everything from the Standard Edition plus the choice of one of five G.O.A.T. players for Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team.

Although Madden NFL 18 releases on August 25, 2017, there are numerous ways to play the game early. G.O.A.T. Edition owners will get to play Madden NFL 18 from Tuesday, August 22, while EA Access members on Xbox One can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, August 17 with the EA Access Play First Trial. EA Access members also receive a 10% discount on a digital purchase of Madden NFL 18.