For most of us, the first chance to play the new game will come when the Demo is released, or if you are lucky, the closed beta.
Check out everything you need to know below.
Latest News - Madden 22 Cover Athlete
The reveal was sent out via the official EA Madden NFL Twitter account, and it wasn't exactly subtle.
In the video seen above, and based on the content of the tweet, they're playing heavily into the "GOAT" imagery as Manning is seen by many to have that status.
They also included former longtime NFL running back Peyton Hillis, seemingly just to tease the "it's Peyton" moment with a different Peyton.
The reveal included a time and date, Thursday, 17 June, 2021 at 10am ET / 3pm BST, which may be when we'll finally get confirmation of Madden 22 and their choice (or choices) for cover athlete.
Could this hint at a change in tact for FIFA too, or will EA stick with their young ambassadors?
Well, we are now two years on from the release of the FIFA 20 demo - which dropped on Thursday, 12 September 2019.
EA axed the demo completely for FIFA 21 as the release date was pushed back too.
With a release date hopefully back to normal this year, we should see a demo in early September.
With our expected release date for FIFA 22 between 24 September and 8 October, the demo should arrive between 10 September and 24 September.
EA Play Live date confirmed
Get it in your diaries folks, EA Play Live will arrive on Thursday, 22 July.
Electronic Arts revealed the official date on Twitter and it also confirms that the event will run separately to E3 2021.
E3 2021 will begin a month earlier on Saturday, 12 June, and end on Tuesday, 15 June.
You will be able to watch on a live stream on various social channels, and at the very least we should get a first look at the FIFA 22 trailer.
What is the Demo?
There is always a big difference between demos and the full game.
This largely extends to which game modes players can access, teams, and the more in-depth options available.
The FIFA 22 Demo obviously won't be the full game, but it is still the first chance to test out some of the new adaptations.
However, the (likely) EA Play trial will be our first look at the full game.
The FIFA 22 Demo will give us a selection of clubs to test out the gameplay.
These are all likely to clubs that have partnership deals with EA Sports.
The FIFA 20 demo had PSG, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Tottenham.
For FIFA 22 we'd expect the clubs to be:
- Borussia Dortmund
- Inter Milan
- Manchester City
- Real Madrid
The FIFA 20 Demo saw the ability to play in a Champions League match, or test out the then-new Volta street mode.
Unless EA has any cool features up its sleeve, we would imagine it would be the same again this year, although any teasers for Career Mode or Ultimate Team would likely get fans onside.
It's no secret that stock for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S has been limited, with the Next Gen boom yet to happen.
Any Demo for FIFA 22 should be available on all consoles by the time the new game comes around.
The Next Gen versions did not have their own copy of FIFA 21, but this could change ahead of FIFA 22 on PS5 or Xbox Series X.
There will likely be several ways to get your FIFA 22 journey up and running pre-release with early access.
The most obvious way is the demo, or if you are lucky enough you may be invited to beta test the game.
Pre-ordering the game also brings some perks which can include an early release.
There are often some bugs and kinks that need ironing out during the Closed Beta, but that's what it is for.
FIFA players will be invited to join in the beta based on the game modes they have played throughout the previous year.
You will be asked to provide feedback to help EA perfect the game ahead of release.
The game modes involved this year should include Ultimate Team, Career Mode, and VOLTA, so keep an eye out in your emails.