John Madden has been the namesake of the longest-running NFL franchise in the video game industry for nearly three and a half decades, and EA Sports honors the memory of the late coach and broadcaster with three separate covers for Madden NFL 23. EA Sports called for John Madden in December 2021 to dedicate this year’s game to the man who made the franchise possible in the first place. To that end, rather than featuring an athlete on the Madden NFL 23 cover, EA Sports created three different covers to celebrate the three main areas of John Madden’s contributions to football.
The first cover honors John Madden’s contributions to the NFL as a coach, showing him being carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after winning Super Bowl XI as head coach in 1976. Next is a tribute to his time as an NFL NFL color commentator, which he did for CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ABC Sports and NBC Sports from 1979 to 2009. Madden Edition. Created by Philadelphia artist Chuck Styles, the art recreates the original 1988 John Madden Football Box art.
Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins originally approached John Madden in 1984 to ask for his support in bringing soccer to video games in an authentic way. Not believing that the 8-bit systems of the day could handle 22 players on the field at once, Hawkins set Madden to a 7v7 variant. Madden scoffed at the idea of downsizing, insisting that unless it was 11-a-side it couldn’t be authentic football. Because of this, the first entry in the series, John Madden Football, took four years to create before the game finally launched in 1988. Madden shared insights into how the game works, the strategies teams should implement, and the first part of the Gamebooks series.
John Madden remained the face of the series, appearing on every game cover through 2000. That changed in 2001 when the franchise began using NFL stars and introduced the concept of the cover athlete to the franchise. However, Madden returned to the cover for a special commemorative edition of Madden NFL 07 to celebrate his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. This is the first time in more than 20 years that John Madden has appeared on the series’ standard cover. Madden remained associated with the development team through his role with the NFL and provided developers with insight into the league’s rules until his death in 2021.
In addition to the special covers for this year’s entry in the Madden NFL series, EA Sports is also implementing a special first interactive experience featuring two versions of Coach Madden leading opposing teams of All Madden athletes at the 1970’s Oakland Coliseum. This special experience will feature John Madden’s voice narration in remastered audio clips reminiscent of his days as a broadcaster. EA also considers June 1st as Madden Day to commemorate the original release date of John Madden Football in 1988. To celebrate, EA HQ in Redwood Shores is inaugurating its newly renovated field in a special ceremony featuring the EA CEO, members of the Madden family, EA employees and more than John Madden Field.
Madden NFL 23 is coming later this year.
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