EA has revealed the Madden 23 cover athlete and it’s none other than the man himself — Coach John Madden! To commemorate Madden’s death in December last year, EA has coined June 1 as “Madden Day,” and has also included what they call the “first interactive experience.”
Here’s what Madden NFL game fans can expect from EA regarding John Madden:
Cover: Coach Madden returns to the cover of Madden NFL 23 for the first time in more than 20 years. Coach is celebrated across three unique covers that highlight him as a broadcaster, NFL coach, and, in art created by Philly-based artist Chuck Styles, as a gaming icon on the digital only Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition.
Madden NFL 23 First Interactive Experience: Two versions of Coach Madden lead opposing teams of “All Madden” athletes facing off in the 1970s Oakland Coliseum. In addition, the unforgettable voice of Coach Madden returns during the game in remastered audio clips that callback to his legendary days as a broadcaster.
Madden Day: June 1 is #MaddenDay, the original release date of John Madden Football in 1988. To celebrate the date, in addition to releasing the cover of Madden NFL 23, EA will officially dedicate a renovated field at the EA HQ in Redwood Shores “John Madden Field” in a ceremony with the EA CEO, members of the Madden family, EA employees and more.
This is the first time in over two decades that the legendary coach and broadcaster is gracing the game cover. The first Madden game was released back in June 1, 1988 and was titled “John Madden Football.”
You can read more about Madden Day and EA’s tribute to the football legend right here.