The annual franchise “Madden”, from EA sports, has just revealed their title for the ongoing series: “Madden 18.” The name is no surprise, but the cover athlete should be. Gracing the cover this year will be the one and only New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

This is the first time in Madden history that players from the same team will be the cover for consecutive years (Madden 17s cover had the Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.) The last time Tom Brady has appeared on any sports game cover was all the way back in the PS2 era for the now defunct series called “NFL Gameday”

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Along with the cover announcement, a release date of August 25th was announced, with a ten-day early trial through EA Access, a special edition called the “G.O.A.T EDITION” (which is an acronym for the “greatest of all time”,) and the debut trailer. Lastly, they also announced that customers who pre-order the “G.O.A.T EDITION” get to receive the game on August 22nd instead of the launch day of the 25th.

Tom Brady

The debut trailer shows that this iteration of Madden is following the footsteps of FIFA 17 last year, and is moving over to the frostbite engine. But, that’s not they only thing Madden seems to be borrowing from FIFA…

Last year, FIFA 17 introduced a new game mode to the franchise called “The Journey,” and in this mode, you play has a young kid into adulthood and let him live out his soccer dreams. Well, if you watch this new trailer for Madden 18, you can see towards the end of it that Madden has added their own version of the new mode. This short clip shows a young man (who I assume you control through the course of this story mode) standing outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This seems to be a significant part of the story, because for those who don’t know, the NFL Combine is held at Lucas Oil Stadium every year. This is where all the college players who declare for the NFL draft, get put through all sorts of drills and exercises in front of NFL coaches and scouts, to try to prove to them that they belong in the NFL.

Madden 18 launches on PS4 and Xbox One on August 25th. What do you guys think of the new trailer and cover? Let us know in the comments down below!

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