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Madden 22 hype builds with Franchise Mode teaser

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Madden 22 is getting the hype train rolling for a release date later this year as Madden 21 starts to wind down.

Madden 22 will likely land on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and maybe more platforms, and here's everything we know about the game so far.

Latest - Potential reveal at 2021 NFL Draft

If you've been clamoring for some Madden 22 news, the wait might be over tonight or in the coming days.


The 2021 NFL Draft is schedule to start at 8pm ET tonight on Thursday, April 29 and continue through Saturday, May 1.

Right now, this looks like the most likely time to drop an announcement, the cover star, or send out the first trailer for Madden 22.

Release Date

Madden 22 has no official release date, and we are probably far from it for the time being.

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HOW FAR OUT?: We still don't have any info on the Madden 22 release date

Madden 21 just hit next gen, with a delayed release of the next gen version of the game. This along with the usual Madden schedule means we probably won't get an ironed out release date until around May.

READ MORE: When is Madden 22 Coming Out?

If Madden 22 is on schedule, you can expect an August release date in accordance with previous releases.


Our first big piece of Madden 22 hype will the Madden 22 Official Reveal Trailer.

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STATEMENT: Madden 22 will make its presence known with the Official Reveal Trailer

Each year, this trailer is a huge step to get fans excited for development of the next entry in the premier football sim gaming franchise.

READ MORE: Madden 21 Ratings: Playoffs Roster Update

These trailers typically kick off in early June, so you can mark it on your calendars now!

Cover Athlete

There are tons of viable candidates for Madden 22 cover athlete - which means it'll be a fun debate for Twitter all the way up to reveal.

Madden 22 Cover Star Stefon Diggs Aaron Rodgers DeAndre Hopkins
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ELITE: Stefon Diggs has become a premiere NFL receiver - and could earn a Madden 22 cover spot

Madden 21 featured Lamar Jackson, but we're expecting a new face for Madden 22.

READ MORE: All the contenders to be Madden 22 Cover Athlete

Based on the NFL season so far, we'd expect DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, and Aaron Rodgers as likely candidates.


Possible Cover Athlete "Leak"

We recently had our first Madden 22 leak - but it doesn't look to be the most reliable.

In a Tweet from @SamuelBrownRBT, it looks as if Derrick Henry will be on the Madden 22 cover.

The image is very low quality, and even includes details about MLB The Show 21 - so take this with a rather large pinch of salt.


Super Bowl LV has come and gone, and left behind a very familiar sight - Tom Brady at the top of the heap.

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DEATH, TAXES, AND RINGS: Brady's found his way to a 7th Super Bowl success

Brady has officially pulled off yet another Super Bowl victory, this time in a new jersey.

After a dominant showing and yet another Super Bowl MVP award - Brady has joined the infamous 99 Club in Madden 21.

But should this carry over to Madden 22?

Franchise Mode

The main look into Madden 22 EA has given is regarding updates for Franchise Mode.

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AS OLD AS TIME: Madden 21 Franchise Mode still features some massive issues that have been present for years - including abysmal trade logic

#FixMaddenFranchise made a massive impact on Madden, and as a result, EA gave players a roadmap for Franchise Mode changes that pushed into Madden 22 and beyond.

Below are the Madden 22 Franchise Mode changes we expect as promised by EA here:

READ MORE: Madden 21 Franchise Mode DOWN After January Title Update


For Madden NFL 22 it is still very early. We are at the very beginning of the planning and pre-production of next year’s product. That said, we’ve been actively discussing some of the areas we’d like to focus on, stemming from your feedback and player engagement. Here are few of the areas, while not fully committed yet, we are exploring creatively:

  • Coaching and staff management
  • Scouting improvements
  • New scenario engine enhancements
  • New team chemistry system
  • Commissioner Tools improvements
  • MORE CONTENT - Examples: Relocation/Branding Assets for Franchise - New uniforms, names, and logos to relocation options for more variety and depth in deeper careers.

Plus other key additions that we’ll reveal as we get deeper into the year for Madden NFL 22 development season.

Trade logic was a primary focus of the third and final Madden 21 Title Update to Franchise Mode, and that could signal more changes when Madden 22 lands.

Staff Management feature leaked for Madden 22

The biggest piece of news to come out for Madden 22 has been the leak of a new Staff Management system in Franchise Mode.

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STAFF MANAGEMENT: New leak shows Offensive and Defensive Coordinators

In a video discussing the March Title Update for Madden 21, the screen behind Madden NFL Executive Producer Seann Graddy shows a Staff Management system that looks to be for Madden 22.

The addition of being able to hire an Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator in Franchise Mode is a big deal, and looks to confirm continued improvements for Franchise Mode in Madden 22.

READ MORE: Madden 22 could be adding new Staff Management feature

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