Much to the chagrin of every other team (and fan) in the NFL, New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has been dominating the NFL for over a decade. He helped lead the Patriots to an astonishing come-from-behind overtime win in Super Bowl LI. This year he’s finally getting the Madden cover.

“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 cruses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

The “Madden Curse” refers to the coincidence that many cover athletes went on to suffer a bad year, including terrible injuries.

This will be the first time in Madden’s lengthy two decades-plus history that members of the same team have graced the cover in back-to-back years. Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski was the cover athlete for Madden NFL 17. Gronkowski would suffer from two separate injuries that year that sidelined him for about half the season.

Pre-order bonuses were also announced. Pre-order the standard edition to receive an Elite player from your favorite team for use in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team mode, as well as five Squad Packs. A special G.O.A.T. edition will also be available that grants one of five “Greatest Of All Time” players of your choice for Ultimate Team mode.

Pricing has not been announced, but Madden NFL 18 will utilize EA’s Frostbite engine. The teaser trailer above also hints to a more narrative-focused career mode, which last year’s FIFA title experimented with in The Journey mode.

More information on Madden NFL 18 will be revealed during the EA Play showcase event in Hollywood on June 10-12, right before E3. Madden NFL 18 launches worldwide on August 25 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


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