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A day after teasing Madden 25, EA Sports has clarified what exactly that is. Madden NFL 25 is the newest game in the series and will pay tribute to the 25 years of Madden games.
Like recent installments of Madden, Madden 25's cover athlete will be determined by fan voting. This year's possible cover athletes include 32 present-day superstars as well as 32 all-time greats. The old school and new school stars will face off in separate brackets. The winners of each bracket will then go head-to-head in a final vote.
Madden 25 is far from the first EA Sports game to rely on nostalgia. For example, NCAA Football 13 allowed players to take on the role of past Heisman Trophy winners. Fight Night Round 4 had Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson on the cover. By connecting their games to established greats, EA is broadening the target market and giving their games a higher profile. Plus, young up-and-comers might end up tanking and making the game cover look a bit ridiculous.
The fan voting for Madden 25's cover will begin on March 11. During a special edition of SportsNation on ESPN2 at 4pm EST, the brackets will be unveiled. Voting will then be opened up on ESPN.com.
Madden cover athletes have been determine by fan votes since Madden NFL 2011, when Drew Brees beat out Jared Allen and Reggie Wayne for the competition. Madden NFL 12 and Madden NFL 13's cover stars were determined by 32-player brackets, with each player representing a different team. Over 20 million players cast their vote in last year's tournament and selected Calvin Johnson, Jr.
EA announced yesterday that Madden 25 will launch on August 27th. According to today's press release, the game's being developed for the PS3 and Xbox 360.