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News Madden 23 Release Date, New Features and Preorder

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Madden 23 is one of the biggest games every single year, and that speaks to just how huge the NFL is. Every August, football fans look forward to taking over their favorite teams with new players, new gameplay mechanics, and perhaps even new modes.
In Madden 23, you'll find a familiar slate of modes--though one of them has a major new wrinkle--alongside some on-the-field overhauls which EA is calling the Fieldsense system. For more on that, plus details on the game's preorder options, Franchise mode details, and more, here's everything you need to know about Madden NFL 23.

Release date
If it's August, it's #MaddenSZN, and this year's game continues a recent tradition of spreading out its access according to a number of criteria. If you're simply looking for the global launch date, that's an easy one: Madden 23 launched worldwide on August 19 for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. However, there are a few ways to play it sooner.
Those who have an active EA Play or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription can access the game's trial as early as August 16, as can those who purchase the game's pricier All-Madden edition. If you're playing via the game's EA Play trial, you'll have up to 10 hours of gameplay time available to you, though past seasons have included stopgaps in Face of the Franchise mode, so you can't see the whole story without buying the game. Expect something similar in place for Madden 23.

What's new in Madden 23?
Madden 23's biggest change comes in the form of what's called Fieldsense, an overhaul to several of the game's on-field mechanics. New tackle animations and logic have redressed the play-by-play nature of the sport, while punchout fumbles and more gang tackles are meant to bring an added aggression to the game, which EA is collectively calling the Hit Everything feature.
The Fieldsense system addresses more than just tackling, however. It touches on virtually every part of the field, with EA Tiburon citing improvements to DBs covering wideouts, to pass rushers collapsing the pocket and getting to QBs, and with better blocking in the trenches. As always with an annual sports game, the player community will ultimately determine whether these changes are as sweeping and effectual as intended, but EA Tiburon has elected not to downplay the importance of Fieldsense.
Of the many subheadlines under the Fieldsense umbrella, the biggest one is perhaps Skill-Based Passing, which turns quarterback play into something more like fielding the ball in MLB The Show, where an active throw meter will help determine accuracy. EA Tiburon says this added level of control in the passing game will help players make back-shoulder catches and hit other tight windows like never before. After some beta activity, the larger Madden community seems to be in agreement, with many players saying once you get the hang of it, there's no going back.

Preorders
As mentioned, Madden comes in one of several packages, so if you're looking to preorder Madden 23, you'll want to pick the one that's suited for your preferences.
Those who preorder the standard edition will unlock bonus digital items including two Elite player cards for Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). This is split with one offensive and one defensive player selected from a pool of available players on each side of the ball. You'll also receive All-Madden gear to be used in MUT, as well as an undisclosed "Madden strategy item" for the same mode.
If you'd rather grab the more expensive version, here's everything you unlock for preordering the All-Madden edition:
---Unlimited early access on August 16
---4,600 Madden Points for use in the game's MUT and cosmetic shops
---Limited-time All-Madden Team Elite player card (only available through July 22)
---Dual Entitlement (access to the game's current- and last-gen versions)
---Exclusive MUT challenges available during the early access window
---Everything included in the standard edition preorder package

In addition to this, EA Play subscribers will receive a Launch Welcome Pack for use in MUT that does not require a preorder, with more monthly drops coming all season.
 
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