Madden NFL 25 Release Date: August 27

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Yesterday EA teased that something called Madden 25 would be coming later this year on August 27. Today the publisher confirmed that it will, in fact, be the next yearly game in the Madden franchise, titled Madden NFL 25.

"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."

Madden NFL 25 will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. No word yet on whether the game will make an appearance on Microsoft's and Sony's next-generation consoles, which are rumored to launch this fall.

The cover athlete for the game will be determined using a voting tournament. 32 "all-time NFL greats" will be pitted against one another for a spot on the game's cover. The bracket will be unveiled on ESPN's SportsNation TV program on March 11, the day that the voting begins.

"This is the third consecutive year EA Sports and ESPN have collaborated on the Madden NFL cover vote in its current iteration," said 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."

The first Madden-branded game was 1988's John Madden Football. Since that time, the franchise has sold around 99 million games and generated over $3.7 billion for its publishers.

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