With the 2019-20 NFL season coming to a close with Super Bowl LIV, we can look forward to EA announcing Madden 21 in April at the NFL Draft.
Well, we’ve made; Super Bowl LIV is here, marking the culmination of another riveting season. The final game of the 2019-20 NFL season will be played today and a new champion will be crowned.
Will it be the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs? Both our simulation and EA’s simulation predict the Chiefs will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy when it is all said and done.
Well, earlier this week, EA added Madden 20 to The Vault, making it free to play for anyone who is a subscriber to EA Access on consoles or Origin Access on PC. This is EA effectively saying they’ve gotten all they can in terms of worth out of Madden 20, and now it’s time to look forward to Madden 21.
So when can we expect any sort of announcement regarding Madden 21? Looking back, EA announced Madden NFL 20 on April 25, 2019 — day one of the 2019 NFL Draft. The announcement revealed Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the cover star and confirmed an August 2 release date.
Assuming EA follows a similar schedule and announces Madden 21 on the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft, then we can expect a reveal on Thursday, April 23. As for who the cover athlete will be, I think Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, 2019’s Most Valuable Player, is the most likely candidate.
As for the release date of Madden 21, we can also look back to what EA did for this year’s game. Madden 20 was the earliest the game had launched in quite some time, releasing on Friday, August 2. Those who pre-ordered the Superstar Edition or Ultimate Superstar Edition got it three days earlier on Tuesday, July 30.
If Madden 21 releases on the first Friday of August, then we can look forward to an August 7 release date (with early access beginning on August 4). However, it’s worth noting that we do face a different situation this year as 2020 marks the release of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
I’m assuming Madden 21 will be released for current-gen systems as well as the PS4 and Xbox Series X. We still don’t have all the details regarding the next-gen cycle, but hopefully, the games will simply be backward compatible and we won’t have to buy different versions for each console generation.
In any case, we can look forward to a Madden 21 announcement as early as Thursday, April 23. As for a new NCAA Football game, well, that’s a conversation to be had at another time.