Madden 23: Release Date, Latest Leaks, EA Play Trial & Cover Athlete Predictions

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With the last installment going quiet, eyes turn to Madden 23 and what EA Sports could have planned for their next release.

The first potential leaks are now popping up, and here's everything we know so far about the upcoming launch of Madden 23.

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Latest - Supposed cover leak is fan-made


After months of silence and hope for Madden 23 news, a potential cover leak was jut the kind of thing to get fans excited.

Unfortunately, an image circulating that apparently shows John Madden on a Madden 23 cover made by EA isn't what it seems.

We've got more details here on when the fan-made cover originally surfaced and why it's gained traction this time.

Madden 23 Release Date

As of right now, the expected Madden 23 release date is Friday, August 19, 2022.

While still unconfirmed, this would line up perfectly with the timing that was chosen with the release of Madden 22.

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YOU MAKE THE CALLS: Another year is almost here for Madden

Exact release dates have varied over the years, but the launch of Madden is always closely tied to the start of the NFL season, and this year they decided to launch Madden 22 a few weeks before the season began.


We can likely expect an early September opening game for the NFL in 2022, and going with another late-August Friday launch makes perfect sense considering they soaked up some NFL preseason hype along with hype as the regular season began.

We should learn about the official release date for Madden 23 in June or July, and it will likely be revealed at the same time as the next cover athlete or athletes.

Reveal Trailer, Platforms, Price, and Editions

The official reveal trailer for Madden 22 arrived on June 17, 2021, and one year before we saw the reveal trailer for Madden 21 premiere on June 16, 2020.

Looking ahead to next year, we're expecting the Madden 23 reveal trailer to arrive on June 16, 2022, and it'll likely bring lots of other news at the same time.

One big question that remains for Madden 23 is whether EA Sports is ready to move on from the "current gen" of Xbox One and PS4, as the title has released separately on those and next gen PS5 and Xbox Series X|S platforms for two years now.


The eventual step away from Xbox One and PS4 could be a boon for PC players, as that would likely mean the PC version will get all features unlike the versions missing Dynamic Gameday this year.

For price, we don't expect things to vary much from last year, so Madden 23 is likely to be just $59.99 for a Standard Edition on PS4 or Xbox One (if released) and $69.99 for a Standard Edition on next gen.

They'll likely have at least one Deluxe Edition, potentially continuing with the combo of an MVP Edition and Dynasty Edition featuring Early Access and other rewards, likely priced between $99.99 and $119.99.

Madden 23 will likely be available to pre order once announced, and that's also when we're sure to learn the official word on price, platforms, and editions.

Cover Athlete Predictions

With Madden 22 changing things up by doing a dual-cover featuring Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes as repeat cover athletes, it's hard to know for sure what direction they'll take with Madden 23.

While the Madden 23 cover could shake things up, it seems like the right time for them to try something a bit more classic, and a few names look to be in the running.

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REPEATER: Could we get another two-time cover athlete?

If they decide to stick to the quarterback and repeat themes of late, we could see another cover for Lamar Jackson or perhaps a first for veterans Russell Wilson or even Matthew Stafford.

If a non-QB is where they're headed, the primary standout stars right now look to be Cooper Kupp or Travis Kelce, both of which would be very strong picks as Madden 23 cover athlete.