For the first time in over 20 years, the man who gave the Madden franchise its name will return to cover the game.
John Madden, who arguably influenced the game more than anyone else ever has or ever will, lands on the cover of the game that bears his name. Madden passed away at the end of 2021.
The announcement coincides with the release of the very first Madden game, on June 1, 1988.
The game has carried the exclusive license of the NFL and the NFL Players Association for almost a generation. For many, this is how they discovered football. Many play the game every day.
Those who play the Madden 23 edition will see John Madden himself every time they launch the game. And that’s a very good thing. Many young NFL fans don’t know enough about John Madden.
They will learn a lot about him in the new version of the game. And they will hear it directly. Yes, Coach Madden’s voice returns to the game via, according to EA Sports, “remastered audio clips that harken back to his legendary days as a broadcaster.”