Madden 21 won’t hit shelves for another two months (August 25), but EA Sports teased us all Tuesday by releasing a 90-second trailer to build further excitement for the game’s highly-anticipated release. To quote Frank the Tank, it “looks glorious.”
The star-studded trailer includes cameos from Saquon Barkley, Joey Bosa, Matt Breida, Austin Ekeler, Dee Ford, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Gordon (now of the Broncos), Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, Tyreek Hill, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu, Christian McCaffrey, Von Miller, Kyler Murray, DeVante Parker, Miles Sanders, Devin Singletary, Za’Darius Smith, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bobby Wagner, JJ and TJ Watt and Russell Wilson, among others. We also get virtual glimpses of the Raiders’ new home in Las Vegas (65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium), Tom Brady wearing Bucs threads, Mike Vrabel sporting a Jim Tomsula mustache and several teams donning new uniforms including the Chargers, Falcons, Patriots and Rams. A number of high-profile rookies made appearances as well with Joe Burrow, Chase Young and CeeDee Lamb all prominent in the trailer.
Madden’s latest installment boasts “fresh pass-rush moves,” improved tackling and user-controlled touchdown celebrations with an added emphasis on “open-field realism.” The wildly popular series, which will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this summer, is also debuting a “Skill Stick” for ball-carriers, giving users the ability to juke and even hurdle over would-be defenders (as demonstrated in the trailer by both Barkley and McCaffrey). EA Sports also unveiled this year’s cover featuring reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, who was announced as the cover athlete back in April. Jackson is the second Raven to grace the cover following Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, who appeared as the featured athlete in 2005.
As someone who has played an unconscionable amount of sports video games during the coronavirus quarantine, I’m of the opinion that releasing a trailer this good, only to make us wait another 70 days for its release, qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment. Shame on you, EA Sports.