Madden NFL 20 Release Date, Cover Star Announced

Madden NFL 20 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 2, 2019.

EA Sports  also announced this year’s cover star: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP and offensive player of the year Patrick Mahomes. Known for his record-setting first season as a starter, Mahomes became the only quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in one season both in college and the NFL, and the third quarterback to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season.

Mahomes inspired and contributed to Face of the Franchise: QB1, a new, personalized career campaign that lets fans create their own college quarterback who plays through the College Football National Championship playoff, the NFL Combine, the NFL Draft and then a career as a starting quarterback for an NFL team. This mode introduces a new scenario engine that generates unique playable scenarios, events and dynamic challenges that creates the story of each fan’s NFL career.

Another new feature, Superstar X-Factor, aims to bring NFL stars to life, demonstrating their unique abilities. “The team this year wanted to ensure that the superstars of the NFL responded and played differently in all aspects in Madden, just as they do on the field every Sunday – we wanted to make sure the stars felt like stars,” said executive producer Seann Graddy. New player celebrations, run/pass option plays and unique playbooks are also coming for Madden NFL 20.

“The last year has been life-changing for me and landing the cover of Madden NFL 20 is both a huge honor and a dream come true as a lifelong Madden fan,” said Mahomes. “To also get the opportunity to impact the experience in the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 by providing input on the gameplay is something I never expected. I played Madden with my dad when I was a kid, and this is definitely a full circle moment for me.”

Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition benefits include 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs, a choice of 1 of 32 core elite players from an NFL team, a small training quick sell pack in Madden Ultimate team, and one unique Legends Superstar ability for Face of the Franchise: QB1.

In our review of Madden NFL 19, we called the game “Great” saying “Madden NFL 19 finds a new foundation for football gameplay on the back of its feel-good player handling.”

More from Madden NFL 20 is likely to come from this year’s EA Play event, running from June 7-9.

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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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