After a brief teaser for Madden 21, EA has confirmed that the first look at gameplay will be shown on June 1 ahead of EA Play.
EA has been slow to reveal Madden 21. Our first glimpse of this year’s installment of the annual football sim came earlier this month during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox, a stream dedicated to Xbox Series X.
And even then, we weren’t shown a whole lot. EA confirmed that Madden 21 will be available on Xbox Series X with a free upgrade program for those who purchase it first on Xbox One (since Xbox Series X won’t arrive until holiday 2020).
Other than that, very little else was detailed. A brief hype trailer was shown, suggesting that Madden 21 will get us closer to the action than ever before so that we really feel the impact of the game. And we know Lamar Jackson will be the cover athlete of this year’s game, although we’ve yet to see the official cover.
It’s unclear why EA is slow to roll out Madden information. Usually by now we’ve at least seen the cover and have an idea about new features and additions. It’s possible the coronavirus has thrown the schedule a bit out of whack. Or maybe EA has been waiting for Microsoft and Sony before showcasing next-gen Madden gameplay.
In any case, the wait won’t be much longer. EA announced that a “first look” for Madden 21 will be coming June 1, 2020.
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EA didn’t specify what this first look will entail, but I assume it means actual gameplay. Otherwise, this would be incredibly disappointing.
I’m going to assume we’ll finally see Lamar Jackson on the cover as well as some gameplay featuring the star quarterback. A gameplay sizzle reel showing off the engine running on what I hope is next-gen hardware will hopefully restore faith in the franchise.
Perhaps we’ll also learn a bit more about what’s in store for us this year in terms of new gameplay features and additions, as well as what the Xbox Series X and PS5 hardware will mean for the future of the franchise. I’m expecting a general overview of what’s new in Madden 21, with more details coming at EA Play Live 2020 a few weeks later.
EA’s annual showcase will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 4:00 p.m. Due to the coronavirus, it will be an all digital affair this year.