Madden 23: Release Date, Pre Order, Beta Review & Game Pass

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Madden 23 is poised to be a big step forward for the franchise, and early indications show some definite improvement.

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With new details now clear via the closed beta, here's everything we know so far about Madden 23.

Latest - Game Pass unlikely

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If you were chomping at the bit when rumors started circulating about Madden 23 coming to Xbox Game Pass, the reality is that won't be happening at launch.

Despite precedent by MLB The Show to hit the subscription service on Day One, it doesn't look like EA will be following in their footsteps.

We've got more details here on how long players will likely have to wait to get Madden 23 via Xbox Game Pass.

Madden 23 Release Date

We finally have a confirmed Madden 23 release date of Friday, August 19, 2022.

This lines up with what we'd expected, as the timing is almost identical to the release date used for Madden 22.

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TAKE CONTROL: FieldSENSE will shake up how gameplay moves in Madden 23

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This date will allow football fans to build up some hype for the upcoming NFL season, and get right into MUT and Franchise Mode gameplay as things heat up.

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Secure your Madden 23 pre order

Now that Madden 23 is official, details have been revealed about pre order bonuses and exactly what players will get with each edition.

Players who pre order the All Madden Edition will get a plethora of extra content, but perhaps most importantly they'll earn Early Access.

Place your Madden 23 pre order now by clicking here to ensure you get in on the action as soon as possible.

John Madden is this year's cover star

As the first major reveal of the upcoming Madden 23, EA revealed the game's covers which will feature John Madden as its star.

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LEGENDARY: John Madden will front the cover for the third time in Madden 23

John Madden graces three different versions of the Madden 23 cover, with the far left shown above being for the Standard Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

The middle cover above will be for the Standard Edition on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with the final on the far-right inspired by the original John Madden Football cover being for those who get the All Madden Edition.

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Gameplay Trailer, FieldSENSE headlines new features

After getting a reveal trailer that primarily unveiled John Madden and hyped the release of Madden 23 in general, it was the gameplay trailer that finally gave us news about new features.

You can watch the Madden 23 gameplay trailer below and see the first official look at the revamped FieldSENSE engine that will be exclusive to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

We'll continue to learn more about the various Madden 23 new features heading towards launch, but key aspects of Franchise and Face of the Franchise have already been revealed.

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We've got more details here about why Face of the Franchise may have finally cracked the career mode formula in Madden 23.

An upgraded contracts system is the highlight of Franchise Mode new features, but other long-anticipated additions like Create A Team remain absent.

Madden 23 Review: Beta Impressions

While we won't be able to have more final thoughts until the worldwide launch, our time in the closed Madden 23 beta has revealed quite a bit.

FieldSENSE definitely took center stage, and new mechanics like Skill Based Passing and Hit Everything are a solid gameplay upgrade.

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ALL IN THE DETAILS: FieldSENSE introduces Skill Based Passing

You can find our full Madden 23 beta review here with details on what stood out in our limited preview.

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Unfortunately, fans who plan to get Madden 23 on PS4, Xbox One, or PC will have to go without the massive gameplay overhaul and do with the system that Madden 22 presented.