Yesterday, EA quasi-announced Madden NFL 25, at the time presumably a name-change for its annual football sim. Today EA confirms that Madden NFL 25 will indeed be this year's game, choosing to forego the usual title for one that celebrates the franchise's silver anniversary: 25 years on store shelves.
Fan voting for the cover athlete will kick off on March 11 featuring two 32-player brackets on ESPN and SportsNation – one bracket will be all-time greats, the other 32 modern players. A special episode of SportsNation will air at 4pm ET on March 11 where both brackets will be unveiled.
Over 25 years, the Madden franchise has managed to sell 99 million units and earn EA Sports "more than $3.7 billion in net revenue." Last year's entry in the series, Madden NFL 13, introduced the Infinity Engine, providing more realistic physics, dynamic player collisions and hilarious gifs. Madden NFL 25 launches on Xbox 360 and PS3 on August 27, 2013.
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MADDEN NFL FRANCHISE CELEBRATES ITS SILVER ANNIVERSARY WITH ALL-NEW MADDEN NFL 25 THIS AUGUST
The Old School and the New School Face Off in New Cover Vote across ESPN Platforms and SportsNation Beginning Monday, March 11
North America's longest-running sports video game franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, as Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) has officially announced Madden NFL 25, launching on August 27. This year's game will feature the Madden NFL 25 name when it launches in August, plus a new fan Cover Vote will pit the NFL's greatest legends against today's hottest stars.
"There's no better way to celebrate and mark the culmination of 25 years of innovation than by naming this year's game Madden NFL 25," said Cam Weber, General Manager of American Football for EA SPORTS. "This year's game will push the boundaries with gameplay and feature innovations that will lay a very strong foundation for the next 25 years of this storied franchise."
The past and the future collide in the newest Madden NFL Cover Vote across ESPN platforms and SportsNation, which will see the old school take on the new school for the historically-significant cover. A bracket of 32 all-time NFL greats will go head-to-head against one another, as will 32 modern NFL superstars, with the winners of each bracket facing off in the final round. Voting will start on Monday, March 11 on ESPN.com/MaddenVote, and fans can tune into a special edition of SportsNation at 4:00pm EST on ESPN2 for the live unveil of the brackets. Last year, fans cast 20 million votes to name Calvin Johnson, Jr. as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 13 during a special reveal show of SportsNation live from Times Square in New York City.
"It's great to be back with another year of the award-winning Madden NFL Cover Vote for a brand-new game that will be the deepest and most innovative in the history of the franchise when it launches in August," said Anthony Stevenson, Senior Director of Marketing at EA SPORTS. "This year we're posing the ultimate question of who's more deserving; one of the NFL's all-time greats or one of today's hottest players?"
"This is the third consecutive year EA SPORTS and ESPN have collaborated on the Madden NFL Cover Vote in its current iteration," added Raphael Poplock, Vice President of Games and Partnerships for ESPN. "Each year has brought record-setting results as NFL fans come out in droves to support their favorite players and teams, and by going big this year with legends facing off against the league's current leaders, needless to say it will be an interesting vote with much debate and discussion."
"SportsNation is built around social engagement and topics our young audience cares about, so the Madden NFL Cover Vote is a great fit for us," said Jamie Horowitz, Vice President of Original Programming and Production for ESPN. "Our new host, Marcellus Wiley, played with the old school guys and Charissa Thompson is a new school fan, so I expect them to find fun ways to push this vote in social and on TV."
Embraced by fans and honored by critics for 25 years, Madden NFL is known as the NFL's "33rd Franchise" due to its authentic gameplay, the development team's unparalleled access to NFL resources and its prominent place in NFL culture. Since its beginning as "John Madden Football," the franchise has sold through approximately 99 million units and generated more than $3.7 billion in net revenue.